Monday, July 13, 2015

Team Season 2015


Hello Friends and Family!

It's been over two months since I last posted an update on what we are doing in Guatemala.  I apologize!  So much has gone on in the past two months, and I would like to give you all a brief update on the most important things.

James Carr, Team Coordinator-

That's right!  James has a new title with Engadi for now.  He has been helping plan, host, and lead the church teams that are coming down to work with the ministry this summer.  He was able to help with the team from our home church in Georgia, Watkinsville First Baptist, in June, and this month is helping with three other teams that are partnering with Engadi from other areas of the U.S.  There will be over eighty individuals making up the teams this month that are working with Engadi, so he has been extremely busy, but he has really enjoyed getting to know brothers and sisters in Christ from across the U.S. who also understand and are a part of the vision of Engadi Ministries.

James Carr, Team Coordinator

Outreach in Paradise-

This summer, Engadi Ministries has been hosting Family Festivals in our target community of Paradise, which is located within the northern slums of Guatemala City.  The festivals are geared towards entire family involvement with family relays, games, and short Biblically-based messages over topics including, love, respect, and forgiveness.  There have been two festivals hosted so far with several hundred local residents in attendance.  We have planned to host three festivals this summer and hope to continue with a couple more this fall as well. 

Getting ready for Engadi's second Family Festival on July 12
Initiating the festival with a water balloon toss competition

James and I are currently in charge of planning the games for the festivals which is altogether a fun job.  James also has the responsibility of coordinating with the groups that come down from the States to help coordinate their involvement in the festivals.  James has really enjoyed the opportunities to speak with, get to know, and pray with local residents attending the festivals.  The festivals give us a chance to deepen bonds with local residents, assess community needs, and of course, reach out to and share our testimony with individuals within the community.

James visiting with local residents of Paraíso

Language Fluency-

James and I are nearing our end date of language school.  Praise the Lord!  We each should only have a few weeks left until we finish our fluency program at Christian Spanish Academy in Antigua.  While we understand the importance of language learning, we are also very ready to be able to devote ourselves fully to ministry.  That being said, we have begun the process of looking for a house or apartment closer to where our ministry is located.  Moving out of Antigua will be a blessing, as houses tend to be cheaper outside of the city, and our drive to work will be shortened greatly.  We are asking for prayers as we search for a safe place to live while we finish school.  Specifically, we would appreciate prayer in either finding a semi-furnished house or apartment, or in locating some used furniture that we could furnish a house with, since we currently do not own any furniture.  We know God is faithful to take care of all of our needs.

Facebook Updates-

We have recently created a Facebook group to be able to post shorter, more regular posts on things we are a part of, and everyday life here in Guatemala.  The group is titled "Carr Family in Guatemala."  Feel free to join the group if you are interested in following our journey as family here in Guatemala!  You can access the group here: Carr Family in Guatemala

Thank you again for taking the time to read and be a part of our ministry in Guatemala.  We always ask for continued prayers as we discern and follow God's will for our lives and do our best to serve Him daily.  We love taking time as a family to pray for our loved ones back home as well; if there's something we can pray for (or praise God for) in your life send us a message or an email!  We miss our friends and family in the States greatly, but are thankful for your support in allowing us to serve God in Guatemala.

In Christ,
The Carr Family

2 Timothy 1:7
"...for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control."

JamesandEllie / Author & Editor

James and Ellie Carr have been missionaries in Gautemala since 2014 and write to share their feelings and how they have experienced God's goodness and mercy on the mission field.


  1. Congrats to the Coordinator(s)!!! And for finishing Language School!!! You've been doing ministry all along, simply by being who you!!! You guys rock!

  2. Way to go, James and Ellie, with your language accomplishments! Sounds like you're doing a great job with team coordinating and leading. What a blessing!


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