Saturday, November 12, 2016

Central America Consult Visit- Part I

In October, Alace and I traveled, along with Missionary Air Group President and CEO, Sean Donnelly, to visit and consult our MAG colleagues in Guatemala and Honduras.  We started in the North of Guatemala (this blog- Part I), then to the remote East of Honduras (Part II), then back to Guatemala for meetings in the capital city (Part III).

Paul, left, is MAG's only staff in Guatemala. MAG's aircraft supports medical work and
pastoral training in the remote North of the country.  Paul met us at the international
airport in the capital city and quickly loaded us in his aircraft.

Alace and Sean in the back seat on the flight from Guatemala City to the
remote North airport- Maya Mundo Int'l airport, in the Cessna 206.

Typical house construction of the Kekchi people of Northern Guatemala.

The Kekchi Bible Institute is partnering with MAG to create a runway and
aviation base on their campus!

The Dinsmore family had a vision for KBI and have lived
nearby ever since they graduated college!

KBI graduates return to their village ready to be spiritual leaders.  In addition,
students have training in a wide variety of skills, like raising animals, small engine
repair, and first responder medical care.

Paul has been doing SO much work coordinating this effort.
MAG envisions a robust base here, with KBI students trained
as our flight nurses as well as learning management skills to
staff the needs of this airport.

Sunday worship service at the KBI chapel.  Preaching was in Spanish
with Kekchi translation from a student pastor.

We visited Evideo (brown shirt) who is the director of the "Paths of Hope"
Vo-Tech school in San Bonita as well as a board member of MAG-Guatemala.
His heart to reach the young men of his community for Jesus is so evident.

Wasting no time, it was on to the next meeting...
On the left is doctor Ricardo, who practices locally and joins Paul as his
medical flight crew on some evacuation flights. Ricardo is consulting MAG
on the next phase of equipping their aircraft to enhance patient care.
Stephen, next to Ricardo, is another MAG-Guatemala board member as
well as director of the Jungle Breezes Youth Ministry.  They are a
valuable partner in the region and are featured in this video:  CLICK HERE

(panoramic photo of Lake Petén Itzá from the balcony of our restaurant)
We concluded our meetings and got ready for the flight to Honduras for phase II of our Central
America consultation trip!  That will be the next blog...  stay tuned!

CLICK HERE for PART II of our trip.

1 comment:

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