Tuesday, June 22 @ 5:15 AM
All week we have been blessed with an absolutely perfect week. Even the weather was perfect. Even though on our first building day it rained a good deal, that day it only effected the building of a house and we still got everyhting accomplished. But because it rained on our first day – we became dependant on God for even the weather and saw that God carried even that for us as he has so many times before here in Guatemala. The rest of the week, the beutiful days and nights alowed for us to accomplish great things for the kingdom. Yesterday was again one of those days.
When it rains here, the people retreat to there homes and it is nearly impossible to gather with with people. Yesterday, after going to the market we returned to the village that we built the homes for. As the team began to walk the short road back to the homes, they were met with hugs, smiles and faces full of love and gratitude.
The time was spent loving on the people that we had three days before that shared the good news of Christ and witnessed God claiming each and every heart in the families that received the homes.
This team is an amazing team. The gifted people that God has put together here is one of the greatest God sightings of all this week. After a short while the team said many tearful good byes and loaded up for one more village that team Ivanrest built for 8 years ago and one that I some how have been able to visit each time I have been here since. My heart was touched as the family I built a home for shared with a few moment of their gratitude and love and let me know that they have been and will continue to pray for me. I have never though about the fact that we not only have prayer warrious back home in the US. But many of us who have been here have prayer warriours here in Guatemala. What an incredible thing to realize the power that God has given us through talking with Him.
Last night I asked for your prayer once again as God was not finishied with this team yet. As we came to God in singing and sharing of the amazing things that God has done in our lives this week, God was once again preparing to answer your prayers once again for the people you love and care for so much. The verses that had been planned to be used last night were set aside as God put on my hear and opened his word to us with words from John 12:12.
“The hours has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth. Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; where I am, my servant must also be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”
Last night we were called to a cross that many of you reading this have been called to. We were called not to just a cross because we needed help last night. We were called to the cross because we needed to surrender and die to the things of this world. As the nails were pounded in the cross with names of our team atatched, the sounds of the the nails being pounded brought back images from the film that we had shown in the villages of Christ being put on the cross and having nails pounded into his hands and feet. Jesus was not forced to be nailed to this cross. He had the power of God at his fingertips and could have stopped it at any moment. But he chose to stay, because of His love for us.
God does not force us to come to the cross either. he allows us to choose to come and be set free from the wind and the waves that are constantly beating against our lives. He wants us to take his yoke and let him carry our load.
Many on this team were broken last night and will be forever changed because of their willingness to follow God’s call in their heart to come and serve and offer their bodies as living sacrifices here in guatemala. Through your prayers again, souls were made complete and lives made whole.
The journey has ended here in Guatemala but it has just began for our lives back home. As we step off the plan and enter back into the norm of life, Satan will be waiting to take our passion for God and love for others and turn them towards ourselves. Pray for us as together with you we must resit this constant pull from the world.
It has been a priveledge and an honor to serve with this team here and with you our great support team back home. I hope and pray that as you have joined this journey with us that you have aslo been touched, challenged and changed. I pray as you son, daughter, grandchild, mom, dad or friend returns that you will again be able to share in greater detail of the amazing things that happend here in the mountains of Guatemala.
Today we travel home. Since I received the flight schedule I have known that I would need to ask for your prayers one more time for this team. We arrive into Detroit at midnight tonight. We will have to get the bus, van and trailer and then head out for one more challenge. Please keep Al Jurgens and I in your prayers as we one more time need to be lifted up after an exhausting week as we drive the three hours back to Ivanrest church and to you.
I can’t thank you enough. May God bring you to a mountain in your life and restore, refresh and renew your passion for Him.
This is a beautiful end to an amazing journey. Vamos con amor de Dios. We go with God’s Love.
In His grip,
kevin van wyhe