This past week, we were able to start back up an activity that we haven’t been able to do for a few years. The September 15 celebration is always a favorite on our staff and students. We are able to celebrate the rich culture around all the different parts of Guatemala.
The Independence Day celebration includes many presentations. Each class sets up a different display from a different area of Guatemala. All the displays were very well thought out, planned for, and beautifully set up. They represented everything about the culture and the area they had been given. There is information about the food, the clothing worn, the languages spoken, what the area is known for, and more. All the displays were judged to see who would have the best one. After a lot of debating, Básicos won the best display!
Another part of the celebration, was competing to be the “queen” of Love Guatemala. A girl from each class represented a region of Guatemala. They presented traditional clothing, traditional dances, And gave a presentation about the different representations of each. They all did a wonderful job, and in the end the student from Basicos won the title!
Lastly, we were able to witness wonderful traditional dance presentations from each of our classes. They each had to research and rehearse to make the dances authentic. It took a lot of work and dedication and we are very proud of each of our students. Amazingly enough, the award for best dance presentation also went to Básicos. We are very excited for Miss Loren‘s class as they won awards in each category.
We are overjoyed to be able to start this celebration once again. It brings joy to our staff and students and allows us all to work together. We are looking forward to many years to come celebrating Guatemala‘s independence!
This month, we are highlighting our Primaria Class! This is the class that is equivalent to Elementary School in the States. It is the first of our adult education classes that we have started here at Love Guatemala.
The class is very important to the people of Magdalena and the surrounding areas because there is a large population of people who were not able to study when they were children. There are many reasons why children do not finish their education including not having money for supplies, having to work to help family, or simply not having the importance of education conveyed to them in their home.
Primaria is available to students who have passed the age of being able to study in a normal school. It gives them a sped up education to make up for all that they missed. It also allows them to be able to find better jobs when they graduate, or continue on with their next step of education, which we also offer here.
Amazingly, to be able to hold Primaria classes here, the total for the entire year is only $2,500. That is not per student or per month. For the entire year, the total funds needed is $2,500. Would you consider helping fund our Primaria Class? Any amount helps us get closer to our goal of funding an entire year. You can click on this link and help students receive an education, but more importantly, help them hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
As you might have heard, we have been working on an expansion project here at Love Guatemala. A couple years ago the dome was completed so that we could have a large multipurpose area to host everything from large classes to events.
During this past year, the project has been growing more. The multipurpose area has finished the first phase of closing off with doors and windows to protect from the elements, and there are now bathrooms added on. There is still work to be done though! The project is nearing its final stages which will include finishing the offices that are being added on, finishing the kitchen, and adding another classroom outside.
You can help us reach our goal of completing the construction project by donating! We are still in need of $13,000 to finish up the project and be able to have full use of the space. If you would like to give a gift to help us reach the goal, you can click here and mark the donation as “Construction Project”! You can also hear more about the details of the project by clicking on the video below!
Short term vision trips are a wonderful way to get involved with everything we are doing at Love Guatemala and help us achieve our vision. They also allow you to get a first hand look at the needs of our staff and the people we serve every day.
We are very thankful to be able to receive teams once again at Love Guatemala. It is a great help to not only do special projects to support our staff, students, and people of the community, but more importantly build relationships with the people in Guatemala. Teams have done everything from building houses, to youth events, to vacation Bible school.
This year, we have been blessed to receive two teams so far. But, the year is far from over! At the end of November going into the beginning of December, we are looking for a team to come and serve at Love Guatemala. This team would be specifically supporting the ministry during our graduation! Graduation is a time of joy and celebration. Our students work very hard for their education and they are always overjoyed to be able to receive their diplomas.
If you are interested in coming to serve at Love Guatemala this fall, contact us! We would love to have another team here to support all that is going on in the ministry and we are so excited to see all that God will do!
*You can also check out what it is like to join a short term mission team by watching the video above!
This past week, we were thrilled to have a team from Piedmont Church come to serve at Love Guatemala. This was our first big team since Covid hit, with 12 team members joining us. It was such a wonderful experience to have our team rooms filled once again!
The team was here for six days and those six days were very busy! The big project that they worked on was building a house. But, the house was a special one. If you have visited before, you may remember Mayra, the lady who cleans for Love Guatemala. After a long time of saving up, Mayra was able to buy a small plot of land, but was still in need of a house to go on it. The team worked very hard, even in the rain one day, to build a house for Mayra and her three children. Many tears were shed as we prayed over the house on the last day the team was here and we are so grateful to be able to provide a home for Mayra!
The team also was busy with a youth event where two English students accepted Christ, painting the Love Guatemala building, many home visits, and a wonderful afternoon in the feeding center.
All in all, it was a beautiful time serving alongside Piedmont Church!
*Check out the Piedmont Team Video Here!
This past week was presentations week for our primary (elementary school) students! With each and every presentation, the students do a lot of work to research, plan out, and present their projects. Their teachers expect a lot from their work, and they always deliver wonderful designs.
This time, the project theme was “diet”. The students had to research all of the aspects of a balanced diet and present it in a way that is easy to understand. Each group built a representation of the food pyramid and explained what it consists of and the way to utilize it in daily life.
The beautiful thing about the Primary school program, is that because they are adult education classes, there are students of all ages. They all work very hard to move forward in their classes and all of their work and research is highlighted in their presentations!
As you may know, a big change has been coming to Love Guatemala for a while now and today is finally the day! Katy has been learning and preparing to take on this new role for a long time and we are very proud of her as she steps up to become the director.
Katy started her time in Love Guatemala as a secretary. She worked very hard and eventually became an administrative assistant. She continued to grow and take on new responsibilities until she was brought up to be the director of schools. As time went on Ben and Carlos both realized that she would be perfect to take over as director when it was time for them to transition out.
Katy is very hard working, eager to learn, and always wanting to grow in her relationship with Christ. It is very evident how she has a heart for the ministry and the community. We are thrilled to watch this transition occur and we can not wait to see all that God will do as Katy follows His lead. With all that being said, congratulations to our new director Katherinne Lopez!
This past week, we had our first team since Covid! It started out as a joint team of Cindy and Tom from Virginia and Amy (Love Guatemala’s board president) and Amanda from Indiana. A couple of special events happened including a special dinner to honor and pray over Katy as she becomes the new director of Love Guatemala, and a special time where all of our staff members told the story of how they came to Love Guatemala as well as a prayer over Ben as he transitions out.
The team split on Sunday and Tom and Cindy remained to serve. They went on home visits with several families and were able to bring bags of food. They listened as each family told the story of what has been happening in their lives. Some stories were very difficult, but it was a blessing to be able to pray over them.
They also taught a couple classes. Tom taught a cooking class to all the moms from the feeding center. The moms had a wonderful time and really enjoyed learning. The best part of the recipe is that it is something they can make over and over again for their families! Cindy also taught a class to the moms. She handed out kits that were made by ladies in Virginia that included reusable pads. They were very excited about receiving their kits!
A special thing that they were able to do, was buy new shoes for all the kids in the feeding center. The joy on each of the kids’ face was priceless as they tried on their shoes. Some of the children had shoes that were falling apart or no longer fit, so they, along with their moms, were overjoyed!
We are so excited to have been able to have our first team in such a long time and we are thankful for the blessing that it was. We are looking forward to more teams coming soon!
This past week, we were able to have our student rally. It is always a blessing to be able to restart something that we had done before Covid. It used to be some thing that we did every year, but we had to take a break because of Covid. We loved being able to see the students work together to complete each obstacle.
There were many obstacles this year. One included building a human pyramid. Another was reciting a Bible verse and acting it out in a play. They also had to move water from one spot to another without spilling it and run a race. And another fun one to watch, was when they had to melt ice cubes between their hands and even a sack race!
With each new year, comes new students new challenges and new opportunities. Watching the students thrive in not only working together for a rally, but also striving to do the best that they can in their classes is a blessing and a joyful thing to watch. We can’t wait to see what else this year holds and all that God will continue to do!
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.