On Friday we had our annual graduation ceremony! All of the staff worked extremely hard to set up all of the decorations and stage. Unfortunately the rain did not hold off for long. Just as the band started to play, there was a downpour and the main tent had holes that were not previously noticed. But, God is good, because all of the graduating students were able to walk in the ceremony with their loved ones before the rain had started. They each got their photo taken walking in and will forever remember that beautiful moment with their loved ones.
The rest of the ceremony was held inside the Love Guatemala building. Although not exactly the plan, the remainder of the graduation was still beautiful. The students were able to be surrounded by their projects and artwork as their name was called to receive their diploma, handed to them by the family member that accompanied them. Although the rain wasn’t in our plan, God had it all worked out and it turned into a beautiful ceremony that the students, family members, and staff will never forget.
Thank you to the people that helped make this graduation ceremony possible!
This week we have final exams! We are about to finish our school year and the students are making their final projects with their own creativity. It is very exciting for us to see the work of the students in all the different classes.
This year has been a great blessing to everyone in Love Guatemala. There is no doubt that God has always been present. The students have learned a lot; we can see it in their work. Each of them has their unique skills and talents.
This year we could see changes in the students and it was evident in a devotional we had a few months ago. Each class presented its devotional about the book of Colossians. During the devotional, some of the students gave their own lives as testimony and example. Seeing the students in front talking about the word of God and saying what God does for each of them is something that fills us with joy and emotion. We are so happy to be able to see how the students started off the year and now to the last week. The change is amazing and we are so grateful. Glory be to God!
Those of you who have been to Love Guatemala probably recognize this young man Julio. He has been around for several years. This year has been especially special as Julio gave his life to Jesus and got baptized. He will also be finishing his elementary school and moving on to middle school. Listen as he tells a little bit of his story below in his own words. Thanks for helping change lives like that of Julio!
“I want to tell you that I accepted Jesus Christ in my life. Now I know that thanks to Jesus Christ I am the person I am now. I participate in the church and it fills me with much joy.In school, thanks to God, I am going to finish my elementary school. Now I am very happy because I already have a phone that a friend from Colombia gave it to me. I am also excited because thank God I already have my new tooth. I have been without my front tooth for a long time, because I fell and broke it years ago. Being without the tooth has been very difficult for me because I did not like to laugh, but thank God in Love Guatemala they took me to a dentist and they gave me the treatment to have a new tooth. I am very happy! Thank you very much.”
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The other day we celebrated Children’s Day!
Even though there was a downpour of rain, the children still loved the celebration. The feeding center area was filled with decorations and balloons, and our literacy program teacher, Leyli, came to play games with all of the kids. The children were all so excited to play charades and compete in races. It was very cold, but with all of the fun and activity, the kids didn’t seem to mind at all. After their games, the children received their lunch and a little gift bag with candies and a toy to celebrate the occasion. The kids all had a great time, and some stayed longer to play with the balloons even after the activity was over. It was so great to see their smiles and be able to celebrate their day!
In Guatemala last week, it was a time of celebrating independence. In Love Guatemala this September 12, we had our cultural celebration where all our students participated in dances, poems, plays, etc. It was very nice to see the students excited and willing to participate in our activity. Seeing them motivated and feeling proud of being Guatemalan motivates us to continue doing activities like these.
We also had the participation of the candidates for Miss Love Guatemala. Each school had its own candidate and each candidate spent a lot of time preparing. Each presentation was wonderful and did a great job representing Guatemala. It is very exciting to see the progress of each student and how they are breaking their shyness more and more.
More and more students are involved in different participations, and that fills us with joy. Glory and Honor be to God
Being a part of a short term mission trip is a life changing experience.
Mission trips don’t just help people in the community that need it. It’s true that they do help people, but more than that, you will see God work in ways that you’ve never seen before. He will help you see things in a whole new perspective. He will give you the opportunity to be part of a community with your other team members. And He will help you grow closer to Him.
We have been blessed to have had teams here this year. We love being able to see team members interact with the students, the kids, and the members of the community. It is wonderful because even though most teams don’t speak Spanish, they are still able to connect and show love to the people here.
If you would like to be part of a mission team, you can get in touch with us and we will send you information on teams traveling from your area! We would love to connect with you and tell you more about what a trip looks like. Consider being part of a team, because being part of a short term mission trip is truly a
life changing experience.
You can check out more about what it is like to come on a short term mission trip by watching our newest video!
Love Guatemala is in Mission Peten. 520.6 kilometers, 12 hours one way traveling by bus.
We are very grateful to our God for the opportunity he is giving us to have a team leave Love Guatemala and to go to another part of the country to work and talk about the love of our God. This week they are on a mission trip in Peten, a beautiful part of Guatemala that is very withdrawn from us. But that is not an impediment for God, because God put in our hearts the desire to work elsewhere and share the different talents that God has given us. He blessed us with the funds to go because everyone worked hard in different activities to be able to have the necessary economic funds. The process to raise money was a pleasant and new experience for everyone.
Each member has their work plan with different activities. We are very excited about what the team is going to do in Peten.
We have a plan and projects, but we know that God has control. Everyone is all very excited to meet and share. We pray and ask God to be the one who guides the path.
The mission is to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray that the great love of our God can be shown. Glory and Honor to God.
On Monday, July 29, we finished studying the book of Colossians. It was a very special morning because the devotional was given by the students of Love Guatemala. Each classroom presented a summary, and also what they learned when studying Colossians.
It was a great blessing to see the students in front talking about the word of God. We are very happy to know that God is making changes in the lives of our students. God is showing us his love more and more. Some of the students are very shy and quiet, but for the devotional, we were surprised because they came forward to talk about what God is doing in their lives and the changes they are making to please Him. Glory and honor be to God.
The work on the construction is moving along and it is beautiful to see the progress that has been made over this short course of time!
As of right now, the construction of the dome over the top of the multipurpose area has begun. The walls are being built up, with spaces for windows along the top and soon the dome will be able to be put over the top of it.
The stairs that combine the two properties have been built and look great! With the addition of the stairs it is really starting to come together and it makes it feel more like one property instead of two.
At this point, we are still short about six thousand dollars. Once that money is raised, the dome and the multipurpose area will be able to be completed! If you would like to give, to help with this project, you can go to loveguatemala.org/give (mark as expansion project) or send a check to the physical address which is 4201 E. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46201. We are so excited and hopeful for this next step in the construction. God is faithful and we know He will help provide the money needed! Thank you so much for your continued support and prayers!
A couple weeks ago we were so blessed to have had Bridge church here with us! They did a lot of different projects here and we loved seeing them connect with everyone.
The team worked hard on the land next store with the construction. They moved mounds of dirt to fill in holes by the walls as well as moved piles of gravel from one place to another. After that, they moved blocks so that the wall that leads to the new stairs could begin.
They were able to build two chicken coops and two bunk beds that were a huge blessing. They also bought chickens so that they could bring them to two families. The families now will be able to have a source of income as they take care of the chickens and sell them when they get big enough. And two more families were blessed with more places to sleep. The team had a great time being able to deliver them to families as well!
Another cool thing that the team was able to do was teach in the cooking and art school. Part of the team stayed in the cooking school to teach them how to make a chicken tortilla soup and two different cobblers as dessert. The cooking students loved being able to learn new recipes that they can use!
The other part of the group worked with the art school students. They had them draw and paint a picture of a Bible verse or story that they like and then explain why they picked that passage. The paintings turned out beautifully and now the students will have a way to share about the Bible by talking about their paintings!
Towards the end of the trip, they got to spend time with the kids from the feeding center. They served them their meal, played games, and broke a piñata with them. The kids loved being around the team and playing with them!
We are so thankful to have had them come here and serve!
To see more of what the team did on their trip to Love Guatemala, you can check out their team video here!