For the last nine years a team from Autauga Baptist Association has traveled to Guatemala for a medical missions trip.
From May 30–June 6 the team –– representing multiple churches within the association and including Autauga Baptist’s Hispanic missionary Carlos Lemus along with several college-aged students –– served in the city of Huehuetenango in the highlands of western Guatemala.
“After ministering in this area for several years, we have become good friends with several people that we see every year in Huehuetenango,” trip leader and doctor Rachel Chance said.
The team partnered with a local pastor who helped coordinate with the pastors of local Baptist churches to hold medical clinics in their churches.
During the clinics, they saw patients of all ages and treated a wide variety of medical problems. “I hope that our trips help with their physical needs, but more importantly we also use the opportunity to witness as we see the opening and connect people with the local church for an eternal impact,” Chance, who is a member of First Baptist Church, Prattville, said. “One of our main goals is to create opportunities for the local church to be a friend to the community and make it easier for them to share the good news of Jesus Christ.”
Interpreters worked alongside the team, and local church members participated by helping with organization and sharing the gospel with the people being ministered to.
“This medical missions effort is one of 10 associational missions trips calendared in 2018,” said associational missions strategist Mel Johnson. “The wholistic missions approach from these medical professionals and volunteers assures that our association maintains a footprint in every element of our Acts 1:8 strategy.”
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