Our Journey…

New Beginnings

Chris and I are so excited that our move to Guatemala is only days away. We are incredibly humbled to be writing about being called to join the Lord in all He is doing at Hope of Life International!

Despite the trials and difficulties we have faced this past year, God has taught us so much about how He works out His perfect plan in each of our lives. In just a few short months we have gone from the deepest valley to the highest mountain top! We are seeing the Lord work out His promises from Romans 8:28:

 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”

He has amazed us and continues to show us that His faithfulness goes beyond all we could ever hope to imagine!

In 2010, we walked down the dusty road of Hope of Life village for the very first time. We encountered poverty like we had never seen before. Our hearts broke for these children and we were filled with love and compassion. We are so grateful for how God has used this experience in our life and how He has shown us His love through these precious people.

We went to Guatemala expecting to change their lives but the irony is that they have done more for us than we could have ever done for them! The Lord has continued to draw our hearts to Guatemala. He has called us to go there and serve Him full time.

When the Mount Comfort Guatemala Mission was formed, we claimed Ephesians 3:20-21

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”

We prayed that He would exceed all our expectations and use this ministry in ways we could not have dreamed. He never disappoints! We could not have imagined all He would do through this mission and the many people that support its purpose! We could have never imagined that one day He would ask us to move to live and serve with our family and friends in Guatemala.

As we prepare, pack our bags and anticipate all the goodbyes, I am overwhelmed with so many emotions: Joy, fear, excitement, sadness, a sense of loss and of great gain! I know that God has prepared the way for us! I know we will see great works, not just in Guatemala but right here in the lives of those we love and will be leaving behind. God has shown us exactly where He wants us to be and we want to be exactly where He has called us.

Though this is a very emotional time for us, I must say that mostly we feel grateful! We are grateful to God that he has a plan for our lives. He gives us all a great purpose that is so much beyond all we could have dreamed or imagined. We are grateful that even though the road ahead is a mystery and sometimes scary, He gives us the peace that surpasses all understanding. We are so grateful that He has gone before us to provide for us and make a way! We are overwhelmed by His faithfulness, trustworthiness and love! We are grateful for all of you that have answered His call to support this ministry through your faithful giving, prayers and encouragement! We look forward to continuing to share with you through our journey and all that God is doing in our lives and the lives of those He has called us to serve! Please continue to follow us on our journey and may God bless you all in 2017!

Philippians 1:20 “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body.”

P.S. We have a mission trip coming up in June 2017. If you would like more information, please check out our mission trips page and message us through our contact page.

12 thoughts on “Our Journey…

  1. I am so proud of you both and know that God has amazing plans for you to grow HIS kingdom in Guatemala. Love you both so much and can’t wait to come and visit in June.

  2. We are so excited for how God has transformed both of your lives to where you are now. Cant wait to see what He is going to do in your lives and the people of Guatemala. Love you both. We are praying and can’t wait for all the updates!

  3. Paula and Chris, I am so amazed at what you are doing and what God is doing. I am praying for safety, health, provision, and joy for you and each life you will touch.

  4. Chris……I think I told you this before, but in my Sr. Sunday School class there is a women, Hazel stahlnaker and her husband, Andy, who go to Guatemala at least 3 times, or more each year. They absolutely loooooove the people and children in Guatemala. Hazel said she and her husband would love to live there with them. She has our class pray for Guatemala every Sunday. They are the sweetest people you’d ever want to know.
    Maybe one day you and your wife may cross paths with them there.
    Love you…….Evelyn Longfellow. 1-15-17. Sunday.

  5. I am very proud to follow…

    In 2011 I was only 1 yrs old in Jesus. I was going through incredible growing pains as I studied the Bible and discovered all the places I had sinned/gone wrong in my previous years. Things like selfishness, lust, greed, pride, rudeness and worrying were some of the things that The Holy Spirit was bringing me out of, but in mid to late 2011 I was discovering how useless, worthless and hopeless I was without Jesus. Kevin Klous and I were talking a lot on the phone during those months and between he and his mother Paula, they had invited me to come with them on a missions trip to Guatemala to a place called Hope of Life. Well, I had always wanted to do something like that so of course I wanted to go, but I did not feel worthy enough because of my past to go on such a wonderful excursion. Kevin ended up getting me over my inward apprehension by explaining that someone who thinks they have an answer or are part of the solution for the poor in Guatemala are not the ones necessary for a trip like this. Cecil, your hands are open now because you realize that Jesus is the gift you bring to the Guatemalans, not yourself. This understanding of the Gospel helped and healed me greatly as I then began to comprehend how valuable Jesus is and that He wants to use us for purposes like what Chris and Paula are doing.
    So in June of 2012 I took my first trip with the My Comfort group and I was blown away by love. Jesus was written on every minute of spending time with Chris and Paula McNutt, the Group and the Guatemalans. I remember feeling helplessly in care for each Hope of Life individual that I met that week. It was instant beauty every morning to awake in such a place, around people who love so much and in the feeling of true purposeness in life. I not only felt like I was being used by God , I knew it, as there were all kinds of tears for me that week. Tears of sadness, peace, compassion and joy. My comprehension of the Gospel grew rapidly as I served along side other believers in Guatemala.
    There’s so much more to say, but I’ll take a break for now.
    Thank you Chris and Paula for being faithful, Cecil

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