The Beisswengers—Philip, Bacilia and their children are PCUSA mission workers in Guatemala. The Presbytery of S. AL where I am has just signed a partnership covenant with the Q’eqchi’Chisec Presbytery; this is Philip’s blog post about it.

The Rooster Crows in Guatemala

A covenant agreement was ratified on Nov. 16 by the Presbytery of South Alabama and the Qéqchi’ Chiséc Presbytery (Presbiterio Q’eqchi’ Chisec, or PQC). The five-year covenant includes commitments to pray for, learn about, and respect each other; to collaborate in church and community development, to exchange visits; and to worship and fellowship together. The event took place at the Canaan Presbyterian Church during the plenary session of the PQC on Nov. 16. An afternoon of dialogue preceded the service, with sharing of ideas about addressing needs such as more pastoral training, better access to clean water, and ministries with youth and children.

The service already had featured eleven baptisms, the wedding of two couples, and the installation of youth officers (see photo). A small team from PSA came for the event—Executive Presbyter Samford Turner, Partnership Moderator Dan McLeave, and Partnership Committee Member Valerie Harden. Excitement surged through…

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