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.
All 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.
The 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.
The 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.
- 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
Share 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.
Here are a few photos from last year’s trip:
To see more photos check out this team update.
To find out more about ASELSI and The Crossing’s partnership in Guatemala read this overview. Also, check out Widbins in Guatemala, a guest post by Ron Widbin. Ron and Sally Widbin serve at ASELSI as full time missionaries from The Crossing.
Watch ESI in the coming weeks for photos and an update from the Winter 2017 team.