Monday Morning, July 1


Buenna Dias! It is 7:00 AM and it feels earlier than any other day here I Guatemala. It was a miracle that we arrived home by 3:00 AM last night. It was a miracle that we arrived home at all last night. On our way back from one of the more remote villages we have been to with Team Ivanrest we were confronted with a MASSIVE tree that had fallen across the only road in and out of the village. The tree was so massive that it would probably take a day to be able to cut it up with a chain saw to make room for the Vans to pass. As we began praying and assessing our options we decided to dig with sticks and rocks and several screw drivers to try to make a hole big enough for the van to pass under the tree. This tree probably weighed well over 10 tons. At the trunk it was over 4 feet wide. A large branch had fallen straight into the road and was holding up the massive tree a couple inches higher than our vehicles. After carving about 2 feet out of the side of the mountain we tried to drive the vans and with your prayers they each one by one literally squeezed with only a couple inches to spare. This was truly a sign for the team of God protecting us and watching out for us. Had this tree fallen prior to our visit to the village, Satan would have triumphed and we surely would have had to turn around. There is no doubt that God had this village in our plans.

This tree is very much like things in our life that seem so big that we often don’t even Give God a chance to show us the way around it. We often arrive at the giant tree and just turn away. As we go home I pray that with will serve to us all here and to you back home that God always has a way through when we are in the path of His will. We just need to pray and allow him to show us and then be faithful and start digging with what ever we have and trust that he will carry us.

Because we were able to go to the village and listened to God’s call to minister there, God welcomed many new souls into the gates of Heaven. The village was clearly in great need of medicines and care. Team Ivanrest did a great job loving the people there and showing them the love of God. Several more of our team have fallen ill to this stomach flu that has been effecting so many here. It was a long hard night for those who became sick last night. But the sacrifice is so worth the impact of eternity that we are making.

Please pray for those who are now sick and for those who may yet come down with it. This is our last day and we still have some work to do. This morning we will be visiting the mission and then visiting a couple of other villages that team Ivanrest has worked at and bringing them some shoes, candy, toys and love. Then for the after noon the team will spend some time in Antigua. After that we will fill our bags with over 1000 pounds of raw coffee beans that we are taking home with us to be sold. By each of us taking 30-40 pound of coffee home we will be raising nearly $5,000 for the work that is being done here through paradise bound.

Tonight we will have one of the most important times here as a team. It is our final devotion time together as a team. Tonight God will be challenging us to each give the title of our home over completely to Him. I know that God has a great work yeat to be done in the hearts of our team and I believe that tonight we will see an amazing thing take place in the hearts of our team. Please pray for this time which will begin around 9:30 PM your time in Michigan.

Pray again for the weather for one more day. Yes it has rained here, but it has been perfectly timed once again to allow us to be used completely by God. Pray also that the team will be health for the trip back. It is a long voyage when you are sick.

We are excited to embrace many of you tomorrow at the airport. We are even more excited to share with you the many stories and experiences that have touched our lives here in Guatemala.

We are grateful again for you prayers and support.

In His Grip,

Kevin Van Wyhe


~ by teamivanrest on July 2, 2007.

3 Responses to “Monday Morning, July 1”

  1. Hello Terrific Team!
    Hope all is well with you as you finish up your awesome trip to Guatemala. It sure is nice to read all your notes to home. It’s nice to hear different stories through different eyes. Have a wonderful last day. Stay healthy and God bless you all.
    Greg and Kathy Door

  2. Congratulations! You’ve made it this far with only one day left to go. Hope no one else falls ill and those who have, are starting to feel better. This has been such an awesome experience for us here to hear your stories and feel the awesome power of God through what you have accomplished. Best wishes for a safe trip back and hope no one is sick on the return trip home. We are so anxious to hear all the stories from each person. We will keep you in our prayers for a safe and hassle free trip – security has been tightened a bit, but hopefully that won’t affect you.
    Take care and love you all lots!
    Jodi Berens

  3. Team,
    Well done, good and faithful servants!
    The Dooleys

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