|This bridge was built by slaves in the late 1400s.|
|A very shaky bridge leading to one of the villages.|
|A coffee plant nursery in one of the villages.|
|One of the churches of Lluvias de Gracia, with Pastor George.|
The particular group around the table was unique in some ways as there was more "haves" at the table than "have nots." The challenge in this case is to help the "haves" understand the necessity of the operating from a "pull" not a "push" - meaning that those struggling with poverty and the volunteer pastors must have a say in the solution if there is to be any progress. There can't be a decision that "all pastors will run a business" when many pastors may not be gifted or have the desire to run a business. My experience with Asset Based Community Development and Restorers came in very handy for those discussions.
|Very traditional dress in one of the villages, worn by all the women.|
Overall, it was a very good week in which we learned a lot about Guatemala and they learned about Discipling Marketplace Leaders. They will now consider as a church how to begin implementation of this ministry.
We are thankful to God for this opportunity and we covet your prayers for Lluvias de Gracia as they seek to move their people out of poverty to discover the full potential that God has for them!
|Part of the group with whom we spent time. A dynamic bunch of leaders, passionate about Christ, His Church, as well as a strong desire to end poverty.|
|A prayer meeting held in front of the presidential mansion at 6 am on Saturday morning. What a blessing to participate with these Christians praying for their country, their leaders, their economy, and their people!|