Short-Term Team in Guatemala

We returned from Guatemala a few weeks ago, and it was an incredible time.

We went with a group from Erin’s home church in Indiana. When Jay, her father, went to be with the Lord last year, people were asked to send donations to the church’s mission fund in lieu of flowers. They decided to use the money to support a children’s feeding center in Guatemala through a group called Missionary Ventures.

So Vickie, Erin and I along with a group of 6 others flew to Guatemala to visit the feeding center and help with some other projects. We were very well taken care of by Randy and Brenda Purcell, a missionary couple living there with their 3 kids.

Guatemala did not look anything like we imagined. Flying in, you could see volcanoes sticking above the cloud tops. Guatemala City was very spread out and much more modern than we had thought. We didn’t go out into the far, far villages, but they assured us all of Guatemala was not that industrialized.

The very first event we attended was a pastor’s breakfast in the city. It is always a blessing to us to see people from other cultures worshiping our great God…even though we don’t know the words, we can worship in Spirit with them. Many of the pastors and their wives are involved with Missionary Ventures. MV comes alongside them and helps them reach the people around their churches. Some run children’s feeding centers or clinics for alcoholics.

During the week, we also helped with a few work projects at their mission house and at a local school. We put a fresh coat of paint on a few walls, hung a new light as well as a drop ceiling. It’s humbling to see the conditions in which many kids try to learn. We were only able to do a little, but the director was so very thankful.

The highlight of our trip was visiting the feeding center in Santa Clara La Laguna…a small city a few hours outside the capital. Three days a week, 35 children come for a few hours for classes and them a meal and vitamins. It was amazing to see how much they appreciated us coming and spending the afternoon with them.

After a short presentation of the funding for the center by Vickie, honoring Jay, we played some games and helped serve them their dinner. We finished the evening by showing the children’s version of the JESUS Film.

This trip was different than any we have taken before. We had a great time and we were blessed as God used us to meet physical needs as well as spiritual needs. It’s a reminder to us that there are many needs everywhere.

Luke and Erin Turner
Short-Term Team Members

Luke helping to install the drop-ceiling in a classroom.

Our team from Erin’s home church.

Erin with 2 boys in Panajachel she had just given some food.

Vickie presenting a picture of Jay to the pastor and children of the feeding center in Santa Clara La Laguna.

The Purcell family (from l-r): Leah, Brenda, Seth, Nate, Randy)