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We are excited to share that God may be opening a door to expand the reach of 18ten in other parts of Central America! Last year, in an effort to identify like-minded, local pastors in Central America, we began discussions with another non-profit named Crossing Cultures International (cciequip.org). They focus on training local pastors throughout the world so that these pastors can more effectively lead and disciple their churches. In September of 2017, Pastor Joe and David Sahl went to meet with this organization in Florida. The meeting proved productive, and they left with a number of contacts in the region. Many of these contacts are native pastors from Central America who are now engaged in the training and discipling of other native pastors in their communities. One such pastor is Karel Golcher of Guatemala.
Karel received both his BA and MA in Theology from the Central American Theological Seminary, and is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has over 15 years of experience as a pastor and church planter, serving in Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, and even a few years at a Spanish-speaking church in Massachusetts.
In September of 2008, Karel, his wife Samanta, and their two children Ludwig and Jimena relocated to Xela (Quetzaltenango), Guatemala, where they planted “Comunidad Cristiana la Roca,” (The Rock Christian Church). They have been serving as missionaries in Guatemala with Spanish World Ministries for the past four years, where their primary role is training Christian leaders through a Bible Institute the couple started in Xela. Currently, the institute trains 20 students from 5 different churches in the region.
Since Pastor Joe first reached out to Pastor Karel, the two have been in contact via email, which has led to an upcoming trip to visit Karel and his ministry at the end of May. Karel seems very interested in the mission of 18ten, and hopes to be able to join with us to meet the needs of disadvantaged children in Guatemala. The main goal of the trip will be to get to know Karel’s current ministry. The next step will be to determine the specific ways that 18ten might be able to partner with Karel’s current church or another church in Guatemala. Please be praying for this upcoming trip and for God to be preparing the right people to be part of what God wants to do through a new ministry in Guatemala.