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On August 22nd we started treating the children needing therapy at a local church in town, just off the main road. It took some time for families to find the new place and settle in to the new routine, but our staff embraced the change from the start. One commented, “We don’t have all the things we do at our clinic in ASELSI, but we’re making use of the space and the things we were able to bring along. It is like working in the communities or serving in missions.”
With the new location come new visitors. Curious church members coming to pray or work wander in to see what the noise and commotion is about in a normally silent and empty space. We’ve used these opportunities to share with them about the work we do and the importance of serving those with disabilities. We hope we’ve showed them the value and purpose of every human life and opened their eyes to new possibilities for those with disabilities.
The roadwork is done, but it will still be a couple months before our team can return to the clinic at ASELSI. The road is closed until November 7th. In the meantime, we will keep serving, loving, and looking for ways to share God’s love and purpose for those with disability, maybe even changing some perceptions in the process.
A coworker suggested the church would be a great location for an open house. We will see if doors open for us to invite other pastors, church members, and others from the community to know about the work we are doing and establish relationships for future trainings and work.
The therapy area at ASELSI is quiet and empty at ASELSI, but continues with energy, excitement and a full house at the church down the street. Where are the other silent and empty places that one day will be filled with the excitement and joy of serving those with disabilities?
Extensions of ASELSI’s Bible Studies are developing in new locations in Cuba, Columbia and Kenya.
Representatives from current Bible study extension centers converged on ASELSI’s Guatemalan campus for training and introduction to the new extension leaders. There were leaders from Guatemala, Venezuela, Mexico and the United States who met with representatives of new Bible Study centers in Cuba, Kenya, and Colombia.
Fourteen representatives participated in the ASELSI conference and then in training classes to get them ready to start new extensions in their areas.
"Getting to know these new leaders and seeing their excitement for using ASELSI’s Bible training materials was thrilling,” recalled ASELSI Director Emanuel Pérez. “At ASELSI we are seeing God open new opportunities in countries like Venezuela, Mexico, and the United States for training and equipping leaders to build stronger churches where pastors build their lives and teachings on God’s Word. I'm excited to work with the leaders God has connected us with across the globe. Please pray for the great possibilities for ASELSI expand in the near future to Cuba, Kenya and Colombia.“
As a ministry, ASELSI works hard to get the Word of God into to the hearts and hands of students across the globe. Currently there are over 330 students studying the Bible with ASELSI at locations across Guatemala plus locations in three countries outside of Guatemala.
Pictured above: Coordinatores from six nations display their flags during training at ASELSI. Students in Venezuela sit with their classmates at two extension centers there.
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