Weaver's Wanderings - An update from Guatemala
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We are currently in Guatemala helping to host American teams with Impact Ministries.  Read on for the latest updates from the field.
The Long Island Abundant Life Church team

Are you all in?

Our first week in Guatemala has challenged us with the question, "Are you all in?" In every way I am challenged by this question. First, watching the children at the school, then by the sermon at the Rio de Vida Church and finally with the difficult and distressing news of my mother's stroke. These are all reminders that God is in control and has a specific plan for each of us, but it requires that we are all in.

We are always reminded of being "all in" by the children at the schools. Each morning they begin with worship, prayer, and a chapter from Proverbs. Their time of worship is like none we've ever seen anywhere. We witnessed a few boys and girls who earnestly fell to their faces in a small puddle of tears worshiping God and asking for His grace and mercy. I continue to be humbled by the example of "all in" that the children show us during their time of worship.
The service at Rio de Vida church added to our understanding of "all in". The message spoke of how we need to renounce or put aside something before receiving Jesus.  We can't just add him on top of everything else.  Here in Guatemala there is a lot of syncretism (mixing) of religion where Mayan ceremonies are mixed into the Catholic church.  People need to realize that Jesus is The Way, The Truth, and The Life, not just a way.  The team was challenged that they too need to make sure that we aren't mixing in our culture with our faith in Jesus. 
(Tim for Candy) We arrived in Antigua Sunday evening to an email asking Candy to call her brother ASAP.  It was apparent as soon as she spoke to her brother that things weren't fine at home.  We learned that Candy's mom had a stroke on Saturday late afternoon or evening and was in the hospital.  At that point in time it was unclear what the prognosis was.

Please pray for my mom! She is coherent, but can't make full sentences. Also her right side is not functioning properly. She has made progress since Saturday, but has a long road ahead of her. Pray for her continued recovery. 
* We successfully hosted the first team and got them safely back to the airport this morning!
* The team from Long Island had a great experience and were challenged to name their next step for when they got home.
* We remain healthy.
* My mom can talk in simple sentences and is eating "normal food"!

Prayer Requests:
* Pray for my mom's recovery and peace for friends and family.
* Pray that we would find the balance between working with the teams and other responsibilities.
* Pray that as we move towards full-time ministry next spring that our time here this summer will help lay the ground work for that transition.

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