Three days from now, 25 people–14 students and 11 others–from our church will arrive in Guatemala.
Some of the people going have never flown on an airplane. Some of the people going have been to Guatemala 3+ times.
All of us will be changed as we serve.
This is the first international mission trip that the Student Ministry has taken in recent history and it is going to be an unforgettable one. We’re going to be partnering with Impacto Ministry. We’ll be doing some construction, Vacation Bible School, helping fit people for new pairs of shoes, and whatever else God sees fit!
We’re going to update the student blog daily with pictures, videos, and stories so that you can follow our journey.
You can follow along by signing up on the right sidebar to receive the student newsletter blog email updates every time we make a new entry or by visiting www.hmumc.org and clicking on happenings – newsletter blogs.
In the meantime, would you begin praying for us and the people we’re going to encounter? Below is a great prayer written by Karen Barber:
We pray your help and blessings on the members of the mission trip. Thank you that each person is taking time out of their busy lives to serve you by serving others. Thank you that you have spoken to their hearts and that they are willing to venture outside of their homes, neighborhoods and comfort zones. Keep them strong mentally, physically and spiritually. Give them safe travels, energy and enthusiasm and an ability to be flexible when plans change.
May their arrival at their destination be a sign of your love to those they serve. Help the smiles and hugs and acts of friendship of the mission team members clearly communicate acceptance and comfort to those hungry for you. May they be true ambassadors for Christ through their actions both on and off the job, both with those they serve and with their fellow team members.
We pray that this trip will be extremely successful in strengthening the faith of every team member. Increase their trust in you as they leave their responsibilities and worries about their families and lives back home in your watchful care. As they see and experience different ways of life, give them new perspective on their lives and about the things that really matter most. Give them the joy of service. Strengthen their faith and reliance on you. Enable them to graciously and humbly receive small gifts of great magnitude given to them by those
who have little yet who are moved to give sacrificially. May each team member strongly feel your Holy Spirit at work in them and through them.
And so Father, we ask that you bless the mission project, the team members and leaders, those they serve and the team member’s families back home. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to actively work in a meaningful way in your wonderful Kingdom.
Here are the names of team members so that you can pray specifically for each person: