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Rev. Kelly Jo Clark, Union Congregational Church (Crested Butte, Colorado)

THANK YOU so much for an amazing trip, Porch de Salomon!!!  I’ve done a lot of these types of trips and you and your crew are “above and beyond” in the experience you offer.  My whole group was very impressed (and they are a tough crowd!) with the work we did, with your staff, with the immersion into Guatemalan life, with the accommodations and food, etc.  Everything was truly top-notch!  Please pass these praises off to your staff!
 

By |December 11th, 2014|Categories: Front Page||0 Comments

Jeff Sumner testimony (Olive Branch Church, IN)

Recently, a group from the church I serve went to Porch de Salomon for the purpose of working together for the people in and around Panajachel. This is the first of this kind of trip I have taken. Naturally, I went into this trip with all kinds of assumptions and expectations.
One moment especially memorable happened while our team assisted a family by building them a home. One of our team members, a fifteen-year-old young lady, enjoyed playing with the children of the family we were assisting. She was looking at one child, while another child sat on her lap. The child sitting on her lap spontaneously reached up and kissed her on her cheek. The sight of this kind of love and connection brought tears to my eyes. It was a reminder to me of the importance of leaving my comfort zone to see that relationships can take place in spite of the challenges of cultural barriers.

Another important moment happened through a conversation with two gentlemen on the terrace of Porch de Salomon. We discussed the activities of the week and the different approach taken by the ministry of the Porch. I would define the Porch’s approach as highly relational. While the model of ministry can be a little messy because of it’s relational nature, it reminds me of our Lord’s command to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19a, NIV). I am also reminded of our Lord’s example as He went from town to town, walking the countryside with the intention of meeting needs through loving service. Christ was so focused on reaching those in need, it was said, “Here is glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and […]

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