What a joy it is to visit with family and friends, such as we recently were privileged to do. Yet there is a struggle every time we leave loved ones and a friendlier environment to go to what is foreign and remote. The struggle cannot be compensated by high ideals or our best attitudes because there is the reality that the best of where we go does not balance equally on the scales of this life. Where we go back to, there are moments of tremendous joy. Such as a dirty 6-year-old boy from Sunday School, when he puts his arms around you as tight as he can and says: "Major I didn't come to Sunday School while you were away because I was too sad you weren't here." All the time there is the awareness of the absence of family, friends and familiar settings. Yet our walk with the Lord will always have these "Cross Conflicts" because we have chosen to take up that personal cross our Lord has chosen for us.
The Lord continues to be gracious to us in relation to our family and our ministry. We had a relaxing time visiting in the States, but we were glad to get back to our home in Tecpán. The division continues to struggle due to a lack of officers for two appointments, but praise the Lord, a soldier of the Central Corps has been accepted as an Auxiliary officer and will take over at the Satelite Corps in two weeks. The Chimaltenango Corps, with its new officers, continues to move forward. With the additional security at the school/corps, the children, parents, teachers and officers are feeling a lot more relaxed. Concerning the father that was shot a few months ago, he has remained in an extended care facility in the Capital but remains paralyzed. Please continue to pray for this father and his family.
We continue to focus on discipleship with our Junior Soldiers, Corps Cadets and Bible Studies. We have to be very patient concerning the people's time, everyone seems to work very hard just to survive. The majority of our folks still cook with wood, which means they have to go up into the mountainsides to cut the wood and carry it back. Most of the time this is a responsibility for the whole family. If the children can walk, they have the responsibility to help with carrying the wood. Something else we must appreciate as we minister is that a number of the children of our Sunday School work in the fields. One 9-year-old, whose name is Juan Jose, works around 8 hours a day, Monday through Saturday, with family members so that the rest of his family will have a little money. Keep these children in your prayers.
Thank the Lord, Jean and I celebrated 25 years of marriage.
Major Donny Wilson