What a joy it is to introduce you to Inn Ministries! You’ll discover that our passion is to provide a place where people just like you can have a life-changing experience with God. We believe God has called us to be a “A Refuge on the Jericho Road.” A place where the Good Samaritan can bring men, women, and children to find peace and love along with healing and restoration, so that one day God looks at them and says “Go and do the same.” (Luke 10:37)
Michael Lewis, the founder of Inn Ministries, came to Guatemala in 1986 and ended up in the small town of San Cristobal. He began by visiting the surrounding villages leaving his house early each day and returning late at night. In 1991 Michael started a small Bible School which gave birth to a fledgling congregation in the town of San Cristobal a year later. Michael had been waiting since 1988 when God gave him a vision for a Bible School, a Local Church and an Academic School. Finally in January of 1996 the school was opened! This marked the beginning of what would become Inn Ministries’ greatest outreach.
Today, twenty years later, we have grown to become one of the highest academic acclaimed schools in our Department (State). This has opened doors to the public school system allowing us to go in and teach the students, teachers, and directors about Christ. It has also opened doors to the homes of so many people in our community giving us the opportunity to help mend broken homes and strengthen family relationships.
To help the lost, broken and hurting find restoration, healing and mercy through the love of Jesus Christ.
“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.
The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
We have a two-pronged approach to reaching the needs in our community.
- We seek to enable the people of Guatemala to become God’s Innkeepers. We do this through long-range programs such as our school, church, public school outreach, and leadership training.
- We also seek to meet the more immediate needs of our community through our food, water, clothing and hospital outreaches.
By meeting both the immediate needs of our community as well as seeking to bring long-term life change to this area we are able to reach a larger portion of our community and share with them the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.