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Kenya Missions Info & Prayers for Guatemala Team:

JOIN US TONIGHT!! Where? Cami Wheeler’s home Email:  missions@thecrossingchurch.com to receive directions ~or~ Stop by their MEET & GREET TABLE tomorrow morning between services in the Lobby Erick & Kimberly Apel have been missions partners of The Crossing for nearly a decade in Nairobi, Kenya where they live with their young daughter, Eliana, and serve

ASELSI: Guatemala: Thank You!

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Thanks to leaders from a discipleship program in Missouri [The Crossing!!], and their heart to come and train Guatemalans how to follow Christ, ASELSI hosted a discipleship conference with nearly 100 people attending from a healthy mix of churches that are using the discipleship program. These “disciples” are learning to follow Christ by studying God’s Word and putting it into practice in their lives. See more about the Discipleship Program at ASELSI here.

Why is the discipleship program important to ASELSI?

The discipleship program is a testimony to the core vision of ASELSI:   “Equipping the Saints.”   At ASELSI we have a goal and a passion that is spelled out in this vision. We want to equip the body of Christ with Biblical teachings.

The discipleship program is led by local pastor, Miguel Angel Morales, one of our EBA graduates.  God began using him to make disciples. and now he’s equipping them by giving them the tools to have a solid foundation in their lives. This is extending into the churches and communities themselves.

This  is a team effort with Bill Penketham and Chuck Worstell, from Columbia, Missouri. who brought the High Quest program to Chichicastenango. Through this partnership we see discipleship growing here in Guatemala as a beautiful image of nations, tribes, and different tongues working together to be the body of Christ.

Glory to God for this!

~~Emanuel Perez, ASELSI Director

Guatemala Team: Winter 2018

Please pray for the Winter Missions Team heading to Chichicastenango, Guatemala this coming Monday, January 29th. This yearly team is mostly made up of returning members who assist every winter during the week-long discipleship training conference being held by ASELSI, one of The Crossing’s partner ministries in Guatemala. Joseph is a new member of this

Guatemala: Fundraiser and More Photos

Guatemala Fundraiser

  • Date: Sat., May 6
  • Time: 6–8 p.m.
  • Location: Copperstone Clubhouse

The Crossing has a very significant partnership with ASELSI in Guatemala, including a medical clinic and church in Chichicastenango and many other great ministries they provide to the people in the surrounding region. Please come to the Copperstone clubhouse and plan to support their efforts to assist the needs of the people in Guatemala.

There will be finger foods served and homemade craft beer and wine will be available for a donation. Ron and Sally Widbin, missionaries from The Crossing, will share about the exciting things God is doing in people’s lives in Guatemala.

No need to sign up. Just show up.

More Winter Team Photos:

In early February, The Crossing sent a missions team to Guatemala. This team, made up largely of returning members, assists every year during the week-long discipleship training conference–another great ministry of ASELSI.

Here are even more wonderful photos from the Guatemala: Winter 2017 Team. If you missed Part 1 last week, you can find it here.

Guatemala: Winter 2017 Team Photos

In early February, The Crossing sent a mission team to Guatemala. This yearly team is made up largely of returning members who assist annually during the week-long discipleship training conference being held by ASELSI, The Crossing’s partner ministry in Guatemala. Here are some of their photos from the conference and their time in Chichicastenango: Discipleship

Guatemala Winter Missions Team

Please pray for the Winter Missions Team heading to Chichicastenango, Guatemala this coming Monday, January 30th. This yearly team is made up largely of returning members who assist annually during the week-long discipleship training conference being held by ASELSI, The Crossing’s partner ministry in Guatemala.

Here is an excerpt from Jan 2016 to give you an idea of the kind of work this team participates in each winter:

The team will be serving local people in Chichicastenango, Guatemala and the surrounding towns and villages. The people of this region are some of the poorest in Central America. The focus is really on the ASELSI/Crossing Discipleship Conference, while visiting the State hospital in Santa Cruz del Quiche’, assisting at the ASELSI medical clinic, and doing home visits in Choybaj, also remain important parts of the trip.

Short term mission teams frequently have immediate impacts for the people they serve such as providing food, clean water and health care or they participate in a variety of building projects.

2015 Guatemala Discipleship Conference_A Community of BelieversAll these things are good and worthwhile, but this team hopes to have an even longer-lasting impact, an impact that is eternal and reaches far beyond Chichicastenango.  The hope is to use the conference as a platform to share The Navigators Discipleship Program, known as High Quest, with local pastors and members of their churches. The basis of High Quest is to teach people how to know Christ deeply, reflect Christ authentically and share Christ intentionally.

2015 Guatemala Discipleship Conference_For the Young and OldThe Crossing’s Men of IMPACT ministry uses this same discipleship program to guide the hearts of men here in Columbia, Missouri. Chuck Worstell and Bill Pinkethman, with the help of Guatemalan Pastor Miguel Ángel, have been sharing High Quest with pastors in and around Chichicastenango for over 12 years now. During the last 3 of those years, the winter mission team has assisted with hosting a High Quest discipleship conference in Chichicastenango. This has provided a format to share the discipleship program in more detail and in a setting where pastors can interact and grow in Christ together.

2015 Guatemala Discipleship Conference Pastor Miguel ÁngelThe result of the discipleship program has been over 300 members of local Guatemalan churches intentionally growing in Christ together. Furthermore, some of those same individuals are now going out into other parts of Guatemala and Central America to share Christ with others. Through God’s will they will have eternally lasting effects on the hearts of the people of Guatemala and surrounding countries.

Main activities:

  • Visiting the State hospital in Santa Cruz del Quiche’
  • Assisting at the ASELSI medical clinic
  • Doing home visits in Choybaj
  • Assist, hosting and participating in the ASELSI/Crossing Discipleship Conference

Team goals:

2015 Guatemala Discipleship Conference_Crossing Team Sharing TestimoniesShare with conference participants that being a Christian is much more than going to church on Sundays but rather it means being transformed into a servant hearted disciple of Christ.  As disciples we are all called to know God better by studying his Word in the scriptures, submit to God by applying the truth of his Word to our lives and share God’s truths displayed in the Gospel by serving others with love and humility as Christ did for us.

Team prayer requests:

  • That the team submits to and trusts the will of God in everything we do related to our trip and the discipleship conference.
  • That the team is bold with regards to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that God gives us the strength and wisdom to do his will rather than ours.
  • That the participants in the discipleship conference have safe travels, are drawn closer to God and are empowered to go out into the world as witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Read the full article here.

Mission Spotlight: Widbins in Guatemala

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Ron and Sally Widbin live in Chichicastenango, Guatemala where they have served with ASELSI for three and a half years.  Keep Ron and Sally in prayer as God leads them into new adventures. If you are interested in going to Guatemala with the Summer 2016 missions team, make sure to attend the March 20 Guatemala Info Meeting.

  • Support the Widbins by making a check payable to The Crossing with “The Widbins” in the memo line.
  • Contact the Widbins via Sally’s email: sally.widbin@gmail.com

Below is a guest blogpost written by Ron.

Guatemala Team Update

12694808_10153841819349242_4383435082018828003_oPray for the Winter Guatemala Missions Team as they leave ASELSI in Chichi and travel home. Chris Woodson provides this day-by-day update with photos.

Day 1 As we ended our first day in Chichicastenango, I was reminded what true wealth is…

  • Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? James 2:5

I am thankful to God for the gift of my friends in Guatemala.

Winter Guatemala Mission Trip Leaving Soon

2015 Team with Pastor Miguel Ángel and FamilyThe Crossing’s Winter Guatemala Mission Trip to serve with ASELSI in Chichicastenango is leaving soon. Pray for them both as they prepare to go and for the entirety of their trip.

Dates of travel: January 30 – February 6, 2016

Itinerary details:

  • Two days of travel from Columbia, MO to Chichicastenango, Guatemala.
  • First day:  Orientation to the ASELSI Mission in Chichicastenango, visit patients in the state hospital in Santa Cruz del Quiche’ and prepare for the ASELSI/Crossing Discipleship Conference which the group will help host with Pastor Miguel Ángel.
  • Second day:  Continue preparing for the discipleship conference in morning and participate in the conference in the afternoon at the ASELSI Mission with over 80 pastors from towns and villages from northern Guatemala.
  • Third day: Participate in the discipleship conference.
  • Fourth day:  Help with Clinic Day at the ASELSI mission in the morning and do home visits in the town of Choybaj in the afternoon.
  • Two days of travel from Chichicastenango, Guatemala to Columbia, MO

Team demographics:
The team is relatively small this trip and as in years past is headed up by Bill Penkethman and Chuck Worstell, who have been sharing The Navigators High Quest Discipleship Program with local Guatemalan pastors for approximately 12 years now.  Also co-leading the team this year are Michelle and Chris Woodson, four year veterans of the winter trip to the ASELSI Mission and the ASELSI/Crossing Discipleship Conference.  Other participants include Bill Penkethman’s wife, Debbie Penkethman, Bob Boone, Trent Poage and Joey  Schenz.

Target populations: Who do you hope to serve? What specific struggles and needs do they have?

Mission Spotlight: Guatemala

1805The Crossing became involved in Guatemala through the work of Dr. Jim Gamble an optometrist who had for many years been leading eye glass teams to Chichicastenango (often called Chichi) where they served with ASELSI (Equipping the Saints International). Now, each year, The Crossing sends short-term mission teams to serve in a host of different capacities from construction to running pastor’s conferences to medical care.

Ron and Sally Widbin, members of The Crossing were so captivated by Guatemala that they moved to Chichi to serve as full-time missionaries at ASELSI. Together they coordinate the short-term teams. Ron also uses his extensive feature reporting experience to tell the stories of ASELSI. Sally is also the director of Jesus’ Little Lambs Center. Watch for a missionary spotlight about them in coming weeks.

ASELSI ministries include: