A SUCCESSFUL GUATEMALA PILGRIMAGE
Working in a Mayan village, 8,000 feet above sea level, six Seekers joined 18 others from around the U.S. to help local villagers build a library that will extend primary education to the adults of Panimachavac and the surrounding area. We worked hard physically and learned a lot about each other in the process. Each night, we gathered to reflect on how God was at work in Guatemala.
Our long partnership with PAVA (Programa de Ayuda a los Vecinos del Altiplano) gave us a shoulder-to-shoulder opportunity to deepen our connections with the indigenous villagers by working with and for them. It was the 15th pilgrimage led by Marjory and Peter Bankson, and gave us another opportunity to help build bridges of peace with people in the Highlands. Over the years, more than 35 Seekers have participated in these work-pilgrimages.
To experience the daily rhythms of life and interact with the children in this remote village made this quite different from the usual tourist trip – although we did have a chance for some sight-seeing in three days at Lake Atitlan at the end of the trip. We also visited the finished library in Paxixil where, in 2012 we helped with another village library, mostly sanding and painting bamboo for the innovative design used there. For those who expected construction, painting was tedious. Learning to deal with things “as they are” rather than as we might want them to be is always an important learning about being at home in the world.
Our often unexpected tasks illustrated a song that became a frequent expression of the community that emerged during our ten days together.
Step into the Flow
I step into the flow and then I let it go,
I open my mind, my heart and my soul; (repeat)
O I remember (I surrender)…
I open my mind, my heart and my soul.
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Currently in the Seekers Gallery
Shawn Vidmar Devine
Textiles from the collection of
The new exhibit in the Seekers Gallery features images and textiles from Guatemala. The cards and prints by Shawn Vidmar Devine are accompanied by textiles from the collection of Sandra Miller.
Shawn carefully chose the photos and cards in this exhibit from images captured during Guatemala pilgrimages sponsored by Seekers Church. Both Shawn and her husband Dan have benefited from the Seekers Scholarship fund, so they wanted to give back to the church and the program. All of the proceeds from this show go toward Seekers’ involvement with PAVA, the scholarship fund, and/or any other expenses Seekers incurs with the 2015 Pilgrimage.
Seekers Church supports many missions and ministries in the United States and other countries. The amount budgeted for international giving this year approaches 20% of what we expect to receive in offerings over the course of the year. Once our budget for the year was approved, and the overall amount available for international giving had been determined by the Stewards of Seekers Church, all members of the faith community were invited to request support for missions or ministries where they are personally involved.
After worship on March 15th the community affirmed support for eight international missions and ministries:
Bokamoso Youth Foundation – Winterveldt, South Africa
Othandweni Day Care and Guest House – Winterveldt, South Africa
PAVA (Programa de Ayuda a los Vecinos del Altiplano) – Chimaltenango, Guatemala
Collegio Miguel Angel Asturias – Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Abato Foundation - Mpigi, Uganda
New Story Leadership - Israel/Palestine
Seekers Church continues to support many missions and ministries in the United States and other countries. The amount budgeted for domestic giving is usually about 20% of what we expect to receive in offerings over the course of the year. Once our budget is approved each year and the overall amount available for domestic giving has been determined by the Stewards of Seekers Church, all members of the faith community are invited to request support for missions or ministries where they are personally involved.
For 2015 the community has affirmed support for 30 domestic missions and ministries. For easy access to more information, the name of each organization is linked to its web site.
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