Operation Central America

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Reflecting on God's goodness

"Let making disciples be the song of their lives."
- Pastor Mark describing his prayer for Wooddale senior high students.

The final days in Guatemala are a time for rest and reflection before returning to our homes in Minnesota. The ministry staff provides this important opportunity for students and leaders to process what God is teaching them and how they can act upon what they learn.

During the trip, the ministry teams were accompanied by local evangelists and translators who helped the teams share the gospel during outreach in the community. These local missionaries also contributed valuable teaching to the students.

For example, William, a missionary from El Salvador who accompanied the mime team, also taught Thursday evening on Daniel 3, the account of Daniel's three friends being thrown into the fiery furnace for their faith and yet being protected from harm by a fourth person in the furnace with them. A reason for coming to Guatemala was to prepare ourselves for the fiery furnace. Students were challenged to consider whom they were when they came to Guatemala and whom they will be when they leave. William has been part of Wooddale's senior high mission trip to Guatemala for more than 20 years and continues to pray for our students from those trips.

Another Wooddale Global Partner, Chris Erickson, taught the evening before on the glory of Jesus Christ in Hebrews 1:1-3. A theme throughout the teachings has been to remind students of the need to be focused on whom God is, learning from his Word, and relying on the Holy Spirit to guide us.

After time for reflection along the shore of Lake Atitlán, and part of a day in Antigua, the colonial capital of Guatemala, the team is ready to start its journey home.

We look forward to sharing with you what God is doing in Guatemala and how he is changing us to be equipped for his work. Please join us Sunday morning at 9:45 for a celebration with the OCA team, the Chicago urban mission team, and the Project Colorado team. We'll meet in the Hillside room.

Thank you for your prayers!


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