Highlights of the 2016 Guatemala Mission Trip
The 2016 mission team, composed of 8 members from 5 churches of PMT, returned to Nashville on March 13, tired but content with all that had been experienced. The purpose of the week long trip was to support the 14 year partnership between the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee and the Presbytery of the Q’eqchi’ Peten.
Some highlights of the trip included:
- Initiating the process of renewing the 3 year covenant between the two Presbyteries. Both the executive committee of the PQP and the mission members representing PMT expressed heartfelt statements that this is a mutually supportive relationship.
- The executive committee of the PQP expressed that the theological training that they have received has revitalized their ministries and energized their congregations. The theological training is supported by Walton Funds, administered by the PC(USA), and by funds from PMT, which cover travel expenses.
- The team heard reports that the Pig Projects currently functioning are progressing well. Money has been earned to begin a Women’s Presbiterial (the equivalent of our Presbyterian Women).
- The team deepened personal relationships by visiting one congregation for lunch, and then visiting another for dinner and to stay the night in the village of Tamariz. The women of the team were deeply touched to realize that the church members had built us a brand-new latrine!
- The team helped to paint the new manse at the Sayaxche temple.
- Our team was assisted by Philip Beisswenger, Guatemalan Mission Worker, and Richard and Debbie Welch, PC(USA) Mission Co-Workers.
Now that we have returned home, the work of our committee resumes. The GPCC (Guatemala Peten Covenant Committee) meets monthly on 4th Mondays at 6:30 PM at the Presbytery office. We are currently in need of volunteers to assist with secretarial and financial matters. If interested, please contact the Presbytery office. Members of the GPCC are willing to come to your church to give a Minute for Mission or meet with a Mission committee to help your church discover how you can be involved in this important Presbytery project.