Sunday, July 19, 2009

What God Did in Guatemala....



It's Sunday afternoon, and I can't believe that just a week ago I was still in Guatemala, walking through the beautiful city of Antigua. The adventure I never expected has become such a huge part of me. I miss it--and my team and co-leaders--a lot!

One of my tasks for this particular trip was to write about it. The Ambassador directors dreamed of being able to document it from training camp to debrief, using both photography and the written word. It took a few days for me to get my swirly thoughts straight enough to put them down on paper; after all, fevers often take a mind of their own. But my wonderful friends took what I wrote and put pictures to them. For that reason, I'm not going to re-post them on this blog. But please, go check them out. The link is http://09gu0630yi.myadventures.org/.

What I will write here is how much I loved Guatemala, how beautiful it was. Lake Atitlan (pictured below) literally sits in the heart of a volcano and it has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. The people who live nearby are so kind. But they carry great pain deep in their hearts. Many turn to drugs, while others turn to religion, the kind with ritual and statues, a lot of death and almost no life. It's a beautiful, colorful world, a place that shouts with the truth about God--but still, He is missed.

My team of 16 (that's us up above!) lived in a pueblo called San Pedro, but we visited several other villages while we were there. We were able to do children's ministry and also attend several local churches. We prayer walked and sang just about everywhere we went. We walked through the village and talked with people. We sat with vendors at their stands and played with their children. We spoke of Christ--and loved on those we met--with everything we did. Though it was difficult to leave, we know without a doubt that every person we met was able to hear the gospel. And that's a great thing!

So, what's happening now?

I came back from Guatemala sick, so I am resting and trying to get better. Though the trip was only two weeks, I'd been away for more than a month because I spent most of June working the training camps at AIM. So there's a lot of stuff that I need to do here in the States. And I need to get ready, because on August 10, I'm headed to Cambodia.

I'll post more about that in a couple of days, when I know more. But right now I just wanted to mention it and also a big praise. I got a phone call a few days ago with the news that I've raised $1000! Praise God! But I still need $2000 to go, so that's also a big prayer request. If you're interested in supporting me financially, you can send any contribution to Sixty1 at:
Sixty1
PO Box 2046
Boone, NC 28607

Please put "Kristen Torres-Toro" in the memo line.

Thank y'all for everything. Thank you for believing in this calling God has placed on my life, and for sending me out. Thank you for your trust, your prayers, your encouragement, and your friendship. I am so thankful for you!!!

Have a great day! Love ya!

-K






Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Adios, Guatemala!!!

Hi, Friends!!!

Just wanted to check in and say that I'm back from Guatemala. It was incredible and I cannot wait to share with you all that happened! Unfortunately, I woke up this morning sick and my fever is still rising. So it might be a few days before I can post anything. Thanks so much for praying! I love y'all!

-Kristen

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Guatemala!!!!

Hey, Friends!!!

This is going to be short because I don't have much time, but I wanted to post really quickly. I can't believe I'm going to Guatemala on Friday! I can't believe that I'm leading again!!!!

This has been a really short training camp due to many reasons, so it really has been a whirlwind. The teams arrived yesterday--and we leave tomorrow! Yebo! But I am getting really excited. I really enjoy my team! We are 13 girls and 3 leaders= 16 total. And we are so excited about taking the gospel to the nations!

Please pray for us as we go! This trip will fly by so fast. Please pray for safety in traveling and for good health, for solid ministry, and that the Lord will lead us where He wants us to go. Please pray for unity amongst this group--and that God will bring Spanish back to those of us who have studied it in the past!!!

I don't know if I'll be able to post from Guatemala, but I probably doubt it. Either way, I'll definitely come back afterwards with pictures and stories. Until then, adios! Vaya con Dios! And as they say in the jungle-- a su nombre, gloria a Dios!!!