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I thought you guys might be interested in reading this article about the church in Guatemala. Two of the churches that have supported Jose’s ministry are mentioned. One of the main pastors of Casa de Dios met with Pastor Troy and Jose while we were in town after he saw Pastor Troy and I on TV. He wants to help Jose’s work and his daughter wants to visit Jose’s ministry (Hope For Guatemala) and begin to help out.

This article made me think about correcting extremes in ministry. We may tend to swing from one extreme to the other when we are trying to correct what we perceive as an excessive emphasis on one group of people. May we as the church minister to all socioeconomic levels, including the rich and middle class, and at the same time never forget the poor among us.

God has blessed us to be a blessing, both the Guatemalan and American churches. As the Church, we should help people understand and correct the root causes of poverty through the wisdom of God’s Word as well as show mercy and compassion by meeting the needs of these same people in our own communities. My hope is that the Guatemalan church will take their new found (relative to the last few decades) strength, and pour back into struggling communities like Zone 18 rather than ignoring them.

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All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.” (see Galatians 2:9-10)

2 Cor. 8:9. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:17-18) (Mercy)


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