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Sharing the Treasure in Guatemala

July 10, 2009

Thursday, July 9th


Jonathan and Christina at Zaragoza, Guatemala

Jonathan and Christina at Zaragoza, Guatemala

We had a great day today.  We went to Zaragoza, Guatemala and performed “Spell Bound” at a school and in their park.  We then traveled back to Antigua and performed it in their park as well.  Our team did some real street evangelism today.  After the drama they went in groups of 3 or 4 and struck up a conversation with the Guatemalan people.  They asked them if they knew who Jesus was and then let God lead the conversation.  Most of the conversations led to the people praying with our kids.  I was so proud of our team.  They were fearless.  Several of them would look at one of the leaders and say, “I’m going over to talk to that man.”  They got so much joy out of the experience.  I saw tears in the eyes of the people they were praying with too.  



Praying in Antigua, Guatemala

Praying in Antigua, Guatemala

One of our girls walked up to four guys who were making salsa. She had several others on our team with her and a translator. She asked them about their relationship with Jesus and they told her they had no need for God.  She then told them they sounded like her brother.  She then proceeded to tell them some personal stories about her brother and when she was through, all four of the young men bowed their heads and prayed with her.  It was simply amazing. 


Pam Stenzel spoke at FUAGNEM again tonight  

Her text for the sermon was James 1:19-25.  Here are some of my notes I took during her sermon. 

 She advised the kids to make a list of 10 things they want in a mate and 10 things they do not want in a mate.  Being a Godly man/woman of God better make the list!  Then she told them that after two dates if the guy/girl doesn’t have the ten things they wanted or has one of the 10 things they don’t want, then stop dating them. Period!  She said, 

Dating evangelism never works!”

 She also told them,

“Opposites attract when it comes to personality but opposites never attract when it comes to character.”

She explained that you will get someone who has a character like yours.  She said we need to ask ourselves, “Why would a guy like that (the Godly guy) want me?” (if we aren’t living the Godly lifestyle). She also said, “You’ll get who you are, not what you were.” (meaning…you will get a guy that is like your character when you meet him, not like you use to be). She said,

If you want a real man of God, then you need to be a real woman of God.”

 She told the students that they need to spend time with their potential mate’s families.  Checkout how they treat their parents and interact with their siblings.  Date them long enough to watch them go through difficult times to see how they handle tough stuff. 

 She quoted an interesting statistic.  She said that 97% of high school students will not marry the person they date in high school. 

 She spent some time developing James 1:23-24.  

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was”

 She said that she originally thought it was a strange concept to look in a mirror and forget what you looked like but then she remembered girls who weigh 95 pounds and when looking in a mirror see a girl who is fat.  We don’t always see what is really reflected back in the mirror. She said that the mirror this scripture is talking about is God’s Word.  It tells you who you are and what you are to wear.  When a woman of God looks in the mirror they should see a Princess of the King.  When a man of God looks in the mirror they should see a Prince of the Son of God.  She gave some scriptures that describe what a Princess and Prince are to put on and take off.

  • Ephesians 1:3-6
  •  Ephesians: 2:4-7
  •  Colossians 2:13-15
  •  1 Peter 2: 9-10
  •  1 John 3:1-3

 She said that the Greek word for “looked” in James 1:24 actually means “gazed” therefore in order for us to be a doer of the word, and not merely a hearer, we must “gaze” at God’s Word.  This isn’t a drive-by reading of His Word, but a deep, daily, study of God’s Word.  She said that we too often “glance” at God’s Word when we should be gazing at His Word. She ended the sermon by stating that “We can’t radically obey God if we don’t know the truth.”

Random Thoughts and Happenings:

One of the things that always strikes me on these trips is the poverty that we encounter.  Our kids all bring things from home to give away to the children and the people they meet.  They usually bring toys, toothbrushes, Bibles, and shampoo, etc.  Today I had a bag of cheap ball-point pens that we use to write the names and addresses down of those who accept Jesus so we can give them to local pastors.  I had many children try to get me to give them a pen. A pen! Can you imagine if we gave our children a pen as a prize?  

IMG_0832Also, in Antigua, our kids went up to two men and a woman and struck up a conversation.  These people knew the Lord and were homeless.  They were visibly moved by the drama and the way our kids were interacting with them.  Our kids prayed with them and then tried to encourage them the best they could. 


Tonight the boys on our team bought roses and bracelets for all the girls on the team and presented them to the girls because they wanted to remind the girls of their value and to never settle for anything but the best!  Remember there are only four boys on our team and there are 30 girls!  The girls were thrilled.  It really touched them, and me!  I’m looking at my roses right now.  They are beautiful.

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