About two years ago, Favian was severely depressed. Vicente, his friend heard about the clinic in Lemoa so he brought Favian to see if there was help available. Since that consult, many lives have been altered and the story continues to be written, as you read this today.
Before Favian visited the clinic in Lemoa, his life was the extreme of highs and lows. He associated with and was well known in several of the evangelical churches called, Principal de Paz. He had purchased expensive instruments for worship and when the bills came due, this is when things started coming down.
Favian sold his land, left his family and traveled to The States to find enough money to pay his debts. During the time in The States, his wife and children left him. He eventually returned to Guatemala but his previous circle of friends did not welcome him. He found he had nothing left. He had hit the bottom.
His situation overwhelmed him and he could not eat or sleep. He was barely surviving. At Clinica Caris, he had a consult with Dr. Lisa and then met with Gaspar Chan, who is the evangelist in the Chichicastenango area for Health Talents. Gaspar talked and prayed with Favian and made plans to visit him in Chicabracan.
Gaspar visited Favian from 9am to 6pm, for three consecutive Wednesdays. After the third visit, Favian decided to become a Christian and to be baptized. He wanted to let the past struggles disappear and make a fresh start. While all of this was transforming, the instruments that Favian had purchased were stolen…….Favian’s response to this was, “They were stolen because at that time, I was not doing God’s will. Because of that, God has allowed them to be taken.”
Favian was baptized in Lake Atitlan. He and Gaspar continued to have a close relationship and have planted a Church of Christ in Chicabracan. They continue to study with people and look to the Bible for the answers. Currently, there are twenty-two baptized members, with 14 children also attending the worship services.
Another lady in the community, is Marta, who also was associated with the Principal de Paz. She and her husband had alcohol problems so the community went to the authorities over what was happening in their home. Their two children were removed due to violence and were placed in an orphanage.
Marta was a self-proclaimed prophetess in the community, so Favian went to talk with her. He told her that what she was claiming, was not God’s Will and could not be found in the Bible. They studied the scriptures together and about three weeks ago, she was baptized. She stopped drinking, presented her baptism certificate to the authorities and now has her children back home with her. She and her husband continue with their temporary separation.
In Febuary of 2018, Favian is moving to Guatemala City to attend BICA. BICA is a Bible Institute and he plans to study there for two years.
He and Gaspar still have plans in the future to meet and continue to spread the gospel is Chicabracan.
When talking to Gaspar, you know that he loves the work that he does. He has been working in the area of Chichicastenango since 2006. He was the first health care promoter with Health Talents, working with Kemmel and Lisa Dunham. He now spends the majority of his time evangelizing and visiting people in their homes. He often councils couples who are having marital problems. When asked how many people he has baptized during these last four years, he could roughly name forty but there is no way to number the lives that he has impacted with his Christian example.
Below, Juana, Gaspar's wife gives encouragement to Marta's two children.