Impacting Guatemala

A young adult from Guatemala, IGNITE Class 12 intern, Izabella, shares how being in the program has brought her out of her comfort zone and widened her worldview. She has a word of thanks for those who faithfully pray for and support Potter’s Field Ministries.

Dear sponsors,

Hi, my name is Izabella, and I’m from Guatemala City. A lot of interns came here very excited because they knew the necessity the country has and they wanted to help. I am embarrassed to say that even though I knew it too, I ignored it. It wasn’t until God called me to IGNITE that I saw the parts of Guatemala I have never seen before and their desperate need for Jesus.

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Iza praying over a local woman during an outreach

 

While being here, I have been able to grow in my relationship with Christ in a place excluded from worldly distractions. It is incredible to me how much I have been able to learn about the Bible and Jesus’ love. My heart is extremely thankful for the help and prayer you have provided. It is beautiful to me how you were able to be part of my journey. It completely changed my life, and I will never forget it.

Love,
Izabella

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IGNITE interns (left to right) Julie, Jess, and Izabella during an outreach in Xela, Guatemala

 

 

Hearts on Fire

“The work that Potter’s Field is doing in Antigua is changing lives…”

The following was written by IGNITE Class 12 interns Nick and Julie Borghi of Calvary Chapel Chattanooga. Our interns have already spent over a month serving on the field and getting to know the children who attend our various Kids Clubs around the world! One little girl, in particular, caught Nick and Julie’s attention.

Since our first Kids Club in Guatemala, five-year-old Marianny has grabbed our attention.  This sweet five-year-old is full of energy and always on the move.  Her mom, Sylvia, summed her up in one word – “active.”  Usually, Marianny can be found on the trampoline near the tent.  She loves to jump and climb.  Besides play time, Marianny’s favorite part of Kids Club is the songs that we sing under the tent.  Her favorite song is “Tu Me Renuevas” (You Renew Me).  She even sings and dances the moves to that song at her home.

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Julie and Marianny at Potter’s Field Kids Antigua

Also at home, Marianny loves to pray.  She always volunteers to pray for meals for her family and before going to bed.  Her older sister, Natalie, and baby brother, Alejandro, are watching her pray every chance she gets at home, and I believe that Marianny is showing them the light of Jesus that lives inside her.  Her heart is so big that not only does she want to pray for other people, but she also wants to be a veterinarian and help save the lives of animals.  Her dog and turtle must be very lucky to have her as an owner!  She also has chickens that she takes care of with her parents’ help.  Sometimes her cousin likes to help her, too.

Her cousin is her best friend and comes to Kids Club with Marianny every Wednesday.  When the two are not at Kids Club, they enjoy drawing and painting and coloring and playing princesses.  Marianny is always Elsa, but dresses up in pink because it is her favorite color.  Marianny has a big heart for others and a personality that draws people.  She loves Jesus, and we believe God has great plans to use her as a light in this world.  When we asked who Jesus was to her, the answer was, “everything.”  Out of the mouth of babes… (Matthew 21:16).

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Julie and her son with Marianny and her family

For two years now, Marianny has been coming to Potter’s Field Kids Club, and we are so happy to have her.  She found out about Kids Club from a pamphlet she received while an IGNITE class was doing an outreach.  The reason that Marianny’s mom keeps bringing her back is because our Kids Club teaches children how to pray to God.  Marianny was once ashamed to pray but now loves to pray every chance she gets.  This child’s biggest prayer has greatly impacted her Mom and Dad.  She prays every day for her Dad to get a job.

The change of heart in her prayer life happened during a medical clinic at Calvary Chapel Antigua when someone with Potter’s Field prayed over her.  Since that day, Marianny’s attitude has changed, and she has grown a love for the Bible stories.  The work that Potter’s Field is doing in Antigua is changing lives.  What we may see on the front end is just seeds being planted, but other classes of IGNITE get to see the fruit that comes from it.  Marriany is a little girl who not only has been transformed by the Holy Spirit that lives in her, but she has also been a light to her family and ours as well.

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Unless the Lord Builds the House…

It was in October of 2014 when I was last in Uganda before my wife, Michelle, and I traveled there on April 24th -May 1st of this year. We were blessed to be able to spend time with Potter’s Field Ministries’ recently deployed IGNITE interns serving there, minister with and to the Calvary Chapel Entebbe (CCE) staff and church members, and to simply fellowship with our brothers and sisters there in Uganda who are so dear to us and all who serve with Potter’s Field Ministries (PFM). In addition to those reasons for going, there was also another purpose for our time there – to be a part of a building dedication that had been years in the making!

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Final preparations on the two-story educational building and courtyard

Potter’s Field Ministries has been involved in the private Christian school at CCE, Calvary Chapel Christian School, since it’s very beginnings. Over the years assisting in the building of needed educational buildings, providing funding for the administration for the school and, especially dear to us as a ministry, providing scholarships to hundreds of kids yearly to attend the school and get needed education, PFM has been blessed to be an intricate partner in all the school has grown into. As is always the case, school growth has led to the need for added facilities and, at the time of my last trip to Uganda, there were plans drawn up for a two-story educational facility, though the actual building of it was still just a dream. That dream came to reality over the past two and a half years, and it was our privilege on Friday, April 28th, to be a part of the dedication of this new building, along with our IGNITE interns and overseers.

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The Mayor of Entebbe cutting the ceremonial dedication ribbon

It has surely been a long haul for Pastor Craig Linquist, founding pastor of Calvary Chapel Entebbe (CCE), and the staff of CCE, in seeing this building come to fruition and dedication day was truly a celebration of perseverance but, even more so, a special day to acknowledge the provision of the Lord. What started in July 2015 with a ground-breaking ceremony attended by the mayor, local dignitaries, and CCE staff and church members, was culminated on that Friday with many of the same people in attendance along with many others, including individuals from the local school board and even a member of their parliament. There were speeches, performances by the kids in the school and also some from our Potter’s Field Kids programs, and the unveiling of dedication plaques. I was blessed to be able to unveil the “Donor Plaque” acknowledging the many partners who the Lord worked through to build the new facility, which not only includes six new classrooms but also a computer lab and a library! We were privileged to get to know Ed and Germaine La Guardia, who provided the funds specifically for the library, dedicated in honor of Germaine’s father.

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Pastor Craig Linquist of CC Entebbe (left) with Ed and Germaine La Guardia

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Children reading in the new library!

All in all, it was an incredible time being involved in the final preparations of the building, including the planting of plants and setting up the library, and we will long remember the smiling faces of the kids and their parents as they marveled at what the Lord had provided for them. I can’t say thank you enough to Pastor Mike and Pam Rozell, along with the staff of Potter’s Field Ministries, for the privilege of representing all of them at the dedication, as well as for all the special times of fellowship we had with our IGNITE interns and those who call Calvary Chapel Entebbe their home church and school.

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Performance by some of the children enrolled in Potter’s Field Kids Uganda

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The planting of the “Donor Tree”