Who are the Poqomchi’?

26 May

A Poqomchi woman at a Bible dedication ceremony in Guatemala

We leave in six days for Guatemala. Why, you ask? Great question.

One of the core elements of JESUS Film Harvest Partners (JFHP) is taking the story of Jesus where it has never been spoken, read, or heard before. This is also a goal of the Church of the Nazarene. More than 5,000 Poqomchi people call themselves Nazarene Christians, but until two years ago, those Christians had no Bible they could read.

Just take a moment to let that sink in. We pop over to the bookstore and we can locate 13 translations of the Bible, devotional books, Christian self-help books, myriad Christian fiction…and we still struggle to live by faith. We still question God, get angry at him, feel lost, and get bored in our pews because we think we’ve heard it all before.

Now, the Poqomchi’ have access to both the Bible (thanks to Nazarenes!) and the JESUS Film in their heart language. The film debuted this spring, and the first Poqomchi’ JESUS Film team is now on the ground in Guatemala. That’s why we’re headed there. We’ll be capturing footage of and interviewing baby Christians and new JF team members, who are ministering to the Poqomchi’.

We could not be more excited, and you should be, too. Because of our amazing donors, a whole new group of people now has access to the life of Christ. Please pray for our trip. Pray not only for our safety, but that we achieve all of God’s goals for us while trekking across the gorgeous landscape of Guatemala. We look forward to sharing with you!

1 Comment

Posted by on May 26, 2011 in General, JESUS Film


One response to “Who are the Poqomchi’?

  1. Joann Davison

    May 26, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I am so excited for both of you !!!
    What a wonderful service you will be doing for people in a land that can now have a Bible to read. I remember when I was a new christian and heard about how Harmon Schmelzenbaugh (sp) took the gospel to the people in Africa. That had happened before grandpa and my time but it was the first we had heard of missions . I also remember reading about many other early nazarene missionaries and when we first sent missionaries to New Guinia(sp). You are now helping to spread that same wonderful message of salvation to another frontier. How exciting ! May God bless you both and keep you i His care. I will be praying for you.
    Grandma Joann


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