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Loaves and Fishes

Eighteen years ago I stood at a crossroads in my life. I was tired, sick and broken. The fire in my gut that had fueled my passion for God and the ministry had died into embers. I had been deeply wounded by the church, by life and I thought even God. I realize now looking back that I was suffering from post traumatic shock syndrome, we had been through so much trauma, so many years of isolation, loneliness and constant battles with Satan had taken a terrible toll on my life. I had only returned to Guatemala because Queno was committed to building the hospital. The millennium came and went and things seemed to get worse. [Read more below…]

Continue reading “From Lori’s heart” »

Read the latest issue of the MG Stories magazine. Morning Glory Stories is the quarterly publication of the New Iberian Mission Association (NIMA) highlighting the ministry outreach of Morning Glory Christian Academy to Guatemala, Central America.

In This Issue:
Ninety Theses on Excellence In Education In A Christian School By guest author, H. Lynn Gardner
Defying Gravity: Turning The World Right-Side Up
2017 Report
2018 Budget

And So Much More…

Continue reading “MG Stories , Volume 6.1 (Winter 2018)” »

Read the latest issue of the MG Stories magazine. Morning Glory Stories is the quarterly publication of the New Iberian Mission Association (NIMA) highlighting the ministry outreach of Morning Glory Christian Academy to Guatemala, Central America.

In This Issue:
SONshine Through The Clouds By Lori Nij
A Star Is Born By Herb Pinney
A Little Give Is All It Takes
And more

Continue reading “MG Stories , Volume 5.2 (Fall 2017)” »

Read the latest issue of the MG Stories magazine. Morning Glory Stories is the quarterly publication of the New Iberian Mission Association (NIMA) highlighting the ministry outreach of Morning Glory Christian Academy to Guatemala, Central America.

In This Issue:
Out of the Salt Shaker
The State of the Ministry
The Road Less Traveled
A Tribute to Melba Pinney
A Declaration of Dependence
The Church has Left the Building
And more

 

Continue reading “MG Stories , Volume 5.1 (Summer 2017)” »

Great news: the summer edition of Morning Glory Stories is being printed, desktop published this coming week in Agape’s office. It is a beautiful magazine published and printed in Agape’s office.  It should all be in the mail with 12 color pages by next Friday.

Continue reading “June 26, 2017, News Blast from Morning Glory” »

Read the latest issue of the MG Stories magazine. Morning Glory Stories is the quarterly publication of the New Iberian Mission Association (NIMA) highlighting the ministry outreach of Morning Glory Christian Academy to Guatemala, Central America.

In This Issue:
The Christmas Suprise
Christmas Catalog for 2016

 

Continue reading “MG Stories, Volume 4.4 (Winter 2016)” »

 

000TitleRead the latest issue of the MG Stories magazine. Morning Glory Stories is the quarterly publication of the New Iberian Mission Association (NIMA) highlighting the ministry outreach of Morning Glory Christian Academy to Guatemala, Central America.

In This Issue:
Stairway To Heaven

 

 

 

Continue reading “MG Stories, Volume 4.3 (Fall 2016)” »

Elizabeth’s Morning Glory Story

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Elizabeth Stephens

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     Never did I think I would be stepping off the plane in Guatemala City, Guatemala, but as always our plans are not always God’s plans. A couple, who worked with one of the Christian organizations on my university campus and now live in Guatemala, told me about Morning Glory Christian Academy and the opportunity to be an intern. After praying and seeking God’s will I decided this is where He was calling me to go.
On July 2, 2016 I arrived in a new country surrounded by unfamiliar places and faces, yet surrounded by the language I love. Many different emotions were present at that time and I was excited to see what God had in store, but honestly, parts of me just wanted to get on the plane and go back home. However, I am so glad I didn’t because God showed me great things during my time there.
While in Guatemala, I had many different ways to serve from working at the school, translating for groups, serving food to the Casas Por Cristo groups, washing laundry, and cooking, but the most important was the opportunity to love and get to know people on a personal level. Establishing a relationship with the people of Guatemala, I believe, was the best part of my trip.
At Morning Glory Christian Academy, I helped teach English classes, translated for groups when needed, helped the children with their homework, and even sat in on classes and learned things myself. Many times I was stretched beyond my comfort zone and had to step out on faith, but through that God showed me that He is faithful and through stretching and doing what we think is impossible, He shows us that everything is possible. We are just to be opened and ready to let Him speak through us, even if it is in another language.
While at the school I was able to meet many teachers and spend time with them during breaks. This was one of my favorite parts as I was able to hear their stories, learn Guatemalan Spanish, and make new friendships that will last forever. One thing I learned while working at the school was that it’s not only the children who need love, but the teachers as well. No matter how young or how old, we all need to be shown the love of Christ.
When not at school I had the chance to spend time with the children from the school and also got to meet people in the town. I was able to visit many restaurants and had the chance of meeting many people there. I started many conversations just by saying “Hola” and before we knew it, we had spoken for a good 10-15 minutes. Through having these conversations, I was able to make new friends and grow closer to the people there. One night I had the opportunity to eat with one of the families that I had met, and it was such a huge blessing for me.
My thoughts were that I would go to Guatemala and share Christ’s love and return home, only to realize that what I sat out to give, I was receiving by the people there. They showed me so much love and made a huge difference in my life. God showed me so many things while there, but I believe the number one thing I learned is that if I, as a human being, could fall in love with the people and establish relationships with them, how much more does God love us and want to establish a relationship that is everlasting?

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Izzy’s Morning Glory Story

by Elizabeth (Izzy) Mason

     Two weeks after my third trip to Morning Glory and I am still processing all of the amazing things that happened. Getting on the plane home required a strength I wasn’t even sure I possessed, and it was hands down one of the most difficult things I have ever done. It’s hard to explain Morning Glory in words, let alone into one long flowing story. Morning Glory’s Story is comprised of so many chapters and paragraphs and sentences from so many authors, and I have been so blessed to get to be a part of that.

When Words Fail

      Before my first trip to Morning Glory, I was worried that my lack of Spanish was going to make it impossible for me to connect with the children and staff. After this trip, my Spanish is a little better, but I now know that words aren’t everything. Not even close. There is so much more to connecting than just the words that you speak. Most of the connection comes from how you make them feel.
I spent a lot of hours in bible class during the last month I was there. I hadn’t spent much time there in my previous trips, and I now wish that I had.  I learned really quickly that I had found the one place where my serious lack of Spanish wasn’t even an issue.
The students can feel the love of God without always understanding the words. I know because I now know some songs in Spanish better than I know them in English, and I could feel the songs even if I couldn’t understand some of the words. The students don’t always understand what some group members are saying to them, or what the words to their prayers are, but here’s what they do know: There are people praying for them. Someone is hugging them and focused on them and loving them. Portraying the love of God is just as much about actions as it is about words, and usually more so.  “Dear children, let us love not with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 (NIV)

God Versus Stubbornness

When I’m at home working in schools, I have this habit of focusing solely on the littlest kids in Pre-K through maybe 4th grade.  I have always had the hardest time connecting to older students, especially the ones in middle school grades. Apparently, God needed me to change that. I’ve always heard that I shouldn’t tell God what I’m not going to do because He will laugh and make me do exactly that.  Well, it’s true.  I fell in love with students that were well outside my comfort zone, and I know God had a lot to do with that. He filled my heart with more joy and love than I could have ever imagined.
I wasn’t sure how to build relationships with older students. The little ones are cute and eager to please and fairly understanding when you mess up on Spanish. They’re content with being pushed on the swing. The older ones are a challenge for me, but they are in need of just as much love and attention as the younger ones and sometimes even more. Fortunately, God helped me out with this and I definitely needed A LOT of help. I wasn’t perfect at it. I struggled and at first. I spent quite a bit of time wondering why He needed me to do this. I was stubborn and more than a little bit resistant, but I slowly learned to just roll with it because I knew there was reason He was not-so-gently nudging me down this particular path. I won’t ever be perfect, but over the course of this summer I have learned that I don’t have to be because God will always amplify the good and fill in for the things I lack. He’s here for all of the people at Morning Glory, and you can see it in the children.

I loved every minute of my time at Morning Glory. Even the early mornings, and I am about as far from a morning person as you can get. Morning Glory, and all of its authors, makes you want to get up and be there.

 

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