This past Friday, all of the staff of Love Guatemala came back from Christmas break to begin getting ready for this school year. It was such a blessing because we were able to take the first half of the morning to be in God’s Word, pray, and worship together. Carlos gave the message about how to better understand the Bible and it was a big encouragement to everyone as we start the year.
The second half of the morning was dedicated to team building activities, how to have good conflict resolution, and hearing about the plans for this year. Plans include different celebrations and all of the devotionals we will be able to do as staff, as well as with the students.
We are so excited for all that God has planned for Love Guatemala this upcoming year!
Join us in prayer as we pray for the projects this 2020, for provisions for Love Guatemala, and for our staff, students, and board members!
Allen is currently in the carpentry school at Love Guatemala. He is a great student who shows much promise in his future as a carpenter. That being said, life has not always been easy for Allen. When he was just three years old, his father left his family. It was a very hard day for him.
Although he has had difficulties living without his father, he is very grateful to God that his mother has always been a great support. He is also very thankful for all that God is doing in his life.
He is very grateful for Love Guatemala. Allen said, “Love Guatemala has blessed me in many ways and I am thankful for the opportunity to be here”. He is thankful that he can learn a talent that will help him succeed in life, but he is even more thankful for the devotionals that he is learning from. He said, “Learning in the devotionals has helped me to know God more and learn more about the Bible”. He knows God is doing big things in his life and he is so excited to see all that God will do in the future in Love Guatemala and in the rest of his life.
Thank you for being a part of changed lives like Allen’s!
Walter is a graduated student of the English school. This year he was able to be a helper in the English school while being able to practice the English that he has learned. He has always said, “Love Guatemala is a huge support for me because they help me learn English and they help me in my life.” With that, their have been many positive changes in Walter’s life.
This year as Walter became more involved in Love Guatemala, he also heard about the church “New Life Church” that is held in Love Guatemala. He started to attend the church and his life began to change even more. God began a work in him and he started to follow God more and more. And several months ago, he was able to be baptized. He said about that moment, “I am excited to take this next step in my faith and am happy to see how God will use it.” It was such an amazing moment not only for him, but also for the people in the church and the ministry that have known him for so long.
Now he has began to assist more in church and even is in the leadership team at church. He has also been a great help working as a translator for teams that come from the States. He is excited about how God will use not only the English classes he has taken, but the talents that He is revealing to him as he grows closer to God.
Thank you for helping support changed lives like Walters!
Happy Holidays! We are grateful to each of you for your support and prayers in 2019. We have seen some incredible things in 2019. We graduated 28 students this. 28 people who lives have changed through your support. Not only do our students learn a valuable trade but also hear the life changing message of the gospel. Here is one such story of life change.
As we finish 2019 we say thanks and as we look forward to 2020 we are excited. We can not continue this without you. We have fallen a bit behind in our finances this year. You can read more about that here. But the short of it is that we are $46,000 behind budget and we need to make this up soon. So we are asking all those that believe in the mission of Love Guatemala to get behind it this year and give a gift of any size to help us make up this shortfall.
Our goal is to raise at least $25,000 by the end of 2019. Would you consider a year end gift to Love Guatemala?
You can give here or mail a check to Love Guatemala Inc. 4201 E 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46201.
Julio and Noemi
We continue to see the Lord use Love Guatemala to change lives and give hope. This year we had over 20 graduates. We saw many students lives changed through their training and the gospel.
I wanted to make you aware of a significant financial need as we finish up 2019. We are about $46,000 behind budget for 2019. As you can imagine this causes much concern and even causing us to consider cutting programming and initiatives that are being used to transform lives.
So we are praying and believe that the Lord will make up this shortfall but we want to invite you to be a part of this. Our goal is to raise at least $25,000 by the end of the year. Would you consider giving a special gift towards this need?
You can give here: www.loveguatemala.org/give and mark as “The Gift”. Or mail a gift to Love Guatemala Inc. 4201 E. 16th St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46201.
Thanks for all your prayers and support!
Julio and Noemi
These past two weeks we had our vacation Bible school. It was so wonderful to be able to have all the kids there and watch as they learned not only crafts and skills, but also more importantly about the word of God.
We also had the privilege of having a team from Virginia here with us to be a part of the classes with the kids! They helped out a lot in the art and English classes and the kids loved having them there.
The activities ended this past Thursday with the closing ceremony. The kids were able to show off what they learned to their family and were presented with diplomas for finishing their classes! We are so proud of all the hard work the children accomplished!
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.”
Give Hope! Change Lives!
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!