Monday, September 28, 2009

Kicked Out Again

I have been having Mac issues so I haven't been able to upload any new blogs. This week has had a lot in it. Jimmy has been in Guatemala since last Thursday. He returns tomorrow.

God's timing is perfect to have Jimmy there this week. Some lies were started about Quincho in New Horizon. Part of the lies were that he had stolen something. He is treated like us now since he has decided to follow Christ. The lies were so serious that 3 men said that they were going to have him killed. Jimmy found some of the people involved and realized that the lies were started by the real thief. The town of New Horizon wanted to kick Quincho out so that no one would be hurt when they came to kill Quincho... or at least that was their story. Well Jimmy fixed the confusion with the 3 men so there should no longer be a hit on Quincho's head. He went to the mayor of New Horizon and the town council to update them on the news. Well since Quincho has been living at our house for that last month and will continue to do so until we return the mayor claimed that we were "harboring" him. The town council got the story right, but when the mayor, who we had believed to be our friend for the last 2 years, went before the town, the council kept their mouths closed. Beatriz, the mayor, rallied the community to have us voted out along with Quincho. We have spent hours talking with this woman. We have been invited in her house several times and spent a lot of time with her children (teens and adults). We have never had a problem with any of them. Jimmy was given the official letter yesterday that said we could no longer hold our Bible studies... and the best part, it is "due to the town's high moral standards". There are known child molesters in the community who aren't asked to leave. The president of the town council told Jimmy that he knew it was all based on a lie, but that basically it is a mob rule and there was nothing he could do. He said, "That's a true democracy." The place is so twisted. He said that when we return we can ask permission to speak to the town and tell the whole story and see if they want to let us back in. Jimmy and I are allowed to be in New Horizon, we just can't hold Bible studies there. We knew that was the issue the entire time. Most of our friends don't even know yet. That is how they do it. They hold secret meetings and don't invite our supporters. It's funny how these meetings are always scheduled during when our Bible studies are held.

We will pray for wisdom. There are so many villages and communities with no Gospel in our area, maybe God wants us to move on. Matthew 10:23 "But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come." We are not tired or desire to give up, we just want to use our time here wisely. Do we stay and keep fighting? This is the second time this has happened and it will happen again.

We invested our heart and soul into these people; we want to see more come to Him. Please pray that God gives us clear direction over the next couple of months. No matter what we will stay in contact with many people from there. Also, please pray for Quincho as he has lost his home. We think this is the best thing for him, to be out of that evil place.


  1. Praying for Quincho and all the seeds that were planted in the hearts of the ones attending your Bible Studies. God is in control and when you give your best as ya'll have done and with all the prayers for you, you are on the winning team. Things may be entirely different when ya'll go back in January.

  2. Jim and Shelley,
    I learned about your blog through facebook and am glad that I can follow what is going on with you more closely. We are neighbors, after all! I know that this all must be very upsetting, and I was trying to put myself in your shoes. We will be praying for you.

  3. Thanks! We have had one since 2006, all the entries are just not in the same place yet. It is my little scrapbook of our life. You should start one... with all your free time, hehe! I would read it. It is nice to have someone to relate to with similar situations.

  4. Thank God that He had Jimmy there at such a time that Quincho needed him. It is a cold, hard area and I'm thankful for your witness and truth to the village. As long as there are children who will listen to God's word, there is hope. I'm thankful that God has you in Santa Rita too!


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