On September 24th we were able to place the remains of Blanche Harkinson in the cemetery with her parents in North Haven, Maine. It took some time to trace the location of her parents and to make the arrangements with the local cemetery committee. The final step will be placing a stone provided by the Veterans administration. We are thankful for the many years that Blanche served the Lord with H.O.P.E. Bible Mission. She has been with the Lord for several years now and we are thankful that we have been able to show this final act of respect to her memory. We will continue to honor her memory as we serve the Lord in fulfilling the mission that God has given to H.O.P.E. Bible Mission in the rural areas of Guatemala.
1 Peter 4:10-11
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
To our Partners in the Ministry,
We often share with you about the partnership that we have with our brothers and sister in the Ixil triangle of Guatemala. We have told you about the pastors who are diligently studying the Word of God to lead their churches and share Christ with their communities. We have shared with you about the teachers who are faithfully studying and teaching in the schools to provide a quality character forming education for our young learners. And we have shared about the medical volunteers who faithfully improve their skills and use that knowledge by caring for others.
Each of these CoWorkers is a blessing. And yet there are others who do not tend to get as much attention. Those who quietly serve behind the scenes. One of those was our dear sister Anna. Anna has touched the life of almost every one of our team members. She was instrumental in every team that we took to the Chel community. Without her the projects would have been more difficult. Anna, along with her daughters was the dear sister who prepared our food and took care of our housing. She used her gifts to serve. And now the Lord has taken her home.
Every short term missions team member that I have spoken to speaks fondly of the time that they had with Anna. She was a wonderful cook. She kept a tidy home. She loved the Lord deeply and glorified him by serving others. We have been blessed by the service of Anna. She is and will be missed. And we praise God that our dear sister is with Him in Glory. Please pray for the family of Anna.
The HBM Team
Anna's Family and some members of the HBM team