Beech Street Baptist Church
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Guatemalan Missions

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Several years ago, our church forged a bond with the small Central American nation of Guatemala.  Two of our dear friends and brother and sister in Christ answered God’s call to serve as full time missionaries in Guatemala. Larry and Sarah Plyler have been serving as IMB Missionaries ever since.

We sorely miss them, but we understand the call.  Every Christian has a calling.  Not every Christian goes to Guatemala, Kenya, or China, but every Christian goes to the grocery store, to work, or to school.  The stock boy at the local market needs Jesus just as much as the street vendor in rural Guatemala.  We at Beech Street have a heart for people… ALL people.  We love the people of Gurdon, across the state of Arkansas and the United States, and we love the people of Guatemala.

An outflowing of that love leads us to plan regular mission trips to Guatemala.  In Guatemala, we work alongside Larry and Sarah Plyler in prayer walking, games and activities with the children, door to door witnessing to hurting families and lead worship services each night.  We are so excited to be a part of what God is doing in Guatemala!

Click HERE to visit the Beech Street Guatemalan Missions page on Facebook.

Below is the 2011 wrap-up report, as given by Larry and Sarah Plyler, IMB Missionaries to Guatemala:

Operation Go Team Report - July 23-30, 2011
Serving the Lord in Guatemala
Chimaltenango and Monte de Olivos
Arkansas and Alabama
(or Alabama and Arkansas)
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize...we do get a crown that will last forever..." I Corinthians 9: 24-27.
Beech Street Baptist Church, Gurdon, Arkansas, continues to run the race---sharing Jesus Christ in Guatemala. Joining them in the race this year were a medical team that included our oldest son, Dr. Michael Plyler, a dentist, and his wife Sharon and two sons, Lawson and Cole. Also a pharmacist from Opp, Alabama, Ted Roquemore and his wife Linda, and three nurses, also from Alabama, Sheila Travis and her daughter, Whitney Brooks, and Lisa MacFarland and Brittany Boyles very dear friends to Larry and Sarah. Our home church, Beech Street Baptist Church was led by our youngest son, Mitch Plyler and his wife Lynsey and their children, Noah and Tessa. Also from Beech Street were Marianne Roe and her grandson, Trevor Stone, along with his fiance, Cady Baker, Charla Renfro and her two daughters, Regan and Bret Ashton, Kayla Caldwell, Mark King, Dan Leamons, Eddy and Winnie Clark, and Beau McKenzie. Also joining her home church, Beech Street, and working her last team for the summer was Jenna Hurst. Jenna, who was our summer Missionary, feels a call from God to missions and she has done a wonderful job over the last eight weeks. Guatemalans helping were Manolo Vasquez, Luis Garcia and his son Eduardo, Gustavo Garcia, Fredy and Beth Moraga, Tony Campos, Shalom Figueroa, Andrea Moraga, Jesus Perez, Daniel Gutierez, and Raul Alquijay.
This year the team multiplied their work by not only doing Operation GO door to door evangelism, but also a Vacation Bible School and a medical clinic--all going on at the same time! On Sunday they worshipped in Iglesia Bautista Canaan in Chimaltenango and on Sunday evening in Iglesia Bautista Evangelica Espiritu del Santo. Several shared testimonies, song, and Mitch Plyler shared the message. On Monday and Tuesday the team worked in Chimaltenango, and on Wednesday and Thursday they worked in Monte de Olivos. The VBS team worked with almost 150 children, sharing Bible stories, puppets, crafts, songs, and recreation. Eddy and Winnie Clark, Mark King, Dan Leamons, Trevor Stone, and Beau McKenzie went door to door in Chimaltenango sharing Jesus Christ. The medical team saw 1343 patients in the four days. In Monte de Olivos the VBS group joined the evangelism group in the mornings going door to door sharing Christ. A group from the Church Canaan shared and prayed with the patients waiting to see the medical team. Despite the rain on Thursday, the team went out with umbrellas and ponchos and had VBS in the nearby field. They were truly "running the race" for Jesus. One thousand four hundred ninety four people heard the gospel including the children in VBS and those visiting the medical clinic. Fifty persons prayed a decision for Christ and three rededicated their lives to Him. Two Bible studies were started.
It was an awesome week and a joy to see our home church multiplying the work--bringing more people from different churches with them....always "running the race" for Christ. We claim the verse in Psalm 78 as we have our sons, Michael and Mitch, and their wives Sharon and Lynsey, and our grandchildren Lawson, Cole, Noah, and Tessa joining us on mission for the Lord. This was Mitch's first sermon and he shared about running the race. That is what we are all about.
"We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done...that they should teach them to their children, that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children..." Ps. 78:4-6
Let us just keep "running the race" and PASS IT ON!!