They were about to quit…

The church in Livingston, Guatemala

The church in Livingston, Guatemala

Phil Long recently travelled to several of our ministry centres where he was training and encouraging church leaders as part of GLOMOS – our leadership training programme.  He shares below about one part of his trip.

The second half of my trip took me to Honduras and Guatemala, in Central America.  This year, we have 212 students in those two nations.  This is truly a miracle considering the obstacles that we have faced there, especially over the last several years.  At one point, we contemplated temporarily closing down all operations in Central America; however, God brought some new supporters to us who have allowed us enough margin to operate in both countries through one central office.  God has used the challenges we’ve faced to guide us where we should be and show us what we should be doing.

Laura and Miguel

Laura and Miguel

One such place is Livingston, which is located in Guatemala, on the Gulf of Mexico, at the mouth of Rio Dulce.  I was able to visit pastor Miguel and his wife, Laura, who moved to this town in the remote jungle several years ago from another large city in Guatemala.  They serve as missionaries to the Garifuna, a people group living along the Central American coast that are former African slaves.  When I first met Miguel and Laura in 2013, they were discouraged almost to the point of quitting because ministry to this unreached people group is very difficult – in fact, this area is known as the voodoo and witchcraft centre for Central America.  We challenged them to go through our 2014 GLOMOS programme with several leaders in their church.  In October 2014 they had a breakthrough and their small church has exploded.  In this town of 15,000 there are only a handful of churches and a small Christian population.  However, the four major churches have joined together to form a unified GLOMOS class of 19 students.

Laura and Miguel during a training session

Laura and Miguel during a training session

These sessions are taught in Livingston because the students cannot travel to our main teaching location in San Pedro Sula, down the coast.  You can see a series of short interviews with both Miguel and Laura and two of their leaders by clicking here.