Posts in Guatemala 2016
Joining in the Harvest

by Juan Sarmiento

Guatemala
Fourth and Final Reflection

The youthful congregation of Antioch Presbyterian Church in Coban sang with great gusto a popular praise song as the praise band, with Hector at the keyboards:

Lift up your eyes and look, the harvest is ready
The time has arrived, the fields are ripe
Arise and shine, get up and preach to all the nations that Jesus is the life.

Hector arrived at this new congregation only four months ago. He confesses for almost 30 years he played the keyboard in parties. 

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Multiplying Seed, Abundant Fruit

by Juan Sarmiento

Guatemala
Day Three

A significant focus of The Outreach Foundation is to contribute towards the increased capacity of the global church for outreach through the development of servant leaders. In keeping with good Presbyterian tradition, since its early years the Evangelical National Presbyterian Church of Guatemala (known in the country as the IENPG) has emphasized the formation of God’s people for preaching and teaching in order for Christ’s message to be passed on across generations and places.

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Land of Many Trees and Many Cultures

by Juan Sarmiento

Guatemala
Day Two

The variety of ethnic, cultural, racial, and linguistic groups in Guatemalan cultures is apparent even to someone that, like me, is visiting for the first time. More than 40 % of the total population is made up of indigenous people, and there are at least 23 recognized languages that preceded the arrival of Spanish. The current territory of Guatemala is one of the main places where the Mayan civilization flourished as far back as the year 1,000 BC and where advances such as writing and the calendar were in use well before European colonization. 

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Strong Roots in the Land of Many Trees

by Juan Sarmiento

Guatemala
Day One

You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, never dropping a leaf, always in blossom (From Psalm 1, The Message)

Commonly known as the “country of the eternal spring” Guatemala received her name from the expression “land of many trees” in Mayan languages that are so much part of the rich heritage of what is now known Central America.

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