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- Last Updated: Monday, 05 September 2016 15:14
A fourteen member team from St. Peter’s spent a week in Guatemala in mid-June hosted by Todd and Maureen Erickson and Redeemer’s House Ministries. Team members included Mark and Nancy Baker, Hayes Baker, Kelly Cockrill, Pam Pierce- Johnston, Anne Schultz and Bob Loker from St. Peter’s. Other team members included Carly Webb, Hannah Snyder, Haley Alcock, Lucy Dickerson, Sara Ruscitella, Andrew Battleson and Becky Loker. This was the fifth year in a row that St. Peter’s has sent a team to Guatemala.
Redeemer’s House runs an after school program for children in the town of Santiago Zamora and runs two feeding stations for undernourished children in remote Mayan areas in the Highlands. In addition they work alongside Iglesia Refugio, a church plant in a squatters’ community that has sprung up alongside an abandoned railroad track in the center of Guatemala City. The people here live in shacks made from corrugated metal. Our team also ministered at Hogar de Esperanza (Hope for Home), a ministry to disabled children supported by the Wednesday Night Bible Study.
Our team did a family photography project in Santiago Zamora on a Sunday afternoon after church. Most families have never had a family picture taken so we took pictures, printed them on the spot and framed them for the families. During the week we taught a vacation Bible school, helped with an after school program and served at the feeding stations.
We brought down in our luggage over $1000 in supplies for the mission, including books for the after school program, health items, and craft supplies. We also brought “walking around money”. These were funds donated by team members, church members and friends and family. During the week the team tried to follow Christ’s pattern of seeing a need, feeling compassion and answering that need. On our last night in Guatemala we met as a team, listed needs and, as a group, prayed together to determine which needs we were called to address. That was a rich experience. Here are some of the needs we meet:
We allocated $2000 to buy a year’s supply of formula and physical therapy for Cheyli, a five year old girl in the village suffering from cerebral palsy. (We have been supporting Cheyli for the past three years.)
We gave Hogar de Esperanza $850 to purchase two oxygen machines. One is for Karli, a six month old girl with Down syndrome and a severe heart problem. The other is for Dora, a fourteen year old girl with severe scoliosis.
We gave Rami and Shirley, pastors at El Refugio, $1250 for Shirley to see a dermatologist for treatment of a severe grease burn on her arm that has been infected for three months in spite of several rounds of antibiotics.
We bought tables, white boards and pilas (multi-purpose cement sinks used in South America) for the feeding stations and Iglesia El Refugio , and donated funds for an outreach soccer project at El Refugio.
We gave Todd $775 to be used for ministry at his discretion.
We enjoyed some recreational time; meals out, morning coffee on the town square, and a hike up an active volcano. Our final night in Guatemala we were able to witness a powerful manifestation of God's glory. From the roof of our home in Antigua we viewed a beautiful, fiery, dramatic and thunderous eruption of Volcano El Fuego. A fitting close to our trip!
Our trip was totally self-supported with no expense to St. Peter's. The participants each covered $1700 in transportation, insurance, food and lodging expenses. All of our ministry expenses were covered by generous donations. Profit from our fall Guatemalan handcraft sale also helped finance our ministry. We brought back many beautiful items this year so please support our fall sale!
Thank you St. Peter's parishioners, Diocese of Virginia, Loudoun Missions Foundation, team members, friends and family. Your financial and prayer support made this ministry possible.