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Our current mission projects.

Guatemala - World Relief The Free Reformed Churches are involved in the support of the Christian Medical Center in Cubulco, Guatemala. This medical center, actually a small hospital, provides medical care for the people in and around Cubulco and serves as a witness to the compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ. A primary concern is to serve the Achi Indian people in their own language. The project is funded by the international reformed relief foundation Word and Deed to which the Free Reformed Churches have been contributing. The hospital in Cubulco is managed by the American organization, Advancing Ministries of the Gospel. The administrator of the hospital, Mr. John Otten, together with his wife Connie and their children, are members of the Free Reformed Churches.
Guatemala - Seminario Evangélico Presbiteriano Rev. Ken Herfst accepted a call to teach in the Seminario Evangélico Presbiteriano located in San Felipe, Retualhuleu, Guatemala. At the seminary Pastor Herfst teaches courses and is also involved in some of the affiliated Bible Institutes located in different parts of the country. The churches in Guatemala struggles with a lack of qualified professors at a Seminary level and there have been many adverse influences even among the Reformed and Presbyterian Churches. Pastor Herfst believes that this is an opportunity for which God has uniquely equipped him and his family.

Churches of the Aldeas
A number of small churches or house groups have been established in the mountain regions surrounding Cubulco. The churches are served by local men (obreros) and many have their own elders and deacons as well. These local men, and some members of the congregations attend the Bible Insititute (Centro Teologico de Cubulco) which consists of both academic and theological education. Many have only obtained elementary education. The goal for them is to receive their high school diploma in theology, which they should achieve by the end of 2007. Another goal is to provide instruction to those in the churches that desire to increase their knowledge of the Bible.

Rev. Everts and Nico are presently teaching classes in the aldea churches in regards to election of office bearers to form consistories. These men will subsequently trained how to take up their office and fulfill their tasks and duties as elders and deacons. The missionaries oversee these churches now and visit them regularly. Many are accessible only by foot, up mountain trails.

Guatemala - Iglesia Reformada de Cubulco The Free Reformed Churches are currently engaged in a mission project in Cubulco, Guatemala, a small village some 40 miles north of Guatemala City. On October 1, 1995 a new church, Iglesia Reformada de Cubulco, was instituted. At the Iglesia Reformada de Cubulco three worship services are held every week. The Saturday evening service is in Spanish and Achi, with the message delivered in Spanish and translated into Achi. The Sunday morning worship service is conducted in the Achi language. This is preceded by Sunday school classes, which consist of about 60 attendees. Furthermore, an Achi class for adults is held which has about 40 in attendance. In addition to this, catechism classes for the teenagers are held as well. The Sunday afternoon services are held in Spanish. Many youth in the community attend church even though their parents do not. They were initially attracted through Vacation Bible School and then continued attending the services.

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