We had a good first day of ministry on the missions trip to Guatemala. One of the most interesting things about the worship service this morning was having the music and praise time led by a group from the Guatemalan National Police. They had a drummer, guitarist, keyboard player, and several singers. When one hears so much about the corruption in the police departments across Latin America, it was very refreshing to see this group lead an impassioned time of worship. I had the chance to preach to the adults afterwards while other team members taught Sunday School classes for the children.
After lunch which the church provided for us, we weighed and packaged black beans and rice which had been purchased in bulk (100 lb. bags), as well as cooking oil, sugar, and powdered milk. After doing this with lots of help from the church members, we played a little stick-ball with some of the kids before beginning VBS with about 40 kids in all. When we finished VBS, we packed 60 backpacks with school supplies that our church members had donated for the children of the church. We had some extra supplies which we'll be taking to a public school later in the week.
We made a quick trip back to the hotel to refresh for a half hour or so before returning to the church for leadership training. Our children's minister led a session for children's workers while our youth minister did likewise for youth workers. Josh Stowe, pastor from Wyatt Park in St. Joseph, led a session for the adults which I translated. After that it was back to the hotel for a rather late spaghetti dinner. I think everyone is pretty exhausted after a busy day on the heels of a long travel day yesterday. Hopefully we'll catch up on some sleep tonight.