Tag Archives: Guatemala City

Guatemala Missions Trip

FeatureImage

I recently had the privilege of going on my second missions trip. I love missions trips! They are a crazy mix of excitement, exhaustion, and encouragement. ūüôā I love seeing God take the impossible and miraculously work through human vessels to complete His plan.¬†It’s thrilling!

During my trip to Guatemala, it was exciting to see God work in so many different ways. He enabled us to distribute over 48,000 copies of Romans to the people of Guatemala. As a result, 175 visitors attended the special services at Iglesia Bautista Fundamento Biblico. Throughout the three services, we saw 51 people accept Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. Praise the Lord! We ministered in two different schools and reached hundreds of children, teenagers, and young adults with the Gospel. Over 25 people were saved in the schools. A young man from one of the schools came out to the services and accepted Christ.

We walked for miles every day. Sometimes up steep streets, sometimes through crowded marketplaces, and sometimes through bad neighborhoods. Our feet blistered, we got sunburned, and our shoulders ached with the weight of our backpacks. It was exhausting work. We had some early mornings and some late nights. But the discomfort and exhaustion was worth every minute as we saw 10 individuals accept Christ on the streets of Guatemala City.

I came home encouraged and humbled. I was encouraged to see the nationals passionate about sharing the Gospel with the lost. I loved watching the young people of Iglesia Bautisa Fundamento Biblico open a Bible and declare the Gospel during the invitations. It was a blessing to work with other Americans to spread the Good News. Souls were reached for eternity because 18 people chose to follow God out of their comfort zone.¬†God delights in using His children to accomplish His plan. I am humbled to think that God wanted to use¬†an English-speaking girl to spread His Word in a Spanish-speaking country. As I used my few phrases of Spanish to hand out the Gospel and invite lost souls to church, God used me. There is nothing special about me; it’s only Jesus.

If you ever get a chance to go on a missions trip, do it. It will be an experience you will never forget. After I got home¬†I shared with my cousin in a text, “I came home with a renewed love for lost souls, a deeper hunger for God’s Word, and a desire to learn more Spanish so that I can communicate better.” Missions trips will change you. They will change your perspective on life and eternity. They will change the way you interact with people on the street. They will change¬†your walk with God.

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, here am I; send me.” Isaiah 6:8

School Outreaches

IMG_0068

IMG_0096 IMG_0101 IMG_0102

So many of the kids wanted selfies.

IMG_0122 IMG_0129

IMG_0164 IMG_0166

Street Outreach

IMG_0131 IMG_0141 IMG_0145

We walked through so many markets like this one. At the busier ones, you could easily hand out several hundred Scriptures.

IMG_0152 IMG_0198 IMG_0203

Church Services

IMG_0216 IMG_0230 IMG_0232 IMG_0236 IMG_0237 IMG_0243 IMG_0254 IMG_0256

IMG_0277IMG_0294

Fellowshipping in the courtyard after church.

IMG_0288

First-time visitors received a free Bible.

IMG_0286 IMG_0285

IMG_0282

Sightseeing in Antigua

IMG_0325 copy

Yes, that is an active volcano.

IMG_0324 IMG_0334

The streets are all cobblestone.

IMG_0333 IMG_0332 IMG_0328

Fellowship and New Friends (Most of these pictures are from other team members.)
12376850_10209140457728017_7655436751453214750_n

Frisbee in the church courtyard.

12963396_10209176389746295_7288797671023861340_n

Pastor Garcia and his wife, Stephanie

12967397_10206550155055926_6785505009505945321_o

12993534_10209176387226232_1185594044072937569_n

Mrs. Philbrick and I were partners for the week. We had a great time together. ūüôā

9578_10209176385266183_8019552798365685667_n

Brittney and Abbey

13001048_10209176388626267_7573737637105914346_n

12998517_10209176455907949_1717627860357884309_n

IMG_0309

IMG_8539

This picture of our entire team was taken at 4 a.m. on the morning we came home. Left to right: Mark and Tammy Philbrick, Jon and Kristi Nothstein, David Lord, Nathaniel Johnson, Chris King, Brittney Johnson, Hunter Philbrick, Luke Philbrick, Dema Johnson, Silas Philbrick, Allen Johnson, Abbie Sikma, Abbey Grimes, and Alan Harris.

13000075_10209190803826638_5276188915079240009_n

Saying “goodbye” at the airport.