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Volcano Relief Efforts

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.

Posted in Blog, bunkbeds, carpentry school, faith, volcanofuego, volcanorelief

Mother’s Day

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!

Posted in Blog, mothers day

Field Day

Last week we had a field day with our students and staff! The activity day was to raise money for our upcoming Mother’s Day celebration. People sold food and drinks there to help with the fund. All of the teams that participated went through obstacles including crawling through mud, running a “marathon” and going from one tree to another by walking on a rope. After completing each obstacle, the teams received a part of a Bible verse. When they completed all the obstacles, they had to put together the verse correctly to win. The Bible verse that they had to complete was 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Everyone had a good time with the obstacles and it was great to see everyone working together to get through it!! After the obstacles we also had soccer games. There were eight teams who played. We had four girls teams and four boys teams. It was great for everyone to cheer on their teams and celebrate every goal! We are so happy to be able to have a fun day with all of our students and staff!

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Medical Trip

This last Friday we had an awesome opportunity to have a group from Indiana and Ohio here with us. They came here to do a medical trip for the people in the area. In total, we were able to have 193 patients! Each person to come would get their information written down, then get their vitals taken by one of the nurses, pass through to see a doctor, and finally go to have someone pray for them. The people were able to choose to see a gynecologist, general practice doctor, dentist, or ophthalmologist. The patients were able to be assessed by the doctor as well as given any medications needed, thanks to the “pharmacy” that the team set up. While some of the team worked with the patients, others played games with the children who came. We also had the chance to have some of our English students translate for the team members. It was such a blessing to see so many patients!

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Children’s Feeding Center

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!

Posted in Blog, Feeding Center, givehope, Uncategorized

Another Success Story

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.

 

Congratulations Lillian!

Posted in Baking School, Blog, faith, givehope, goals

Weekly Chapels

This year we have started a new initiative to help our students to continue to grow spiritually. We have started a weekly chapel with them. Last year we only did it about once per month but this year we have decided to meet weekly and have a time of worship and word. We are learning about and studying the book of 1 John together.

 Please pray with us for our students and staff as we study 1 Juan that we will be changed and learn about complete joy that comes through being connected to the Father through Jesus.

We are excited to see how the Lord uses these chapels in 2018 to draw each of us closer to him.

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7

Posted in Blog, faith, givehope, goals

Another Life Changed…Julio

Cindy and Tom Denome have visited several times and are faithful supporters of Love Guatemala. Check out Cindy’s blog post below of a young man named Julio who’s life has been changed. Thanks Cindy for sharing!


I have made four trips to Love Guatemala.  The first was in February of 2015.  Upon returning home from that first trip, there was a young man’s face I could not get out of my mind.  He looked so sad that it just broke my heart.  I did not know his name but began to pray for him.  Eventually I found a photo of him posing with a painting he had done while we were there and discovered that his name was Julio.  When I returned to Love Guatemala in July of that same year, I found a different young man than I met just months before.  He seemed much happier and more confident.  

During my third visit to Love Guatemala in 2016, our team was able to visit in Julio’s home.  His mother explained to us that when Julio was very young he fell into a tub of water and nearly drowned.  Because of oxygen deprivation, Julio developed more slowly than his peers.  In the public school the other children made fun of him because he could not keep up with them.  He was a sad and lonely boy.

Because of the opportunity afforded by Love Guatemala, Julio is a changed person.  He feels the love of his teachers and peers.  One of our team members sponsors Julio and she has forged a strong relationship with him.  He knows that people who live very far away are praying for him and love him.  Most of all, Julio has begun to understand that he is special to God and that Jesus loves him enough to have died for him.  On my last visit this past October I was able to greet Julio as a valued friend.  Praise be to God for the gift Love Guatemala continues to be to their community and surrounding area as well as the privilege He gives us to come alongside the dedicated team of teachers, staff and missionaries in an effort to give hope, the only true hope, the good news of Jesus.

Posted in Blog, child sponsorship, faith, givehope, La Esquela de Arte, Magdalena, ministry team, prayer

Saying Goodbye

 

For the past 2 months I have been the intern at Love Guatemala and I have leaned SOO MUCH from my time there. However, this time has come to an end. These past few months I have leaned so much, made new connections, relationships, friendships, and most importantly I have grown closer to our Savior. The leaders of Love Guatemala have shown so much wisdom and knowledge to me and I have leaned a lot from them. I am so thankful for each of them.

Over my time there I have served in so many ways and I have loved it!

One of my favorite ways of serving there was helping out with the feeding center kids. I loved to see how free they were and how much fun they were having. Some of those kids have gone through a lot at such a young age and sometimes the meals they get at the feeding center are the only meal they get for the entire day and when they are with us they can be free and enjoy being a kid.

 

 

Another thing I loved about being there was leaning from the medical clinic. Lesbia, the nurse, taught me so much in such a short amount of time. I was able to do things a regular RN wouldn’t be allowed to do. It was such an amazing experience and  I loved it.

 

I was listening to her heartbeat here

God set this up perfectly, as always, for me specifically because I was also able to help and learn from the art class and because I am an artist, it was so much fun and this way I got to know some of the students!

 

One of the other things the interns do at Love Guatemala is help out with the social media and promotion of the ministry, one of those ways being through photos, so I had the opportunity to take photos for the ministry and mess around with their fancy camera:)

God knows exactly who I am and he led me to Love Guatemala because he knew it would fit me perfectly and that is so cool. Even tho I may doubt myself  and even him sometimes I know that he never does and that gives me comfort. I know that wherever I am or in whatever room I’m in he is standing right next to me ready to catch me when I fall.

Here are some pics of the amazing time I had at Love Guatemala-

The last weeks I was there we had our Vacation Schools and I helped Lesbia with the kids in the medical program.

 

My girls:)

We had a presentation on the last day for the kids to show their parents what they worked on and learned and Lesbia and I said a few words

 

Another cool thing was that I got to hang out, serve, and help with the teams that came while I was here.

Here we were painting a mural for their church. I loved that because each team that visits Love Guatemala paints a mural and it’s pretty cool because right when you come in you can see all the  murals and it just explains a little of the beauty of this ministry and I loved being a part in that.

 

 

This is patty, one of the art teachers, she is amazing and I’ve grown so close to her. Patty is pregnant and due this month! Everyday I saw her we gave each other a big hug and it warmed my day up.  Love her<3

God knows exactly who I am and he led me to Love Guatemala because he knew it would fit me perfectly and that is so cool. Even tho I may doubt myself  and even him sometimes I know that he never does and that gives me comfort. I know that wherever I am or in whatever room I’m in he is standing right next to me ready to catch me when I fall. He leads and guides me each and every day and he will do the same for you.

Love Guatemala is always looking for new people to come and help serve so if you feel led we would love a new intern who is willing to serve and love our students and ministry. 

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 

If you would like to know more about me you can do so here

If you would like to read more about the Vacation schools you can do so here

 

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Give Hope for Christmas

It’s that time of year when we have enrolled some new students for 2018. We have about 40 new students that need sponsored. If you have thought about sponsoring in the past or want to help support Love Guatemala and change a life this is a great opportunity.

You can check out all the students here: https://loveguatemala.org/student-sponsorship/

Your support helps your student get valuable vocational training. For just $40 a month you can change someone’s life. Here is a story of one such life that has been changed: https://loveguatemala.org/life-change/

Thanks for helping us changes lives and give hope!

Posted in Antigua, Baking School, Blog, child sponsorship, faith, givehope, hope partner

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