A long-time Guatemalan friend of Christians in Action, spent 3 days painting a mural on one of our orphanage walls. Thanks, Fernando, LOVE it!
Analisa is such a joy and growing up so fast. She is now potty-trained and even wakes up dry some mornings. She is learning new words every day in both English and Spanish and is starting to use sentences. She copies and repeats everything. She has also started attending Sunday School. She’s bonding with her teachers, Evy and Cony, and manages to sit still and pay attention for a whole hour.
She loves to “help” with all the chores. Her favorite activity is playing in water, be it in the kid-sized sink, the pila (laundry sink), or the baptismal aka “the pool” and sweeping.
Stefani, (Tifa) is doing really well with her new family and they allow visits on a regular basis. They even got her a new puppy which she absolutely adores.
Missionary Anita Byle is still visiting a church plant up in the mountains once a month. Some of the ladies she ministers to are joyfully growing in the Lord and it’s so good to see them sharing the love of Jesus with others in their village.
Anita has been helping one young lady once or twice a week with her English homework. Alejandra,18, is our nanny’s daughter and in her last year of high school. Anita loves seeing her eyes light up when she finally understands what she is learning.
DOH wants to thank all of you who so faithfully support the Lord’s work in Guatemala, and for covering all the workers in prayer.
Greetings in our precious savior’s matchless name!
We had a baptism service conducted last Saturday trusting in our Lord, where 3 boys from the Home, as well as a believer who worships the Lord with us here obeyed the Lord. It was indeed a blessed occasion as we could once again witness our Lord’s goodness and rejoice in the fact that the young boys as well as the adults could taste His love. He was merciful to them that they were moved to obey His commandments in the waters of baptism. One of them was an elderly lady, who had first come to our Home to have her grandson dropped off to stay with us. We are glad that she is now a child of God who is very keen in growing in Him as well.
Although I was not particularly in good health (my back does gives me trouble at times), and it was not too comfortable having to stoop for the immersion, God gave me His grace to do the service for His name’s glory alone. We had the privilege of being graced by the presence of a few local Pastors as well, who prayed for them before they went into the water. It was conducted at our own baptism pool, which we were able to construct with the prayers and support of love received from many of our supporters like you – praise God.
Please pray for the boys who got baptized and the elderly lady so that they will live a life that brings glory to our Savior’s great name, and that they will be witnesses for His love.
Praise the Lord! Elijah was a man just like us, but through his faith he was able to do many miraculous things. As we serve the same God he had put his trust in, we too receive many wonderful provisions from above, which may seem impossible to man. We have now completed the roofing project at the boys’ home and are happy to share a few pictures.
You can see me, Paul, standing under the newly- built roof with Paneer, folding his hands, a bit shy. He is from Erodu, Tamil Nadu and had come to us four years ago from a hindu village. His father is a poojari (the chief leader of worship at a Hindu temple). This is what he had said to a Pastor who is related to him – “take my son with you and bring him up in your way of life (Christian), never mind what I believe or am doing”. He knew the path of the Pastor was hopeful blessed. The boy is now born again and he wants to be baptized along with the other six grown-ups at the home.
Praise God for the provision of the roof – the purpose is achieved, as you can see the children have started hanging their washed cloths to dry. This other thought came to me as well – there will be thousands of liters of water coming down the roof when it rains, and rather than wasting it, it would be great if we could make a big water tank underneath the roof, where we can store the water. The construction is on its way. It is in fact half-way through and will be completed soon. This is with a two-fold purpose- it can be used as a Baptism pool, and for water storage during the dry season – letting you know for your kind prayer and consideration.
For the past many weeks, we had been experiencing the most darkest period in Marayoor due to power outage and other calamities due to heavy wind. Until now, there has not been much rain in our area but we are expecting it from next week. We experience power failure quite often and therefore we could do with a generator for the children to use as they have so much of home-work to be done. Mere candles will not be enough if the outages extend to more than a couple of hours.
There are other exciting stories of people who turned to Jesus. Please wait for the next time, be blessed. Thank you so much for the love and concern you have shown towards us and the Lord’s ministry we are entrusted with, especially with the roofing project. May God reward you richly for the partaking you had in this.