Advanced education is not guaranteed in Guatemala. For most of these Bible students financial sacrifice by family, community or village, and church provide room, board, and materials as they pursue their ministerial goals.
Here in Guatemala many activities overlap as the year spools down. Of special note is the graduation of the Living Water Teaching (Ensenanza) de Agua Viva) Bible Institute. Each year Bible scholars who have completed courses and required activities, put on the Cap & Gown, and make the proud walk to receive their recognition and diploma’s.
Eleven (11) students have completed third and fourth year of studies, achieving licensure and pastoral credentials. 126 were full time resident students at LWT/BI Quetzaltenango. And, 300 graduates were from 53 individual extension Bible schools (country wide), conducted by 2nd year resident students.
The month of November is also the time when Robin finishes up her sewing ministry. This year 3 classes took place, thanks to donations of new and used sewing machines, fabrics, and supplies that foster these useful skills.
Chuck finishes the year by making sure the aircraft is in top condition by doing all manner of checks and services to include the required annual inspection. Chuck received inspection authorization (IA) from the FAA earlier this year. Renewal of circulation right and many other administration’s are normal for the end of the year.
Just another day in the lives of Chuck & Robin Martinez, missionaries to Guatemala.