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Posted: 1/4/2012
I am Free—I Can Fly Like an Eagle!
By David Pritchard

I am Free—I Can Fly Like an Eagle!

Over 65% of the population in Guatemala is living in deep poverty. More than 85% of this segment of the population is entrepreneurs.

Through our church partner, Showers of Grace, and with the help of Medical Missions Ministries (MMM), Business Partners International (BPI), a Global Outreach ministry of Perimeter Church, serves the poor through a Christ-centered economic development program.

In 2011, we deployed three teams (in May, July & September) to teach a 3-phase, 5-day program.  Church members in the USA, comprised of professional men and women, teach the material to the students. 

Participants in the program are pastor recommended, have an idea they believe is from God, and are to be debt free.  About half of the students have already started the program.

Our 3-phase program teaches about calling, value creation, and value delivery.  We then run the numbers and help the students develop a business plan.  Then, we wrap up with a teaching on “Kingdom Business” with an operational focus.  The students who complete all three phases graduate and qualify for a small micro loan that is to be repaid over time.  Typical businesses include a hair salon, car repair, accounting, and chicken and clothing street vendors.

The graduating class of 2011 described the BPI Micro Enterprise teaching as “a treasure” and they are now free to fly!  As much as we talk about the practical business applications, we also share about the calling God has placed on every believer to be salt and light in the world.  We share about what a “Kingdom company” looks and tastes like to clients, to its employees, and its suppliers.  The teachers share their own stories of faith in the marketplace with the students.

"to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter when you see the naked, to clothe him …" (Isaiah 58:7).

For 2012, we are planning three BPI journeys (in June, July & September).  In addition to teaching in the urban city, we will begin to serve Pastor Juan Carlos and the De Esplendor Church in Palin on the outskirts of Guatemala City.  His vision is to offer the Christ-centered BPI economic development program to the community of Monte Christo as a community outreach.  

We now have 10 funded Kingdom companies operating in Guatemala City and hundreds more who have received the training, but did not require the micro loan to operate.  

No matter where you worship, please consider joining our “committed” professional team of believers as we serve the poor and honor God in Guatemala.  Contact David Pritchard at david@gillna.com for more information about BPI GO Journeys in 2012 -- teams are forming now.  

Posted: 12/12/2011
Interesting Facts about Guatemala
By Dave Polstra
Interesting Facts about Guatemala
 
 

·         The official name of the country is the Republic of Guatemala.

·         The name Guatemala means “Land of the Trees” in the Maya-Toltec language.

·         The country has a total area of 110,000 square km, about the size of Tennessee.

·         Administratively, the country is divided into 22 departments and subdivided into 332 municipalities.

·         The capital of Guatemala is Guatemala City.

·         The official language of the country is Spanish, while the currency is Quetzal.

·         Twenty-one distinct Mayan languages as well as several non-Mayan Amerindian languages are spoken here, especially in the rural areas.

·         The majority of the population in Guatemala is Ladino, also called the Mestiso, apart from the Whites.  Ladino consists of the mixed Amerindian and Spanish people, whereas the Whites comprise of people of Spanish, British, German, Italian and Scandinavian descent.

·         Tajumulco Volcano is the highest point in Guatemala with an altitude of 13,845 feet above sea level.

·         There are three UNESCO World Heritage sites, namely, Antigua Guatemala, Archeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua and Tikal National Park.

·         There are 252 listed wetlands in Guatemala The country is recorded to have 100 rivers, 61 lagoons, 5 lakes and 3 swamps.

·         As per the CIA World Factbook, Guatemala is recorded as having a per capita GDP of $5,000.  The country is ranked one among the 10 poorest countries in Latin America.

·         Agriculture contributesone-fourth of the country’s GDP.  Coffee, bananas and sugar are the main products of the land.

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Source:  http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-guatemala-2322.html


Posted: 12/10/2011
A letter from Hermann
By Hermann Alb

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Ministry,

 

Psalm 103:1-2 Says: “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits”.  We bless the Lord and give thanks to Him for you because you have been sent as one of the many benefits he has for our lives and for Guatemala and He told us not to forget you. You are a blessing to support this ministry either with prayers, financially, or by coming to Guatemala on a short-term trip.  You have abundantly shown your love, not only for us, the Albs, but also for our whole staff, and for our beautiful Guatemala, which God has called us to transform.

Your participation is allowing us not only to reach the lost, but to influence the Church. God constantly amazes us, especially using us beyond our limits.  Below are just a few of many ways God has amazed us:

a.      The new training center was finished—debt free-- when logically, in our own strength we couldn’t do it.

b.      For many weeks throughout the summer, we received two teams at the same time with even up to 24 people in each team.  We were not sure what it would look like at the end, but His word fulfilled the purpose for which He sent it, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

c.       The majority of the team members on a date with Jesus this summer were young people, for whom we have been tools to remind them about their irreplaceable role in God’s plans.  Your prayers and contributions are important in raising a generation of Guatemalans and Americans who will do greater things than what we have done.

d.      As we designed the new training center, Linda requested we build two rooms for training women in microenterprise, as beauticians, or as jewelers making jewelry at a low cost that they could sell, or as seamstresses, sewing custom clothing for their customers. Right after the dedication of the training center, Linda began to gather a group of women and is already training seven, to whom she is ministering spiritually, emotionally, physically and with skills they can use to bless others and themselves. She is also building a team of women from our church that will serve with her to train and serve many of the pastor’s wives in the villages.

e.      The number of teams coming to Guatemala was reduced this year just for us to be ready for the expansion. Having refreshed our joy and passion for what we do, depending totally on him, hearing from him how to accommodate, distribute and use everything in the new building, learning how he planned everything when two teams from different churches were here at the same time, and planning the strategies to bring the rural pastors to a series of 3 day retreats at the new training center in order to mobilize the Church and influence their communities.

f.        This year, even with only 18 teams, a total of 271 team members, we visited 72 villages, and attended to over 6,000 patients. Of all those patients some 951 were non-Christians, of which 63% asked God to be their God, Lord and Savior. We also participated in planting 8 new churches.  KIM, do these numbers tie into the piece A Day in the Life of MMM????

g.      And again God amazes us because for 2012 there are already 25 teams confirmed out of 41 openings!

 

God has chosen us to influence his Church and establish his kingdom; He wants us to show the Church how to do it and how to create opportunities for his Body to be engaged. “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.”

 

Your engagement with Medical Missions Ministries has been essential for what we do and we want to thank you very much for your obedience in loving us, praying for us and supporting us.

 

Now to God, who called us and is constantly amazing us, be the glory, for what he has done during these 24 years of ministry and for what He will do in the years to come.

 

Sincerely, with all our love,

 

Hermann and Linda Alb

 

 

  Our Staff (from left to right): Ruth Herrera, Carmelita Yac, Heidy Mansilla,

Ilse Alb, Cristina Muller, Brenda Muller, Dr. Guissela Reyes, Linda Alb,

Dr. Hector Higueros, Dr. Mario Mesarina, Federico Yac, Isidro Ixtuc, Luis García,

Dietrich Alb, Hermann Alb

Posted: 9/15/2011
Medical Missions Ministries in Times Square!
By TG Nance

Medical Missions Ministries in Times Square!

The Medical Missions Ministries logo was shown on the NASDAQ MarketSite Tower in Times Square after Dave Polstra received a Global Community Impact Award in NYC for his work with MMM.  Besides receiving a $20,000 donation to the ministry, Dave was a guest at the NASDAQ MarketSite bell ringing ceremony on September 15th which resulted in having his picture taken and the ministry logo shown in Times Square.  What an exciting moment for Dave and MMM!!
 
 
 
 

Dave Polstra standing in Times Square in front of the NASDAQ MarketSite Tower, the largest video screen in the world standing at 7 stories tall.


 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted: 5/14/2011
Ministry Center Update
By Hermann Alb

Ministry Center Update

·         New Ministry Center Dedication Ceremony held on May 14, 2011

·         Sleeps 26 people

·         Has training space for 100 people

·         5 bedrooms – 5 baths – 2 apartments for visiting doctors

·         Additional parking for ministry vehicles

·         Commercial kitchen

·         Fully paid for – No Debt!

·         We give thanks to our Lord for providing the funds to complete the training center

·         Many thanks to our faithful supporters
 
 
Posted: 4/19/2011
A Message from Hermann Alb
By Hermann Alb
When our container arrived, we found out that in order to import refrigerators we had to have a special permit because we had to prove it had the right cooling gas.  Our broker, a man of God, has been diligently doing things beyond the job and got the permit.  We were approved to pay taxes and we did according to the cost of everything that was bought and donated to Medical Missions Ministries.
 
After the taxes were paid, we were told that a red light came on, which meant that we were randomly selected to be inspected.  We were in a line of 50 containers.  A container that was in position 15 had to be removed and agreed to give us their position.  Finally, yesterday afternoon they got to our container and began to unload everything.  Because of the way our broker had completed the paperwork, it seemed like we had not declared some of the things on it.  I was able to speak with a person in authority there and they told me that according to the law they had to present it to a court.
 
I went to bed and got up early this morning to pray and God spoke to me:  "Hermann, do you remember how you joked with the teams that I love your driving because when you drive people pray?"  He continued, I drove in a way that you would pray, because I love it when you touch my heart".  After that, He gave me Proverbs 21:1 that reads: "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it to wherever He wishes ."  I then called the broker to see if there was any good news and this is what he reported:  "After I talked with you, Hermann, I called the port and spoke to the person in charge.  I explained to him what the problem could be and miraculously he agreed that I could come and show him the receipts and the original list.  I went there and was able to show him the misunderstanding, made the corrections and everything was packed back into the container and will leave the port on Monday morning around 10 a.m."

God is in control, but He wants us to remain in an intimate relationship with Him.

Thanks to all of you that have been praying with us; we indeed brought pleasure to the heart of God.  He enjoys it when we touch His heart in prayer.  God bless you. 
 
Thanks for being obedient to God in supporting this ministry.  We are a part of something great -- and your prayers and support make you part of it.

Sincerely,

Hermann and Linda Alb
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