Northwest Teens Answer Prayer With Concrete and Iron

The members of a small Adventist church in San Luis, Guatemala, recieved an answer to two years of prayer when a group of Northwest teens and adults came to help build a new church in March 2019.

Members from the small group of believers joined forces with a 37-member mission team, sponsored by Upper Columbia Conference youth department, to build a new church at the base of a hill near the edge of San Luis.

Each day community members stopped by to watch as the walls grew higher and the rafters were hoisted into place. Missionary bands of teens visited the surrounding homes in the community to help where possible, pray with people and invite them to visit the new church.

Each weekday afternoon the teens took turns putting on a Vacation Bible School program for area school children with a Bible story about Noah and fun crafts to take home. 

In addition to building the church, the mission team was able to provide a dental and vision clinic as well. Scott Johnson and Jeremy Beam were able to provide dental and vision health care to many people from the local community. Some days people showed up for care as early as 6 a.m.

The final Sabbath was a high day for the mission team as members told the story of how they had been praying for two years for a church of their own. Emotions overflowed as they talked and expressed their deep gratitude for helping make the new church a reality.

"It was exciting to be able to go on the trip and help out. This trip has changed me," said one student. "We left knowing we made a difference."