The following is the email sent by Kathy Harrelson to update parents and others about what is going on with the CCSM mission trip. I will be posting these as I receive them.
Hello from Antigua, Guatemala!
In case you did not receive the test email we sent earlier this week, let me introduce myself. I am Kathy Harrelson, the High School Director at Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Our high school ministry is on a mission trip to Guatemala and one of our students has added your name to this email list. You will receive updates throughout our trip.
We have all (90 of us!!) arrived safely, though we had a number of logistical challenges with flights, passports, etc. Two persons (Sam Watson and Colin Hart) are still waiting on their luggage so please pray their bags arrive quickly. They have borrowed clothes and have a great attitude.
As I type, all the student are spread across the city of Antigua…one large group at the Plaza and one at the Market. They are all out sharing the Gospel. As Jon reminded us this morning before we went out, it is God that opens hearts to hear and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Speaking about Lydia in Acts 16, verse 14 tells us “The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.” Please pray that the Lord is doing that right now for the persons hearing what our students are sharing.
About noon (we are an hour behind Texas time so it is 10:20am here) we will gather for lunch, grilled cheese and fries I think, and travel by bus to Panajachel and then by boat to Santiago. Pray for safe travels we we reach our final destination at the Posada de Santiago.
This year we are excited that 5 folks from CrossPoint Community Church in Tomball, Texas, are a partnering with us. They flew down separately from Houston and met us here in Antigua last night; we had already gotten every flight out of DFW they would sell us. The youth minister at CrossPoint is Dixon Jowers, who was a part of Christ Chapel’s high school staff for years. We are really glad that he along with 4 of his youth: Scotty, Hanna, Bethany, & Jessica, are joining us.
Finally, I want to introduce you to Wayne Huff. He is a Wycliffe missionary who is helping lead our trip. If you’d like to know more about Wayne and see a picture of him, go to www.wycliffe.org. In the bottom left corner of the site there are 6 pictures. The bottom picture on the right is of Wayne. Click and read a little about Wayne. He is one of the most godly, faithful men I know. We are incredibly fortunate to have him here with us. Pray for Wayne this week and his wife Alice who is at home in Dallas.
Thanks for your prayers. I will continue to send updates and reports as I have time and internet access. We are grateful that you are partnering with us in prayer.
High School Director at Christ Chapel Bible Church