Just the facts this time, I promise. 

Monday – Leah and Jake stayed at home with Aunt Karen and played with the Kinman kids.  Why you may ask were the Kinman kids at the Aunt Karen’s house?  Because their house was being fumigated for scorpions.  WOW! (Another reason to pray, for safety.)

I got to got with a group of 11 people from Texas (2 pastors and people from their churches), Chuch Ward, Jerry Kinman, and Jaime to a small town about 1.5 hours away to the south called La Gomera, on the coast by the Pacific Ocean.  Yes… I did get to walk along the very nice black sand beach, and yes I paid too much money for a very nice meal of garlic shrimp and Caribbean style rice and beans, and boy was it good. But that was not even close to being the highlight of the day.  Let me tell you.

La Gomera is a small town way out in the country.  It is not in the mountains (like Sumpango).  It is not an urban town with homes built right next to each other.  It is spread out, laid out almost square, straight streets, symmetric blocks and so on.  It is not city poor, it is rural poor.  The town is surrounded by huge fields of sugar cane.

Pastor Dagoberto is a Mexican Missionary, sent out by a group of churches in Mexico.  He has started in church in a suburb of Guatemala City called Villa Nueva.  It is a lower middle class church, meaning some of the people own cars and computers.  He has worked at that church for six years, and has a solid core of believers attending.  I don’t know how God worked this, but somehow this Mexican pastor working in the Capital of Guatemala found out about this tiny little poor country town in the south and decided to start a mission there.  In the town proper, he rents a small building and has about 25-30 adults attending as well as 25-30 children. But then, he went about 3 to 4 miles further out into the country to the really poor people and has started a Bible Club for children in a little house he rents. And when I say house, I mean a concrete and block building with dirt/concrete floors, only cold running water outside of the house, no indoor plumbing, no inside doors, no beds only mats and a couple of chairs.  This man chooses to live this way in order to share the Gospel with little children who don’t understand or appreciate his sacrifice.

 Here is his schedule.  Every Monday he rides a public bus for 2 hours from his nice modern house in Villa Nueva down to that poor tiny house outsided of La Gomera. On Monday, he has kids club.  On Tuesday, he does a radio broadcast in that town.  On Wednesday, he does visitation and a midweek service, and one weekend of every month stays thru Sunday and preaches at the little church in La Gomera.  The other three weekends, deacons from the church come down and do the preaching.  The pastors from Texas are looking into sponsoring a Manna Feeding Center in La Gomera. 

Pastor Dagoberto is hoping that in one year he can turn over his church in Villa Nueva to another man, and move with his wife to La Gomera.  Praise the Lord for his heart and willingness to love those people and share the Gospel with them.  It was a great thing for me to see and made a big impression on me.  What a great example of Philippians 2 in which Christ left heaven, and took the form of man, humbled himself, came to serve, became obedient even unto the death of the cross.

The other great benefit and blessing for me on that Monday was the great conversations I had with Jerry Kinman, Pastor Jaime, and Pastor Dale Wilt of Jerrell, Texas.  We had a great day of fellowship together, praising the Lord for His work in our lives, His work in the US, and in Guatemala as well.