North Point Community Church
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz
July 10, 2012 - July 22, 2012
A team of 8 people traveled from North Point Community Church alongside Pastor Dave Yang and HFL Staff Rianne Hoedeman to the communities surrounding Alta Verapez, Guatemala. The church partnered alongside Shawn and Natalie Sagert as they engage in community development activities such as health, sanitation, education and evangelism. The objectives of the trip were to begin construction of a school/community center in the community of Pantup, learn about the history of the Maya people, as well as lead VBS sessions for the children and build relationships with the community members in several villages.
- Trench was dug for the foundation and re-bar was cut and tied for the supports over 6 days spent on the project site
- 1 morning spent learning about Mayan daily life – learned to plant and grind corn, make tortillas, carry wood and water
- 180 children attended VBS sessions in 4 communities - Pantup, Pamuc, Chicalte, and Chiyuc.
- 22 community members attended a community health teaching in Pamuc – we shared testimonies and talked about preventing the spread of germs.
- Travelled to Rio Negro for an overnight cultural learning experience – the team hiked the trail to a massacre site, stopping along the way to hear first-hand accounts of the atrocities committed during the country’s unrest.
"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] hearing the personal testimonies on how God has been working."
"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] I really enjoyed meeting Pastor Remaldo and hearing his life story and seeing what he and Shawn Sagert and the health group are doing."
"[The experiences of this trip] have let me see and understand the standards of living that the indigenous people live with, how they are treated and the difficulties they endure. I am excited to continue helping them."
"[The experiences of this trip] have shown me that just being a follower of Christ isn't following Christ. We need to do more and be more. We need to be His voice, hands and feet."
"[The event that deeply affected me was] hearing about the massacre of the Rio Negro region. God opened my heart to feel the pain of these people and showed me that I need to see and hear the pain of others and love them as Christ would love them."
"[The event that deeply affected me was] watching Shawn Sagert translate for a local pastor and be moved to tears by it. It is inspiring to see the Sagerts dedication to Guatemala and to Christ."
"[One thing I am going to change in the next six months is] to spend more time with God and learn to be a stronger disciple."
"[One thing I am going to change in the next six months is] to be more grateful for all that God has blessed me with and to try to use those blessings to serve others."