Lives are Changed in Xela!

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On Friday, the US Serve Teams traveled all over Xela and in the outlying areas sharing the Gospel in villages and with large groups of children.  One team traveled deep into the mountainous region outside of Xela to a village of about 300 people.  The winding, unimproved dirt roads were so steep and treacherous that the bus could not safely drive with the passengers in it.  Consequently, the team had to walk more than a mile to reach their destination.

One member reported that few mission teams would venture to Xela (because it is a four hour drive through the mountains from the airport in Guatemala City), let alone this remote village off the beaten path, a long journey from Xela.  “But,” the team member reflected, “these people need to hear the Good News about Jesus too!”

In addition to sharing the Gospel, teams are giving away gifts and supplies of all sorts to the people of Guatemala.  Communities are receiving soccer balls.  Kids are receiving stuff animals and candy.  Adults are receiving clothing and other important goods.  This afternoon, the team is dedicating the well restoration project that will service 11,000 people with clean drinking water. 

So far, the number of lives impacted by the Compassion Aid projects and US Serve Teams is astounding!  And we know that God has so much more in store for tonight at the Festival. 

Thank you for praying!

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Pray for the Festival Tonight!

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Right now in Xela, teams are working tirelessly to prepare the venue for the festival.  Bands are arriving for sound check, and the entire team is getting ready for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to go forth in Xela!

Right now, more than anything, we need your prayers. 

  • Please pray for the dozens of performers, some of whom are still in route to Xela from Guatemala City (which is a four hour drive without traffic, but it can be much longer).
  • Please pray for the production team, all of the sound equipment, lighting and generators that they would function properly and without glitches.
  • Please pray for the spiritual opposition in the city, which has been present. Specifically, please pray that God would overwhelmingly conquer the spiritual forces of darkness tonight at the festival!
  • And finally, please pray that God would anoint Mike to preach the Gospel once again and that the hearts of the Guatemalan people would be receptive to the message of salvation.
The Festival grounds in Xela, Guatemala

The Festival grounds in Xela, Guatemala

The stage being set up on Friday at the festival grounds.

The stage being set up on Friday at the festival grounds.

"Festival por la Vida" logo being attached to the platform.

“Festival por la Vida” logo being attached to the platform.



Mike Silva Featured on National Radio Broadcasts

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Mike Silva was a guest on nation-wide Christian radio stations, Genesis Radio 99.5 and Sterio Vision 106.3, on Thursday.  Airwaves that reach all of Guatemala’s 15.4 million residents were resounding with the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

Mike encouraged non-believing listeners, “God is more concerned with where you are going, than where you have been.”  He also challenged Christian listeners, to “wake up” and to be ready for what God has in store for their lives.  The producers and DJ’s at both Genesis Radio and Sterio Vision made one thing clear: the people of Xela are excited for the Festival por la Vida coming this Saturday!
 

To listen to today’s broadcast featuring Mike, visit: www.genesis995.com or www.lavisionxela.com (note: this audio content is in Spanish).

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The team was also recognized by the city today at an event at city hall, which included the vice-mayor and other government officials.  City leaders expressed appreciation to the ministry for providing funds to repair a fresh-water well that services over 11,000 people, and expressed excitement and support for the festival. 

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Serve Teams Converge on Xela, Guatemala

City street in Xela

City street in Xela

Some traveled nearly 30 hours from their homes in the United States to the mountainous region in Guatemala known as Xela, over 7,000 feet above sea level.  The purpose: to share the love of Jesus in word and deed. 

Serve team members sprang into action today by visiting villages and a church with a community center for underprivileged kids.   Team members shared the Gospel by performing a drama, which powerfully highlights the barriers that exist between people and God, and most importantly, how Jesus overcomes those barriers. 

Also, in addition to giving gifts – like clothing to adults, toys and candy to kids – teams also gave wordless bracelets to hundreds of children.  The wordless bracelet illustrates salvation through Jesus Christ by using five different colored beads, each of which signify an element to God’s plan of salvation.

One serve team member remarked, “I couldn’t believe their [the children’s] response to the Gospel!  But, when I saw dozens of them voluntarily get in line to receive a Bible – I knew it was genuine.  We ran out of Bibles!”

The Serve Team will spend all day Friday ministering across the city.  Please stay tuned to the blog and keep praying for the Festival on Saturday.

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Guatemala Promo Video

 


San Pedro de Macorís Report Video

 

It’s hard to put into words all that the Lord accomplished in the Dominican Republic! We are rejoicing because the ministry of the Gospel touched thousands of lives.

  • Partnering Churches: 258
  • Friends of the festival: 1670
  • Attended the Pastor’s Conference: 2,350
  • Attended the Festival Friday (est): 70,000
  • Attended the Festival Saturday (est): 100,000
  • New Believers Friday: 10,527
  • New Believers Saturday: 13,138
  • Attended the “Festikids” Children’s Festival (est): 35,000
  • International TV Audience (est): +600,000,000
  • National Radio Audience (est): +30,000


Final Results from Dominican Republic

It’s hard to put into words all that the Lord accomplished in the Dominican Republic!  We are rejoicing because the ministry of the Gospel touched thousands of lives.

Partnering Churches: 258

Friends of the festival: 1670

Attended the Pastor’s Conference: 2,350

Attended the Festival Friday (est): 70,000

Attended the Festival Saturday (est): 100,000

New Believers Friday: 10,527

New Believers Saturday: 13,138

Attended the “Festikids” Children’s Festival (est): 35,000

International TV Audience (est): +600,000,000

National Radio Audience (est): +30,000



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