First Rally mission trip to Antigua brings hope

Rally Director Kurt Frisbee led the first Rally trip to Antigua, Guatemala, in March. We asked him to share the highlights from the missions trip in his own words.

"I remember signing up for this trip with no true expectations. I knew it would be a beautiful experience, but I never expected to have the takeaway that I did.

The first day we explored Antigua and became familiar with the church we would be partnering with, Fuente De Vida. We attended two separate church services that day, where we sang with the locals. This alone was enough for us to see the beauty in all God’s people worshipping Him with a joyful noise.

The next three days consisted of making and pouring concrete for the church and teaching vacation bible school for the children in the city. The children immediately made an impact on all of us. They had very few things but an abundance of happiness. It showed us all that a lack of joy is never the product of a lack of things — rather, the product of a life centered around things other than Jesus.

On the fourth day, we were blessed with the opportunity to install water filters into homes and serve children at a feeding center. As the children prayed over us, there was a sense of peace circulating the room. Despite the poverty or lack of food, it was clear to us all that God truly had everything under control.

The trip wasn’t necessarily easy. We were tired and bruised and fought achy muscles. But the end of the day still radiated this strange, unexplainable level of joy.

Guatemala showed me that when we seek God in all we do — whether its pouring concrete, helping sweet children with arts and crafts, or installing water filters —then surely joy is to follow."

Check out a full gallery of photos shot by Meredith Beck, one of the young adults on the trip.

If you're interested in a short-term mission trip, check out all the opportunities at newspring.cc/missions.

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