Tough Schools, Broken Hearts

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Pleasure Seeking Scene in our drama

Today was a hard day. Initially, our team began ministry missing a missionary, a leader and an interpreter because of a doctor’s appointment one team member had (for a pre-existing condition). Then, on the way to our first school a bad accident occurred at the foot of the mountain we needed to drive up. It shut down the road for two hours! As you can imagine, sitting in traffic on a hot bus for two hours is mentally challenging. On top of that, it took so long, we lost our opportunity to visit that first school.

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Stuck here for hours because of an accident we couldn’t get around

We finally arrived at our second school that was actual our first since we missed the first one. It was a primary school and we shared with the students and loved on them then we ate lunch and headed to the next school. There, we reconnected with our missing team members.

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The next school was a tough school, maybe the toughest yet. The students were hardened by their circumstances and we could see it on their face. Many laughed during our share time with the whole school but it’s amazing to see how God works.

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When we went into the individual classrooms we could all sense the spirit moving. In one class 22 gave their life to Jesus.

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One group of four missionaries were finished in their classroom waiting on the field when a small fourteen year old boy came up and asked for prayer. He said that he didn’t have a dad at home and his mom had recently lost her job. He, his mom, and  his little brother had no food in their home and no money. Could we pray that his mom would find a job?

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We all sensed the weight this young man carried. We cried, prayed, and gave him all the food we had left over from lunch and a small sum of money. When we gave him the money relief fell over him and he cried as he told us it was the exact amount for his rent at home!

We all felt overwhelmed at the way God was showing himself to this young man, Abner, yet our hearts still broke for him. We had to remember that God loves him and will take care of him just like he did today.

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Several other missionaries had students ask for prayer as they confided in them about abusive home lives and other very difficult situations. We prayed with them all and left feeling broken for the hurting. We headed to the next school trying to re-center.

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We arrived there to find another group of very hardened students, but God moved mightily. In one classroom, 23 came to accept Jesus. There were many others. We gave many of them tracts about their new life in Christ.

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We headed home for an evening of sharing, expressing gratitude, and worshipping God. Pray for these hurting students, little Abner and his mom and brother, those that told us of abuse in their homes, and the Guatemalan students,in general. Many of them live very hard lives.

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Pray for our strength, tenacity, and unity. We are a strong team who loves each other. But, we are doing great things for God and need your prayer support.