"In every thing give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
— 1 Thessalonians 5:18
In October 1998, Hurricane Mitch plummeted Central America, and according to the Prensa Libre newspaper it pounded the Ixcán region of Guatemala on the 27 th of that month. That was the day 20 years ago, I moved from Playa Grande to the village of Santiago Ixcán.
It was a memorable beginning.
As such, I chose October 27th, 2018 to mark the 20th anniversary of Ixcán Ministries' presence among the Maya people of Santiago Ixcán and area. And true to form, on that day, it rained... hard. ...
I thought, in light of our anniversary, that it might be worthy to go back and recount my arrival to Santiago Ixcán. Here is part of that story I wrote in a newsletter 20 years ago ...
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In October 1998, Hurricane Mitch plummeted Central America. On the 27th, rain pounded the Ixcán region of Guatemala. That was also the day I moved from Playa Grande to the village of Santiago Ixcán.
A few weeks before I left Guatemala for the U.S., six members of our villages’ health post committee came to see me, saying the clinic needs a cement floor for the outdoor waiting area.
Sadly, alcohol abuse has increased at an alarming rate in Santiago Ixcán over the past ten years. There are no easy answers.