I returned on July 15th from a week-long trip to Guatemala with my colleague, Verlyn Bergen. We enjoyed the fellowship and teaching time that we shared with a group of 74 pastors and leaders at a two-day training event in Quetzaltenango. It's the rainy season there now and the rain, coupled with the altitude in the mountains, kept the temperatures quite comfortable. We enjoyed weather in the 60s and 70s before arriving back in the middle of an extended heat warning of several days here in Missouri.
We were able to visit several places where Verlyn is considering bringing one of two missions teams he'll be heading up to Guatemala this coming year. On Thursday, we paid a visit to the Tabitha Ministry near the city dump in Guatemala City. They have managed to enclose what was an open patio on the roof, affording them an additional closed-in space for an expanded number of children for whom they are caring. The ministry currently ministers to about 85 children in this facility.
There is a need for prayer for this ministry as the owner of the building they are occupying wishes to sell it by the end of the year. They must determine whether or not to stay and come up with funds for purchasing the building, or find other suitable accommodations.