A team of 17 from Providence Christian Academy in Tennessee, came to serve at ASELSI in March.

The students and team leaders connected with Visión de Gracias--a church in Chicua I about 30 minutes outside of central Chichicastenango. They participated in a church service there and began connecting with members of this church that is led by one of ASELSI’s Bible school teachers and where ASELSI is helping to start a new clinic to reach out to this community.

Together with representatives from ASELSI, the team visited the children’s, men’s and women’s wards at the national hospital where they prayed and encouraged the patients there.

On the ASELSI campus, the team separated into four parts to spend time getting to know the vision and departments at ASELSI as well as work on light construction projects.

On Tuesday and Wednesday of their visit, the team loaded up in a chicken bus for an interactive day at the church in Chicua I where they joined the local youth group in fun activities and opportunities to get to know more of the local culture and time to sit around bonfires and share as well as hear about challenges facing local teens.

After spending the night at the Visión de Gracias church, the team members joined up with a local group there to minister in an elementary school. There they held set up six stations for a craft, songs, Bible Stories, Physical Education, a clown, and prayer. The students passed through these stations and enjoyed the activities. At lunch, the team joined the school teachers for an interactive lunch.

In the afternoon, the Providence team returned to ASELSI to help with projects and get some rest.

On Thursday, the team worked on projects at the church in Chicua I to help prepare a space for the clinic that will be established there in the near future.

The team played a rousing game of soccer with the ASELSI staff to finish off their time in Chichicastenango.

Teams like this one from Providence Christian Academy help make it possible for ASELSI to extend outreaches into area communities and inspire local churches with ideas of how they can reach out as well.