"...great joy which will be to all people."

Luke 2:10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people."

Thursday, September 22, 2016


As with most ministries, we are dependent on charitable giving.  The only way that we are able to be in Guatemala is due to the generous and prayerful support of those who have made a monthly commitment and donations.  This has been such a growing experience for our faith. 

Some of our supporters have extended themselves, month after month.  We are so thankful for you.

Some of our supporters have given one time gifts.  We could not be here without your generosity.

Some of our supporters have given more than they originally committed to.  We are so grateful for you, as well.

Some of our supporters have not been able to continue their support.  Thank you for your generous giving in the past.  We completely understand that life happens and finances change.  We appreciate your vulnerability and honesty.

Please understand that every dollar that is given is appreciated and utilized.  We pray over our finances and monthly budget.  We ask the Lord to make us good stewards and be responsible with the money He has provided.

Our original intent was to stay two years and that anniversary has passed.  Now, as some of you know, we have prayerfully considered staying longer.  This decision does not come lightly.  We have talked with our children, spoken with our family in the states and we have asked our spiritual mentors for wisdom and prayer.  

I believe extending our commitment to work with Mil Casas - The Project will help the ministry continue on towards the goal of building 1000 homes in villages in the Sacatepequez region of Guatemala.  My role in this ministry is to foster relationships with families in our surrounding villages of Pastores and Santa Maria de Jesus.  It is a privilege and joy to meet with families before and after their home builds.  As a team, we assess the level of need each family has, assign homes to short term mission teams to construct, and share the Gospel message.  Hearts are being changed; God's Word is being heard and God's love is being exposed.

We have met with other volunteers in our area who raise support and we believe our budget is accurate for our area.  We've spent the past two months adjusting our needs and now we have a new budget for our family of eight.  If you would like to see our budget, please let us know and we would be glad to share it with you.

So this is where we humbly ask for your help.  We need those of you who are giving to continue.  We need those of you who gave in the past, to consider making a monthly commitment at $10, $25, $50, $100 or any amount the Lord puts on your heart.  Finally, we need you to share your excitement for being involved in this ministry with others.  If you know of someone who might be interested in partnering with us, please let us know.

Please consider making a monthly commitment of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more at

Take a few minutes to watch one of the videos in the sidebar.  They will give you a little insight to what the Lord is doing through this ministry.  Also, visit our Facebook page, write us an email or private message.  We would love to hear from you and pray with you.

Thank you for your support and encouragement over the past two years.  

In His Service,
Jack, Susie, Sophie, Annabelle, Ava Mae, Pearl, Joseph and Jude

John 15: 12-15  

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

Friday, September 9, 2016

What can your family do in Guatemala?

Have you ever had the desire to serve?  Maybe you think you're too young or old.  Maybe you don't know much about construction.  That is not important.  What is important is your desire to share the love of Christ.

Team Rhodes consisted of a family of four (Marty, Mandy, Eli, and Julie), Maddie, Mr. Tom and Ms. Traci.  All different ages, all different backgrounds.  This team, made of 7 unique individuals, built a house, delivered water filters, built a customized wheelchair, fed over 400 children, worked at a special needs hospital and much more! 

Thank you, Maddie, for taking this video.  We do this weekly and it never gets old.  It's such a privilege to volunteer in Guatemala.  Not a day goes by that we don't thank God for our financial supporters and prayer warriors.  We absolutely could not serve here without you.  

If you are interested in helping with the Mil Casas Project, please send us a message at townsendguat@gmail.com.