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A great last day in Guatemala

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

This post by Kelvin

Our morning started as always with breakfast and devotions.  We walked through parts of the book of Joshua this trip and this morning we finished it off with Joshua 24.   Below are the first 21 verses of Joshua 24:

Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God.

2 Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods. 3 But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants. I gave him Isaac, 4 and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I assigned the hill country of Seir to Esau, but Jacob and his family went down to Egypt.

5 “‘Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I afflicted the Egyptians by what I did there, and I brought you out. 6 When I brought your people out of Egypt, you came to the sea, and the Egyptians pursued them with chariots and horsemen[a] as far as the Red Sea.[b] 7 But they cried to the Lord for help, and he put darkness between you and the Egyptians; he brought the sea over them and covered them. You saw with your own eyes what I did to the Egyptians. Then you lived in the wilderness for a long time.

8 “‘I brought you to the land of the Amorites who lived east of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I gave them into your hands. I destroyed them from before you, and you took possession of their land.9 When Balak son of Zippor, the king of Moab, prepared to fight against Israel, he sent for Balaam son of Beor to put a curse on you. 10 But I would not listen to Balaam, so he blessed you again and again, and I delivered you out of his hand.

11 “‘Then you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. The citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did also the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites, but I gave them into your hands. 12 I sent the hornet ahead of you, which drove them out before you—also the two Amorite kings. You did not do it with your own sword and bow. 13 So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.’

14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lordseems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods! 17 It was theLord our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled. 18 And the Lord drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God.”

19 Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God.He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. 20 If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you.”

21 But the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the Lord.”

Three things stood out for me: 1) God is good, 2) the Israelites did nothing to inherit the land, God did it all, and 3) if we forsake God then his favor will no longer be upon us. May we all be like Joshua in verse 15 and declare 'but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord'.

Today we put an exclamation mark on our trip.  We managed to finish all the woodwork on the 

playground at the church.  It was not without its challenges though in terms of materials and 

weather. It rarely rains in San Lucas in February but it did today so we had to take a break 

during the worst of it. And we ran a bit short of 2x4's but 'el architecto Lester' came up 

with a backup plan so we were able to finish off. I am so impressed with everbody on the 

team. What a great bunch of workers. We were firing on all cylinders today and got a lot done 

thanks to great teamwork by all.  However, we couldn't have attempted this without Doug's 

expertise. Doug was the master builder and the leader and did a geat job of explaining what 

needed done and then letting us go. And anytime we had a question he always had the answer. 

It was a really fun day. Finished off around 5:30 and then had to shower up and start 

packing.

We went over to Pastor Tono's tonight for pizza and had a great time visiting with him and 

his family, as well as George. Patricia, Rudy & Libna, and Lester.

It was a bittersweet night as it was great spending time with them but at the end of the 

night we had to say our goodbyes.  They are like family to us so it is really saying goodbye 

to family.

The sweet part is our bags are packed and we will be up at 3am heading to the airport before 

4 so we can return to our families back home.

Sorry no  pictures tonight. We will try and load some during opur 4+ hour layover in Houston.

Adios. Hasta manana.

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