Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Report of Mission Committee Delegation to Cubulco

Written by Rev. P. VanderMeyden and Mr. G. Postma
The Mission Committee appointed Rev. P. VanderMeyden and Mr. G. Postma to make the annual visit to the Cubulco Mission field. The following is a report of their trip as gleaned from the Minutes.
Wednesday, January 13, 1999: Mission Secretary Garry Postma and Rev. P VanderMeyden were privileged to be able to bring their daughters Heather and Rosanna with them on this trip. After mutually experiencing flight delays due to winter weather conditions, they were thankful to find each other in Miami and rebook for the flight to Guatemala City. After a very comfortable flight, they found Rev. Ken Herfst waiting for them. They then proceeded to SETHECA (Seminario Theologica Centroamerica) to spend the night.

Thursday, January 14, 1999: Leaving about 8:00 a.m., they packed the Land Cruiser and began their day's travel. First stopping for some breakfast, they visited Bob and Wanda McRae at the AMG office at the Verbena school complex. Bob drove them in one of his vehicles to an AMG day care centre to visit a child sponsored by the Vineland Sunday School Society. Arriving back at Verbena they stopped to fuel and drove some four hours to Cubulco. Pastor Herfst allowed each of them to try their hand at Guatemala driving. Except for the last stretch of rough road and cliff's edge driving, they were thankful to stop at the familiar orange juice and coffee shop in Salama and from there to finish the journey to Cubulco. They were again reminded of the majestic scenery and the rustic housing. For their daughters these were all new and very impressive experiences. They arrived in Cubulco in the late afternoon, rested and were treated to a "welcome supper" together with the DeSterke family at the home of the Herfst family. The visitors made their own breakfast, but the missionary wives provided them with lunch and supper, alternating from one home to the other.

Friday, January 15, 1999: The morning began with a business meeting with Gary and Martha DeSterke, which was continued after lunch. Many areas were covered; the meeting was helpful and informative. About 4.30 p.m. on Friday afternoon they viewed the Translation Offices and were introduced to the four translation helpers working diligently on the various aspects of translation. On Friday evening the delegates (who were also elders) conducted family visitation with the Herfst family; first with the children and later with the parents alone. It was an edifying evening.

Saturday, January 16, 1999: On Saturday morning they met with Crecensio at about 10:00 a.m. He introduced himself by speaking of his personal life and conversion as well as his educational and employment history. In the early afternoon one delegate worked on minutes while the other worked on hooking up email services for Gary and Ken. Later in the afternoon they enjoyed the warm sunny weather and took some time with their daughters to view the market and tour the town. On Saturday evening there was a Spanish/Achi worship service which was attended by about 15 members and the two missionary families. Rev. Herfst preached on the foolishness of idolatry from Isaiah 44. The singing in the services was considerably enhanced by the help of a key-board and the leadership of Moises Ramos as "voorzanger".

Sunday, January 17, 1999: The morning was started with a Sunday School class at 9:00 a.m. led by Rev. Herfst in Spanish. He explained faith (fe) as including conocimiento, conviccion, and confianza. He made use of passages like I Thessalonians 1 as a basis for his lesson. Following this, at 11:00 a.m., a completely Achi service was held. During this time the missionary families, including John and Connie Otten, met at the hospital lunch room for an English service in which Rev. VanderMeyden preached. After the service (they killed a scorpion) and enjoyed coffee and fellowship. After dinner at 3:00 p.m. the delegates made a family visit with John and Connie Otten and their children. It was a profitable visit. At 7:00 p.m. a Spanish service was held. It was noticeable that a fair number who attended had not been present at the other two services.

Monday, January 18, 1999: Monday was largely taken up with business meetings with Rev. Ken and Jackie Herfst. They were able to have a good discussion on various aspects of Ken's evangelism work and the family's personal needs. On Monday evening they conducted a family visit with the DeSterke family. At first they spoke with the children who appeared to be very well instructed. Later they spoke with the parents alone.

Tuesday, January 19, 1999: On Tuesday they continued their discussion with Rev. Ken and Jackie Herfst. The early afternoon was spent recording minutes and getting an outside telephone line connected to the guest house study for Ken's email. Later that afternoon they took a hike up the "witch doctor's hill" and they were able to view the Cubulco valley from this lookout point. That evening they joined all the Free Reformed families at the hospital lunch room for a farewell supper.

Wednesday, January 20, 1999: The visitors left early (5:00 a.m.) for Guatemala City with Ken and Jackie who led the way in the Mitsubishi and they drove John's Ford truck, which needed servicing, to the AMG office. After dropping off the Ford, they had a meeting at the Wycliffe office. After an intense week of business meetings the delegates were ready for an afternoon of tourism. They travelled with Ken and Jackie to Antigua where they viewed this city which has been rebuilt on the ruins of the ancient capital after a great earthquake devastated it.

Thursday, January 21, 1999: After staying overnight at a motel in Guatemala City the delegates and their daughters were driven by Ken and Jackie to the airport. After parting ways in Miami everyone was thankful to arrive home safely.

Read 1868 times

We have 388 guests and no members online

© Free Reformed Churches of North America