Last week, Love Guatemala hosted their first ever Gala Night Fundraiser! The gala was to raise funds for the ministries at Love Guatemala. There was a wonderful dinner, prepared by our very own students from the cooking school. We also had live music brought to us by a group that is located in the area. During the dinner, Ben and Carlos both spoke about the gospel and about Love Guatemala. Ben talked about the vision of giving hope through the gospel and how that should be our goal. Then, Carlos gave us a little background about where Love Guatemala started years ago and then the story of how it slowly grew to be the ministry it is today. The dinner was ended by praying for Love Guatemala and its continued growth, the students that attend there, the families of the students and that we would be able to live out the sermon that was spoken.
After dinner, the students were able to showcase some of the things they have been working on. There was cake for sale made by the cooking school, art pieces from the art school, and pieces of furniture from the carpentry school.
The night ended up having a great turnout with around 300 people attending. We had students, staff, parents of students, and some people who came to support the ministry. Everyone had a great time and it helped Love Guatemala raise funds! We are looking forward to the next time we can have a Gala Night!
Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue; God’s voice is its most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine. — Andrew Murray
We are entering a time of prayer here at Love Guatemala. We know that without prayer Love Guatemala does not exist. Love Guatemala will not continue to function without leaning into the Lord regularly to ask for his help, listen to him and thank him for all he has done.
We can look back at many ways in which the Lord has responded in our times of prayer. We normally set aside 2 different times every year to focus in more on prayer. So as we start a new month we are setting aside some time each day to pray. We are inviting each of you to join us in this time of prayer. Last year we saw the Lord do some amazing things in these times of prayer.
Here are some of the requests we are praying for. You can also share you requests with us as well and we will pray for these requests:
- Students & Staff – For spiritual revival, studies and leadership in our school and community
- Leadership – Ben and Carlos and our Board
- New Life Church – The church that was started earlier this year for continued fruit and growth.
- Financial Provision for Love Guatemala – We are praying for $30,000 to develop property next to us.
Thanks for joining us in prayer! How can we pray for you?
Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:21-22
One of our desire for this year was to begin to sell more of our products that the schools are producing. So this year we are beginning small and we had our first exposition this past weekend where our students and teachers took their product to a local exposition here in Magdalena. We did not sell a ton but some and it was a great experience for our students and staff.
We have another event next month and will continue to sell and teach our students how to sell and promote their products. These experiences help the students learn more about selling and marketing their products and as well it helps our ministry to be able to have some income and support for our schools. See a few pictures below of some of the work they produced. They did a great job and we are proud of everyone!
Our students were also greeting at the entrance of the expo.
One of the pieces from the Carpentry School
Some of the art work displayed.The cooking school students and their cakes that they sold. Another beautiful piece by the carpentry school.
Last Friday, we were able to have a really cool activity with the students! All the students had the theme of “Magdalena”, which each of the different schools in Love Guatemala had to find a way to represent. They had three and a half hours to prepare everything and then present it to the parents, board members, and staff. They had the activity in the morning with the morning classes and afternoon with afternoon classes. Both sets of classes had to make two groups to compete against each other.
The cooking class had to prepare a plate, then the parents, board, and staff were able to taste the food and decide at which place they wanted to eat at. Then all of the people that ate were able to judge the food.
The art students made art pieces that to them represented Magdalena. They also were the ones that decorated the area that their group presented in.
The literary students were the ones that presented everything to the judges and then the English students translated everything for our English speaking judges.
All of the students did a great job and it was fun to have the judges be there for the experience as well! It was also a great time to be able to see how the students were able to represent their town!
Many of you have now seen the horrible devastation that happened not to far from us. We are maybe 15 miles from where Fuego did some horrible destruction. It wiped out a few towns and affected several other. Hundreds were killed and thousands misplaced. We have visited dozens of families in one of the towns (San Juan, Alotenango) closest to the towns that were destroyed. We have cried and prayed with people who have lost as many as 25 family members. The loss is horrific. The pain is incredible.
Although we are not a disaster relief organization, we felt called to be involved in some way. The Friday after the eruption we visited the area along with a few others and discerned how we can help. There were several ways we felt we could help. There were some basic needs were able to meet. But honestly, many of the basic needs were being met such as food, water etc. But one of the biggest needs that was not being met was beds or places for people to sleep. So we thought since we have a carpentry school with equipment and lots of students and staff eager to help let’s see what we can do to make bunk beds. Our friend did a video about this here you can check out.
So far we have made and delivered 10 bunk beds, we also delivered mattresses, blankets, shoes, socks and underwear for about 10 families. We are currently working on another 15 bunk beds and will be doing more. Tomorrow our team will visit and deliver another 10 beds.
We also have been contacted by the ministry of education here in Guatemala. There are several schools that have been affected and destroyed. They have nothing. So yesterday we were able to purchase a bunch of school supplies. On Monday we will deliver them and give them all a Bible and pray with them. Many of them have lost family members, friends and all their material belongings. We are excited about this opportunity!
One of the biggest needs long term is housing for many families. We hope to be able to help with this need as well over the coming months depending on funds and help.
A huge thanks to many of you who have given and been a part of all this. Special thanks to New Life Network and World Compassion Network whom we are partnering with. We will continue to update and send pics. Below are some pics from one of our visits.
This past Tuesday, we had the opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day with the mothers of our students. Mother’s Day in Guatemala was actually on Thursday, but we got to celebrate a little bit early. We were able to decorate our patio outside, set up a stage, and have a lot of different activities.
One of the activities was that some of our students put on a play that showed the beauty of a mother’s prayers. There were no words, only music, but the actions of the students explained everything. The students did a great job and the moms loved the play!
We also had a clown come and play some different games with the moms and students present. Some of those activities included three moms racing to put a diaper on their child (their teenage-aged child) and giving them a bottle and having to blow baby powder out of a bowl until they could see a coin on the bottom. Everyone had a good time and laughed a lot!
In addition to that, we had one of our students, who is a pastor, preach a small sermon. She talked about the importance of our name and our identity in Christ. It was great to be able to share about Jesus with all of the moms, as well as have fun with the other activities.
We are so blessed to be able to have a fun afternoon with our students and their loved mothers!
Every Tuesday and Thursday we have our children’s feeding center. On those days, the children can receive a meal and play games or color. It is such a great time to not only provide the children with a meal and play games, but also to hear the word of God! Right now we have about 25 children and some of the moms come along too. We are so excited for our program to continue growing!!
Some of our kids working on their coloring books.
Teaching our Bible lesson
Sandy, our first student to finish her coloring book!
The reason Love Guatemala exists to help our students succeed. To succeed in their relationships with God and also in their education and dreams. We try to tell these stories when we see our students succeed so you can rejoice with us and know that Love Guatemala works. Students are learning, growing and accomplishing their dreams. Here is one such story. This is the story of Lillian Theresa, who had a dream to have her own bakery and cafe one day. She has worked hard for this and now this dream has become a reality. She graduated from the cooking school a few years ago and began working, selling cakes and saving towards her dream.
Just a few weeks ago we were able to attend the pre-opening dedication and celebration. Below are the pictures of the restaurant that looks beautiful. Please join us in praying for Lillian and her business.
The cakes and pastries she had ready were amazing!
Praying over Lillian and her husband Carlos.