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I was born prematurely and my father abandoned my mother and I because he saw that I wasn’t normal.

My mommy worked hard to care for me and she brought me to ASELSI where I get physical therapy.

At one point my mother was very depressed because we didn’t have money to survive and we were completely alone.

We came to a medical appointment that changed our lives. At the appointment the clinic staff prayed for us. My mommy was so depressed at that point that she was ready to abandon me, but after being encouraged at ASELSI she left with the desire to keep going, and she did.

Now, I am improving and I am studying at a public school with my mom at my side to help me. I now have the best grades in my school!

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Domingo Ajanel stepped into eternity with his Lord and Savior after a lengthy battle with and complications from diabetes on October 10.

Even while in ailing health and unable to see, Domingo never stopped bringing people closer to Christ. On October 10, Domingo invited friends over to his home where the joined him singing praises to his Lord Jesus Christ. After the service, he rested on his bed and woke up with Christ.

He was 48 years old and is survived by his wife and their seven children ages 12 to 24.  He will be deeply missed. Please pray for his family as they mourn his loss and carry on his legacy.

Domingo was one of the early graduates from ASELSI’s extension program graduating with the first class in Nebaj in 1998. He continued training through all four levels of ASELSI’s Bible education program and was the first to graduate from ASELSI’s bridge program with an accredited degree from Mariano Gálvez University.

He served as the regional coordinator for ASELSI’s extension training program in the Ixil Triangle and was a key promoter of expanding ASELSI’s programs in the Nebaj region. Domingo left a legacy in Nebaj as an example of a father, student, teacher, friend, and pastor to the 11 churches he supervised in the region, the dozens of students under his care, and the many people he inspired to study and live God’s Word.

During his funeral the street was filled with people who came to honor and remember his life and legacy.

According to long-time friend and co-worker in the ministry Dr. Mike McComb, the funeral was well attended with representatives from many churches, the community and people who knew Domingo.

“There was sadness for the family,” McComb said, “But it was a celebration of a life well lived for the Lord.”  

Domingo’s legacy of Bible training among the Ixil people will not end, but those he trained up will continue training others.

II Timothy 2:2 “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”

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 ASELSI has been ministering and training leaders like Domingo in the Guatemalan Highlands and across the Americas since the late 1990s. To find out more of this work, click here.

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The Fenton Medical team has gone out of their way to make a difference...thousands of miles and an extra five hours out of their way.

This team of 19 medical personnel arrived in Guatemala and headed out to the distant village of El Pinal with much of the staff from the ASELSI clinic and with support staff of translators, cooks and more!

Thanks to the preparations of the ASELSI team leaders and staff, the team was able to plug in with community leaders and setup a temporary clinic in an available building. Then the patients started showing up!

If the sheer number of patients this team cared for is any indication, the need for basic medical care in this region is great. The doctors and medical staff saw over 310 patients in the medical clinic and 70 eye patients in the eye clinic on Wednesday and nearly 200 more patients on Thursday.

Not only did this team care for the physical needs that are abundant in this community, but they are teamed up with a local church to pray for and share Christ with the patients as well. 

Please pray that these patients will be healed in heart and soul and connect with Christ through this outreach.

Thanks Fenton Medical Team for going out of your way to make a difference here in Guatemala.


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The Relevant Conference is coming to ASELSI.
On October 20, 2018, hundreds of young leaders will band together for ten hours of challenges, learning, growing, sharing and inspiring about discipling a new generation of leaders in Guatemala.

Chulumal I, Chichicastenango, Quiché

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