Cochrane Alliance Church - August 2013 | Hungry For Life

August 2013: ,

A team of 13 people from Cochrane Alliance Church in Calgary travelled to San Raymundo, Guatemala alongside HFL Team Leader Harold Hiebert. Cochrane's fifth trip to this area was for the purpose of furthering relationships by continuing construction on the school building and spending time with local families.

Read the trip blog.

Additional items accomplished: 
  • 4 homes visited that had been built on previous teams to give Spanish bibles, gift from church and a family picture taken last year.
  • 6 food/clothing hampers distributed along with Spanish Bibles to families in need
  • Distributed used clothing to church members
  • 239 Children attend a 2 day ministry program
  • 60 women attended 2 ministry programs, making necklaces, bracelets and putting on nail polish
  • 50 people (team and local community) enjoyed a BBQ
  • 4 church services attended – singing, preaching, testimonies and taking up offering
  • 8 homes visited in community in order to invite children and Moms to ministry programs – distributed soccer balls, small toys & snacks and Spanish bibles to each home
  • Worked on prepping ceiling and pillars for 2nd floor of school
  • 3 team members and field partner visited “Food Machine” in Zapote

Team Testimonials:

“I’m seeing the fruit of a longer-term relationship with a church. (It was) cool to see where our financial investment is going and to see the development of inter-personal relationships over many years.”
“It has opened my eyes more to the complexity of the problems in Guatemala and how the answers will take much thought, prayer and change by God.”
“I see God – I see He loves me and He has a plan for me and I’m supposed to love and care for people. My relationship with my husband, after this trip, will grow and we, as parents, will be able to show our kids to love and help the ones that need us most.”
The trip impacted me in “understanding that in such an impoverished country, we have brothers and sisters in Christ who are just as passionate about the Gospel as we are.”
“I think after this trip I will play a lot less electronics, be a lot more obedient with my parents and try to follow God much closer than before.”
One highlight was “…the laying of hands and praying for the people of the church that wanted extra prayer for difficulty, sickness and pain. And the majority of the people came forward! The pain felt during the praying was moving and heartbreaking.”