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Gala Night 2022

This past Saturday we had our Gala Night at Love Guatemala. This is the first year since Covid that we are able to host. Our staff worked very hard to prepare for the event. Starting early Friday morning, everyone came to clean and setup. 

There was a lot of work to be done because with the construction on the multipurpose area there was a lot of materials to be moved and organized. About 30+ wheelbarrows of sand needed for concrete making had to be moved, along with a truck full of construction trash and gravel. After that was done, everything had to be cleaned, curtains and tablecloths needed to be sewn, decorations and tables and chairs had to be set up, and all the dishes for the dinner needed to be washed. It was a group effort that took all day to finish.

On Saturday, the staff once again came in bright and early to finish the decorating and set out all the dishes for the dinner. In addition to that, four of our staff members worked from early that morning to into the event to prepare and serve the food. We are very proud of their efforts.

 

When the event started in the evening, there were over 250 who attended. It was wonderful to see all that God has provided. The evening included a welcome speech, a raffle, the history of Love Guatemala, a Bible message, and a dinner. There was a lot of rain for a portion of the event, but that didn’t stop students and family from braving the elements to get there.

All in all, the event was a success and a wonderful time to marvel in all that God has done.

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Exam Week

 

This past week was exam week for our students. Each year it is a blessing to be able to witness the students take their exams, not only because they are moving quickly through the year, but also to be able to see how much they have learned and grown over the course of the past months.

The primary students did presentations for their exams. They talked about different traditions and cultures in Guatemala. The students dressed up in traditional outfits and explained where beliefs and ceremonies originated from. It was beautiful to see their dedication!

We are looking forward to seeing all that the students will continue to accomplish this year and we are excited for all that this school year will bring! Please join us in praying for our students as they enter the next part of classes.

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Sharing God’s Word Together

This year, we have been going through the book of John in our staff devotions. It has been enriching to go through each chapter and verse. Often, we pick verses out of chapters in the Bible to focus on for a devotional, but do not take the time to go in depth and focus on each verse in a book. It has been a blessing to do something differently in our time together and take the time to go through it piece by piece.

Each member of our staff is scheduled to do a devotional throughout the year. It is beautiful to hear the hearts of each person as they share what God has showed them in his word. It also has been fun to see what the staff come up with for their ice breakers at the beginning of our time together. We have had everything from acting out skits, to singing songs in pairs.  

We are blessed to have a staff that not only searches for the heart of God, but also that has joy in sharing what they are learning. We can’t wait to see what else we are able to learn from the staff and their time with God.

 

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A Successful Art Class

 

On Sunday, Love Guatemala was able to be a part of a very special event. We hosted a free painting class taught by artist Kim Page. Kim has been visiting and supporting Love Guatemala in so many ways for a long time. Coming here touched her heart and she felt God calling her back again and again. 

One of the things she often does while on trips here is teach art classes. She wanted to use those gifts of art and teaching even more by offering to teach the live class and give time to talk about Love Guatemala.

The viewers of the class were taught to paint a beautiful black and white painting of a flower. It was the perfect class for beginners, advanced, or anyone in between. 

In addition to learning to paint, everyone got the opportunity to learn more about Love Guatemala. Katy, Ben and Carlos joined the class to share about everything happening in Guatemala. They had the chance to share about everything from how Love Guatemala started to the new projects we have happening now. The event helped raise over $2,000 for the expansion project!

It was such a blessing to learn and share together. We are grateful for Kim for teaching and that we had so many that participated!

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Construction Begins

This month, we are starting an exciting project at Love Guatemala! As you may have seen, in 2019 we were able to finish the outdoor multipurpose space. It has been such a help to be able to be able to have classes and events in that big open space.

We now feel blessed to be able to add on to the previously finished area! The first phase of building will be closing in the existing space as well as building above the bathrooms and kitchen that are attached to the multipurpose space. The rooms above will be offices and a meeting space for our staff. After that part is complete, the next phase will be to add electricity, water, windows and doors, paint, and add kitchen appliances. Lastly, a new classroom will be built next to the multipurpose space.

As of right now, we have the money to complete the first phase of building. We are still in need of $17,500 to complete the rest of the project. You can help us to finish this project and have more room to teach our students! Just click here and mark your gift as expansion project.

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Join Us for a Free Painting Event!

Have you been wanting to hear more about Love Guatemala? Have you been wanting to expand your artistic side? Well this month you can get your chance to do both! We are thrilled to offer a free art class given by artist Kim Page on April 24th. 

It won’t be just any art class. This class will be a painting lesson that will allow you to not only walk away with a beautiful handmade painting, but also the answers to all your questions about Love Guatemala! The event will be held on Facebook so there is no inscription needed and we will be joined by Katy, Ben and Carlos who will explain how everything has been going at Love Guatemala.

If you are interested in participating in this wonderful class, you can see the materials needed in the picture below and tune into the class at 6pm (eastern time) on April 24th. We can’t wait to see you all!

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Our Teachers’ Dedication

One of the reasons Love Guatemala continues to grow is that we have wonderful teachers! Each teacher here is very dedicated to their classrooms and their students. They not only give classes, but they also teach the word of God and pray for their students. Each week as we gather together for our staff devotionals and prayer time, at least one of the teachers has a prayer request for one or more of their students. They want them to succeed in their education, but also in every aspect of their lives.

Each month, the teachers gather together to share how their classes have been going and how their students are doing. They talk about what activities they have been doing along with how their fellow teachers can be praying for them and their classes.

Our teachers help Love Guatemala to grow because they work hard to help their students in their education, as well as help them to grow in their faith. Their students trust them because they know how much they care. We are very proud of each and every one of them. Please join us in praying for our excellent teachers!

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Nancy’s Project

Right now we have an exciting project going on. One of our graduated students was greatly in need of a house. Nancy and her son had been living in a small house shared with some of her family members. It was not just crowded, but a complicated family situation that made it difficult to raise her son.

Nancy had been an art school student who graduated years ago. She captured the hearts of people who visited Love Guatemala. One of those people decided to sponsor her all throughout her years in school and still keeps in touch and visits. Thanks to a generous donation from her sponsor, we were able to purchase materials to build her her very own house. Now she will have her own space to be able to take care of her son.

To support a student like Nancy you can sponsor one of our programs here!

 

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New Staff and Student Projects

 

This past week our teachers and staff had a meeting to talk about all of the programs starting here at Love Guatemala. We have several new programs that are for our staff and students. 

One of the things we are starting is discipleship with our staff and students. Our staff began their first discipleship this past Saturday at 6 AM. We are proud of their devotion to growing in their relationships with the Lord and are excited to see how this will impact their lives and work. 

The students are also beginning their discipleship in their classes soon! 

Another program that is starting is our business seminar that is given to our soon-to-graduate students. This gives them techniques to use what they have learned in their classes to succeed in what they do afterward; finding a job, owning their own business, etc. The students are always excited about what they learn during their seminars.

Lastly, some of the students are doing a study called “The Transformation is in Me” by John Maxwell. It focuses on building up leaders and helping them to transform their lives.

We are looking forward to hearing all the good things that these programs will bring for our staff and students! Please be praying for God to work in the hearts of each person who is a part of it.

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Meet Our Newest Teacher

With a growing Primary class, it became obvious that we were in need of an additional teacher to give classes. We are very excited that we now have a new member of our staff to teach and share in the vision that we have at Love Guatemala. That vision is to “give hope to Guatemalans through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and vocational training”.

Ms. Debora is very excited to be a part of our staff and family at Love Guatemala. She will be teaching for our Saturday Primary classes and she has already shown a great knowledge in teaching and a love for her students.

We are overjoyed not only that we have another teacher, but that we have a teacher that is willing to work her best to teach and help her students grow in their relationship with Jesus.

Please help us welcome our newest teacher and keep her in your prayers as she works hard this new school year!

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