Working for Unity in Guatemala

By Nate Bacon

Padre Fernando is standing to the right of Nate Bacon. To the other side is a young Evangelical pastor, Nehemias, connected to us through CTM, Jose from InnerChange Honduras is at the far right.  Next to Jose is Ana Beatriz, and at the far left is Fray Jorge, Ana Beatriz and Fray Jorge are also missionaries working closely with Jose and Celida in Honduras.  This photo is outside Archbishop Oscar Romero’s tomb in San Salvador, the day before his beatification.

I’m writing from a bus on the four-hour mountainous trip to Guatemala City, from Xela.  At the kind request of our friend Fr. Fernando Ruiz, who pastors one of the largest Catholic parishes in Antigua, Guatemala, tomorrow morning I will have the opportunity to speak in Guatemala City to 35 students from different Catholic orders and religious communities, most of them preparing for the priesthood.  The exciting thing is that the topic is Christian Unity, which, as we have shared, is sadly not a very popular topic here.

Please pray that God will grant me wisdom and grace to plant significant seeds in hearts and minds that might flower in their lives and future ministries!  I am very excited to have this opportunity.What makes this even more interesting is that our friends at Center for Transforming Mission (CTM) and several of us from InnerChange have been growing in friendship with Fr Fernando over the past few years.  His first ever speaking venture to an Evangelical audience was at a summit put on by our friends at CTM 3 years ago…which was also the first time CTM had ever invited a Roman Catholic priest to speak!  He did a fantastic exegesis on the Road to Emmaus story from Luke 24.  So perhaps it’s no surprise that Joel Aguilar from CTM just spoke to this same class just two weeks ago!

What makes this even more interesting is that our friends at Center for Transforming Mission (CTM) and several of us from InnerChange have been growing in friendship with Fr Fernando over the past few years.  His first ever speaking venture to an Evangelical audience was at a summit put on by our friends at CTM 3 years ago…which was also the first time CTM had ever invited a Roman Catholic priest to speak!  He did a fantastic exegesis on the Road to Emmaus story from Luke 24.  So perhaps it’s no surprise that Joel Aguilar from CTM just spoke to this same class just two weeks ago!

I add these details because I believe they reveal the long-term fruit of your prayers as God continually surprises us with key friendships that produce ever unfolding blessings over time for the sake of God’s Kingdom in Guatemala and Central America.  We are deeply grateful. Thank you…