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I stood in awe of God's magnificent creation while taking in the view of these volcanoes around Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

A Time for Everything

In June I had the privilege of preaching at our home church, River Oaks Community Church. I preached on Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, which includes the well-known poem that speak about "A Time for Everything".

It is quite interesting to me that in this passage the author writes about all the varying emotions and activities that we might experience from birth until death. There is indeed a time for everything under Heaven. For our family it is no different.

I never imagined we'd be missionaries based out of the USA, and how at this phase in our lives, there would be so many different aspects of ministry. "There is a time for everything" in my role with TEAM... a time for me to travel throughout the USA and speak at churches or college campuses; a time to travel overseas and scout out creation care opportunities; a time to video conference with missionaries around the world, or sometimes travel to their location; a time to work out of my home office; a time to help homeschool and care for our kids on the days Becky is at work at the hospital; a time to be involved in our home church and community.  We have come to a peace in the midst of the chaos of life knowing that there is “a time for everything”. Right now, we see that the Lord has given us “ministry” where we are planted. Our kids, the hospital, my role with TEAM—God has led us to where we are, in His timing. And we can trust that He will guide us as we continue to seek Him and walk in His ways. We are thankful also for your part in all of this, praying for us and making this work possible by your generosity!

Guatemala Trip

June 24th-July 5th, I went to Guatamala with a TEAM missionary couple who had been doing Aquaponics in Zimbabwe, and are looking to see where the Lord might lead them next. We visited some of our missionaries and ministries in Guatemala City and surrounding areas. My task was to be on the lookout for new ministry opportunities we might be able to develop with creation care efforts.

One of the people we met was Dr. Israel Ortiz, the director of the “Centro Esdras”. The focus of this ministry is to offer leadership training for Christians of all levels of education in Guatemala. One of the core values they teach from Scripture is that environmental stewardship is an inherent part of our Christian responsibility.

Based on my interaction with Dr. Israel, I will be looking to see how we can partner with his organization and some pastors in eastern Guatemala where drought consistently impacts the poor in their communities.

We also visited the community of San Lucas de Toliman on the shores of Lake Atitlan. We spent a day with an organization called Promised Land Ministries (PLM). They are doing excellent work in that community by building simple homes for the poor, providing affordable healthcare in the surrounding community, and offering a gospel centered education for many of the Mayan children. 

This photo is of a 90+ year old Mayan couple that were saved from their burning home, and given a new home by Promised Land Ministries. Many Guatemalans are short in stature, but this Mayan couple definitely takes the record in my book—I felt like a giant next to them!

We were also able to visit the historic town of Antigua, Guatemala’s ancient capital and learn some about the history of this beautiful country. We then headed off to the mountains in northern Guatemala to a growing medical ministry, and to help troubleshoot some problems with the aquaponics unit they are trying to establish.

We had to take a four-seater airplane ride over the mountains to get there. What an experience! It was a 1958 Cessna 172 single engine plane. In case you think I was worried, it is the most successful airplane in history based on it's longevity and popularity. Though an older plane, it got us to our destination and back just fine.Our time was very unique in that the family we stayed with are Africans from Zimbabwe, whom God called to serve among the Mayan people. They are likely the first black people the remote community has ever seen, but in the short three months this family has been in the mountains of Guatemala, the local people have welcomed them into their lives. The love of Jesus is evident in their smiles and in their lives. It was so incredible to see!


Trip to Chicago Area

Toward the end of this month, we are planning a trip to the Chicago suburbs to visit those of you who pray for us and support us financially. We are so thankful for you! If you would like to get together while we are there (July 25 - Aug. 5), please let us know!

While I was traveling...

Becky took the kids biking in the Smoky Mountain National Park at Cades Cove, an 11.6 mile loop with lots of wildlife.
They spent many hours swimming in the river and even our dog, Uma, had a chance to cool off.
They had fun exploring the old cabins at Cades Cove and found many exciting places to play hide and seek.
They also went blueberry picking and made a special 4th of July blueberry pie.
For the first week I was gone, Caleb and Samuel were able to go to Camp Arrowwood, a Christian outdoor adventure camp led by friends from our church. This was a very special time for the boys, as well as for the two that stayed home with mommy!
So thank you to all of you who pray for us and give financially to make this ministry and our family life possible. We appreciate you more than you know.

For the Kingdom,
Ben, Becky, Caleb, Samuel, David, & Lilianna Bacheller
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