This past Friday the staff, led by Yeison, did a special themed devotional for the students! The theme was happiness and the goal was to show the students the true happiness you find with Jesus.
Each member of the staff and many students dressed up in a wacky outfit to spread joy. Many of the teachers made different videos, there were songs sung, and what God’s word says was shared. The students were very excited to be able to hear the devotional and come together with their teachers online.
It is such an amazing thing to be able to share the Gospel with our students. Even now, in this time in quarantine where it can be easy to become disconnected, God has blessed us so much with opportunities to connect to our students and community.
All of our teachers are doing an extraordinary job with not only their classes, but really staying on top of keeping connected with their students. One teacher that is doing a wonderful job is our primary and basicos teacher, Leyli! She has always done a good job of keeping learning interesting, and this time doing online classes is no exception.
She does a great job staying organized in a time that it is easy to get distracted while working from home. Each week she sends in her schedule with everything that she will be working on. That includes time with each class, meetings, and devotionals.
Leyli has also been making it a point of reaching out not only to her students that have not been doing a great job in their work, but also the students that have not been able to attend regularly.
We are very proud of Leyli and her work during this time of online classes. We are excited to see how she continues to work with her students and also how she will continue to motivate them to keep moving forward!
The Love Guatemala staff has been working hard in this time working from home. The teachers as usual have been doing a great job with their students. There is also a group of staff that has formed especially for COVID-19 to plan for the transition back to school, to check on all the students, and to encourage the staff and students!
The staff in the office is also doing an amazing job. Each week the administration have a meeting to pray for each other as well as talk about what they are working on. This ranges from making sure that food is in order for the bags that are sent out to families, to meetings with people from the board of education.
It has been amazing to see how everyone has come together to keep Love Guatemala moving along as things are constantly changing around us. We are thankful for everyone working hard during this time and we know that God will get us through this hard time.
Here is one of our teachers (Noemi) on a call with some of her students.
Here is a devotional that Carlos gave and sent to the students: https://youtu.be/H7Ss_uFMfIY
Thanks for your prayers and support of our amazing team! You can support them here: www.loveguatemala.org/give
This past week our students were in their semester final exams! They all did a wonderful job and they proved that with hard work, they can succeed even in these strange circumstances.
Depending on the exam, some students sent in paper exams and others sent in videos. Each exam was graded based on the requirements for the class and it was about what they have been learning during this semester. This week the students will receive their grades for what they have turned in. The students are anxious to see how they did!
Please continue to pray with us for our students. We pray that they stay encouraged as they continue to learn and that they and their families stay safe!
This past Friday we were able to visit our feeding center families again! Each time that we are able to see them it brings us new joy. We have kids from not only Magdalena. but from the surrounding towns as well. The kids faces are so happy to see people from Love Guatemala coming to visit them, and they are so excited as well that their family will have food provided for the next couple weeks. As the virus spreads in Guatemala, their continues to be families left without resources. Being able to provide food to the families of our sweet kids makes us so happy and we feel so blessed to have the opportunity. Even more so, we love being able to share the hope we have in Jesus.
As the number of cases rise in Magdalena, we pray for our town. We pray for all of our staff and students. We pray for our feeding center kids and their families. We are praying that everyone stays healthy, but we are also praying that everyone would feel at peace in this scary time, knowing that God is in control.
This time is very difficult, but God is blessing us and allowing us to bless others. There are many people in severe need in our community of Magdalena and the surrounding communities. The closure of so many businesses and jobs have affected families in a major way.There are many people who do not have enough food to eat each day. But God has blessed us hugely. Through money donated during the quarantine, Love Guatemala, with pastors and ministries from surrounding areas have been able to give out bags of food to the people who are in need.
Over 500 bags of food have been given out during Guatemala’s time in quarantine. This means that over 50,000 meals have been provided! Isn’t God amazing! We feel honored to be able to deliver these meals and spread the Gospel as we go. Thank you to the people who have donated to provide bags of food and spread the word of God to the people of Magdalena!
We are so excited to be able to continue staying in communication with our feeding center kids! A couple of weeks ago we were able to visit some of the kids that were with us each week. Many of the families are not able to work in this time and are struggling. It was such a privilege to be able to bring them bags of food to try to help them.
Also in our visits with the kids, we were able to weigh them to make sure that they are continuing to grow in this time when they are not able to visit the feeding center twice a week like before.
The most important thing, though, was being able to ask the families how we could pray for them and spend a time in prayer together. With everything going on, it can be easy to feel scared or without hope, but it was such a blessing to remind the families and ourselves that God is in control and He is taking care of us.
We can’t wait for the next time we are able to visit!
The restrictions continue to increase here in Guatemala as time goes on. As you may know, this last weekend the president required small stores only to be open from 8-11 AM and no vehicle use. Now this weekend, the rules have become even more strict. This weekend, nothing will be allowed open and no one is allowed out of their house until Monday morning. This will be a challenge for many as there are a lot of people here that buy what they need each day.
As a ministry we are praying for this country as so many people are struggling. We feel grateful that God has allowed us to continue on during this difficult time to continue to reach as many people as possible. As we have mentioned before, we are very grateful for technology in this time especially because we are able to keep in touch with the students as well as spread the Gospel through the broadcasted church services. We ask that you pray with us for the staff and students of Love Guatemala, and the people of Guatemala.
The numbers have continued to rise here in Guatemala as the virus spreads to different towns across the country. As that happens, the president continues to make the rules more and more strict. This weekend he ordered almost a 24 hour home quarantine. People are only allowed to leave their homes from 8-11 AM and only for essential things. They also are not allowed to leave in vehicles and are required to wear their mask. It can feel like a scary time, but we do not need to fear because God is also doing big things in the midst of all of this.
One thing is that we are so excited to announce that the Matching Gift Campaign raised over $24,000 for Love Guatemala! We feel so blessed to be able to receive funds that help Love Guatemala continue to work with students, work with members of the community, spread the Gospel, and change lives.
Another thing that is a huge blessing is the fact that the number of people that watch the live broadcasts of the students and staff devotionals and the church services is continuing to grow. We see people who may not normally attend taking time to watch the services and we know that through that, God is changing lives.
Our students are also constantly amazing us with how well they are doing. The teachers are continuing to work with them and they are doing a great job with all their work. Even though the transition back to the classroom (whenever that may be) may be challenging, we are confident our students will jump back in and thrive!
We are grateful for your continued prayers in this time!
With ever changing circumstances, we are so proud of the way our teachers, staff, and students are doing with classes from home. Each day, as we receive updates we are amazed at the motivation we see from everyone. Many students have sent in videos and photos to show what they have been working on. We get everything from paintings, to woodworking projects, to decorated cakes. We enjoy seeing their perseverance during this time of unknowns.
Love Guatemala is also doing their best to help the community in this season of crisis. The ministry has partnered with another local ministry run by Chris Steed to provide relief to the families that have been left with nothing. With many work opportunities being shut down, many people have been left without a way to provide for their families. Every two weeks, food is bought to be put in bags and help the people who need it. You can check it out here!
Another exciting thing is the Matching Gift Opportunity! This means that every dollar you give, it will be matched. Each donation doubles the impact for the ministry! This is the second week, and there is still more to be raised to reach the goal of $16,000. With that money, the students will continue receiving classes, kids will continue to be fed in the feeding center, and the community will continue to hear the good news about Jesus! You can help reach the goal by donating here!