The summer months have been very busy here in Guatemala, with lots of things happening—several teams visiting, our annual Youth Retreat, a quick trip to Nebraska, along with the norms of teaching classes, leading at our local church, leading discipleship groups, and routine family life. However, it’d be an injustice to sum it all up that quickly because there’s been a lot of exciting stuff going on in the BIG picture.
Our annual Youth Retreat attracted more than 60 teenagers this year. It was a fun, wet, and Spirit-filled weekend in which we were able to connect with teenagers which we work with on a weekly basis. Students from all over Guatemala were challenged, encouraged, and inspired to walk as Christ-followers by teachings from our visiting team from Oral Roberts University, as well as from our own New Generation staff and some of our discipleship teens. Six of the retreat participants were baptized and they are now plugged into discipleship groups in the areas in which they are from.
One of the most exciting things from the past few months of ministry has been in the area of discipleship groups. At New Generation, our principle goal is to make disciples that make disciples, that our teens would be a light where they live, study, work, and play. I’m excited to say that our two “oldest” groups are now walking out our end goal. One of the groups is now teen-led and working on a community project, and the other has now formed it’s own teen-led group on Saturday nights. We’ll continue supporting these teens, as well as challenging and equipping other groups to do the same.
It’s been exciting to see God at work over the past few months as He’s been growing and stretching all of us—the teenagers in our groups, our family, our staff members, and the participants on our mission’s teams. We can truly say that God is presenting so many opportunities to be used, if we only are in tune to what He is doing. Honestly, I feel like sometimes we miss more opportunities at times than we walk into; but by His grace He continues to work and ask us to participate WITH what He is doing!
Thanks for joining us on this journey!
Chad, Jami, Olivia & Kingston Bader