Never too Young, Never too Old--Belton, Missouri, Team Falls in Love in Guatemala!

Hi all!

I’m back home after another fantastic trip to Guatemala—this time with a team from LifeQuest Church in Belton, Missouri. This team worked with a wide range of people from senior citizens to school children. The agenda was simple. At each place, we played, shared stories, and ate with new friends and acquaintances. As a result, two new PSE groups are getting started, and a couple of churches will be sending their own teams to other parts of Guatemala to do the same. Here are a few pictures of our week together.

On our first day, we met with the seniors center of Santa Cruz Naranjo. Here our team posed with a dear lady from the center. From left to right is Dawn Farrill, her husband George, 16-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Catron, Belinda Burkhardt, and me.

On our first day, we met with the seniors center of Santa Cruz Naranjo. Here our team posed with a dear lady from the center. From left to right is Dawn Farrill, her husband George, 16-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Catron, Belinda Burkhardt, and me.

On our last day, we spent the morning with a group of school children. Here, George holds a target as the children take turns throwing balls at it.

On our last day, we spent the morning with a group of school children. Here, George holds a target as the children take turns throwing balls at it.

At a seniors center near Quesada, Guatemala, we were called upon to dance with the men and women as Cesar served as the DJ—playing some of their favorite songs from their youth.

At a seniors center near Quesada, Guatemala, we were called upon to dance with the men and women as Cesar served as the DJ—playing some of their favorite songs from their youth.

At a youth group gathering of Iglesia Mision Damasco (Damascus Mission Church) in Rinconcito, Guatemala, Dawn delicately placed her piece on the top of the Jenga tower as her team looked on. This youth group is planning a trip to the jungle this year to help with our work there.

At a youth group gathering of Iglesia Mision Damasco (Damascus Mission Church) in Rinconcito, Guatemala, Dawn delicately placed her piece on the top of the Jenga tower as her team looked on. This youth group is planning a trip to the jungle this year to help with our work there.

All enjoyed the Jenga challenge!

All enjoyed the Jenga challenge!

At Iglesia Damasco in Rinconcito, this man shared what he is grateful for. He lost his leg in an accident falling from the top of a train in Mexico last year while trying to get to the United States. He is grateful for his life, his church, and his friends.

At Iglesia Damasco in Rinconcito, this man shared what he is grateful for. He lost his leg in an accident falling from the top of a train in Mexico last year while trying to get to the United States. He is grateful for his life, his church, and his friends.

In Santa Cruz, Alex placed bead necklaces around each neck of the senior ladies.

In Santa Cruz, Alex placed bead necklaces around each neck of the senior ladies.

Dancing with the seniors in Santa Cruz Naranjo

Dancing with the seniors in Santa Cruz Naranjo

Making balloon figures was a hit at several places. Here, Alex showed some children how to make a dog.

Making balloon figures was a hit at several places. Here, Alex showed some children how to make a dog.

To this group of 2nd and 3rd graders, Alex shared how when she was about their age, her parents divorced, and it forced her to grow up quicker than she wanted to. About three years ago, she came to faith in Christ and now loves going on mission trips.

To this group of 2nd and 3rd graders, Alex shared how when she was about their age, her parents divorced, and it forced her to grow up quicker than she wanted to. About three years ago, she came to faith in Christ and now loves going on mission trips.

We spent one day with Humberto Solares. Some of you may remember that a team from Open Range Fellowship in Lone Jack, Missouri helped him purchase this horse (named Bambino) for the beginning of an equine therapy program for special needs children. Here, Humberto leads Bambino as Clarissa, an expert in ET from San Jose Pinula, Guatemala, tests the horse’s abilities and points some things out to the group gathered for the orientation.

We spent one day with Humberto Solares. Some of you may remember that a team from Open Range Fellowship in Lone Jack, Missouri helped him purchase this horse (named Bambino) for the beginning of an equine therapy program for special needs children. Here, Humberto leads Bambino as Clarissa, an expert in ET from San Jose Pinula, Guatemala, tests the horse’s abilities and points some things out to the group gathered for the orientation.

When we stopped to eat after the training, Bambino stuck his head in the window to see what we were eating!

When we stopped to eat after the training, Bambino stuck his head in the window to see what we were eating!

At the first meeting of a new Christian Rancher group in Chiapas, Guatemala, Valentin Solares, a local pastor, makes a point as he welcomes his friends to a Guatemalan style barbecue.

At the first meeting of a new Christian Rancher group in Chiapas, Guatemala, Valentin Solares, a local pastor, makes a point as he welcomes his friends to a Guatemalan style barbecue.

At the Jesus Viene (meaning Jesus is Coming) Church in Chiapas, Guatemala, George told the biblical story of Matthew 20 where a vineyard owner pays all the workers the same daily wage—even to those who only worked an hour. As a manager of a landscaping company, he shared how crazy it would be for him to do the same thing—highlighting God’s amazing grace to all, even to those who come to Christ at the last hour. As a Christian since 2017, George feels grateful that God gives him the same claim to eternal life that long-time believers get.

At the Jesus Viene (meaning Jesus is Coming) Church in Chiapas, Guatemala, George told the biblical story of Matthew 20 where a vineyard owner pays all the workers the same daily wage—even to those who only worked an hour. As a manager of a landscaping company, he shared how crazy it would be for him to do the same thing—highlighting God’s amazing grace to all, even to those who come to Christ at the last hour. As a Christian since 2017, George feels grateful that God gives him the same claim to eternal life that long-time believers get.

A trio sang for a PSE Sunday morning gathering with the Jesus Viene Church in Chiapas. On the left is Carlos Chavaria, the pastor and long-time friend. Later this year, Carlos plans to take a team to the jungle to partner in our mission work there.

A trio sang for a PSE Sunday morning gathering with the Jesus Viene Church in Chiapas. On the left is Carlos Chavaria, the pastor and long-time friend. Later this year, Carlos plans to take a team to the jungle to partner in our mission work there.

During the trip, each member of the team had at least one opportunity to share their faith story. I wish I had time to highlight each one, but in every case, the stories really connected. In several places, people prayed to receive Christ.

10:02 PRAYER

Pray for the Iglesia Damasco Church in Rinconcito and the Jesus Viene Church in Chiapas as they reach out to youth and unchurched people in their respective areas. Pray also that they will be able to join us on a mission trip to the jungle this year.

Pray for the new Christian Rancher group getting started with our friend Valentin Solares and for the ongoing efforts of Humberto Solares’ group that is leading the way in starting the Equine Therapy ministry. Pray that Linda Wright, a horse training specialist in ET, will be able to raise the funds for her to go down soon to begin training Bambino.

ENGAGE

Word is getting out that Bill Burrows and I will be storming through Nebraska a couple of weeks in August and September. August 21-25 we plan to be in the Valentine, Nebraska, and on Saturday, August 24th, from 9am to 3pm, we will be at First Baptist Church in Valentine for a PSE training camp. The cost is $20, lunch and snacks included. To sign up, contact Pastor Johnathon Moore at fbcvalentine@yahoo.com or call (402) 389-1757.

We plan to be in Nebraska again from September 6-15. On Saturday, September 7th, from 8:45am to 4:30pm, we will be at Cedar Creek Bible Church near Burwell, Nebraska, for a Rural Christian Worker's Conference. We will be leading one of the 5 breakout sessions. To sign up, contact Joel Wentworth at joelwent@hotmail.com or call (402) 340-3370.

On Saturday, September 14th, from 9am to 3pm, we will be at Burwell Baptist for another PSE training camp. The cost is $20, lunch and snacks included. To sign up, contact Joel Wentworth at joelwent@hotmail.com or call (402) 340-3370.

INVEST

Thanks for investing in this ministry. We have seen a lot happen during this summer, and your gifts have made it possible. Your continued partnership has carried us big time. Keep it up!

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One last note before I sign off. While we were in Guatemala, the funeral service for our good friend and partner, Frank Slaughter, took place. Frank was pastor of Open Range Fellowship in Lone Jack, Missouri, and so wanted to come to Guatemala on a mission trip but never was able to. In his last days, he modeled how to make every day count as he battled cancer head on for two grueling years. Our prayers go out to his family, including his wife Brenda and his daughter Laura, who has been with us on a couple of mission trips to Guatemala.

Thanks again for all your prayers and support. Love y’all!

Steve

PS…Below are more pics…Thanks again LifeQuest for your partnership!

At the seniors center in Quesada, these ladies made a sign to welcome us. It says, “Welcome American Brothers.”

At the seniors center in Quesada, these ladies made a sign to welcome us. It says, “Welcome American Brothers.”

Belinda and Alex tying off balloons

Belinda and Alex tying off balloons

This little lady suffers from dementia but dances out of pure joy!

This little lady suffers from dementia but dances out of pure joy!

George played Connect Four with a new friend in Chiapas, Guatemala.

George played Connect Four with a new friend in Chiapas, Guatemala.

Alex shakes hands with her opponent.

Alex shakes hands with her opponent.

Dawn gave a prize to Elizabeth Chavaria, the pastor’s wife in Chiapas, after playing Connect Four together. After the trip, Dawn wrote her friends on Facebook to say, “This trip was life changing!”

Dawn gave a prize to Elizabeth Chavaria, the pastor’s wife in Chiapas, after playing Connect Four together. After the trip, Dawn wrote her friends on Facebook to say, “This trip was life changing!”

As a former barrel racer and self-avowed horse lover, Alex couldn’t wait to ride Bambino.

As a former barrel racer and self-avowed horse lover, Alex couldn’t wait to ride Bambino.

Taking Bambino for a spin

Taking Bambino for a spin

Belinda gets a selfie with a couple of school girls.

Belinda gets a selfie with a couple of school girls.

The last day, the group posed for a picture with a class of school children near Amberes, Guatemala.

The last day, the group posed for a picture with a class of school children near Amberes, Guatemala.