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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

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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.

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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!

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Leadership Training Graduation

We just graduated 51 students from our leadership training program!

This was an important event for us and we are so proud of all of these leaders. We partner with Guatemala Prospera which is a John Maxwell Foundation partner. This year Carlos reached out to a few other local ministries and was able to train leaders in two other places as well. Carlos, Katie and Rosario did the round table training this year and we hope to expand the number of leaders doing training and continue to help grow healthy leaders here in this community! As John Maxwell says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership”.

One of our goals is to make new leaders to lead people towards Jesus and the hope he offers.

Carlos and Ben shared messages on leadership

We gave them diplomas for their hard work which were provided by Guatemala Prospera and backed by a local university.

After the ceremony, we had a lunch and served the students that graduated

Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vacation Schools 2017

We have vacation schools each year after the school year ends. (The school year in Guatemala runs from January to October.) It gives us a chance to scope out new students for our coming year and it’s great for these kids to experience and learn what we can teach them in the short amount of time we have with them.  These schools are not only for teaching kids how to cook or paint, we use the time we have with them to connect and get to know them. We get to know the kids and grow relationships with them so we can be the influences in their lives that they need. Philippians 3:17- 18 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.  For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.  

The kids were challenged to memorize and learn about Romans 6:23 and Ephesians 2:8-9. Many of them memorized these verses and learned about what the gospel is. Whatever happens in the homes of these kids they can come here, have fun, and learn about how much God loves them and even though they may have had hard times in the past, they are never alone and God is always there watching over them. Here are a few pics of the past few weeks of vacation schools-

Art school

 

 

Carpentry school

 

Literacy class


English class

Medical class

Cooking class

At the end of the 2 weeks of Vacation schools, we had a closing ceremony where and kids showed their parents what they had been learning.

 

 

Some of the kids’ projects


We had a lot of people

Vacation schools are an important part of our ministry and we love each and every one of these kids and try our best to show  them how great our God is. John 36: 25-26 All humanity has seen it; mortals gaze on it from afar. How great is God – beyond our understanding! The number of years is past finding out.

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New Love Guatemala Babies…

Today we went to visit 3 families with newborn babies.

The first baby we visited was born from Jaqui, a 14 year old girl who was a students here but just graduated.

Her baby was born about 8 days ago and is very healthy!

We brought her some gifts from her sponsors for her precious new baby.

There are at least 6 family members living in this room with Jaqui and her baby.

A few of Jaqui’s young relatives who live with her.

We love Jaqui and her family and we love her precious baby. If you would like to read more about Jaqui you can do so here.

 

The second baby was also born from a student here, Nenepcis, who was in the cooking school and also recently graduated.

Her baby was born about 11 days ago and is also healthy! We are so happy about all these healthy babies!

 

The third baby we went to see today is the son of one of our carpentry students, Milton and his wife Evelyn. He is the pastor of a church in Magdalena.

The baby, Moses, was born premature and was in the hospital for a little less than a week, but was recently released and is now at home with his family! He is 3 pounds 10 ounces. He is the smallest baby I’ve ever seen, but also one of the cutest. He is a blessing and a miracle to this beautiful family. The Doctors told the parents he may not live and he is a healthy boy!

Was a wonderful opportunity to see and hold these babies. All beautiful gifts from God, and we are so thankful to him  for these beautiful babies. Please pray for the health and safety of the babies. Pray that Moses would grow to be a strong boy and make a difference in this world. Psalms 127:3 Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. 

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2017 Graduation

We had a our 2017 graduation last weekend and we had 30 students graduate!

 

This was a very special graduation for two reasons:

The first, is that we are officially accredited by the Ministry of Education! This means that the diplomas we gave our students are stamped by the Ministry of Education and can help these graduates obtain jobs. This is incredibly important because one of the reasons people can’t find jobs, is because they are not qualified. We feel so honored to help address this problem. All this is only possible with the power and strength God gives each and everyone of us each day, and with with the support you give us.

And second, we had the VA Bridge Team here visiting so they could see their sponsored students graduate.  This is important because they were able to see what they have been supporting and support a really big moment in the students lives. They could be here and encourage them personally which meant so much to our students. It just reminds them that God has a bigger and stronger love than anything in this world. It gives them hope that their lives and dreams are worth all this and that they have a greater purpose. Read more about how the VA Bridge Team served and their time here. 

The graduation was an emotional, beautiful, and strong event for our ministry and we are thankful for every single person who helped make this happen. Here are some pictures from this event-

Setting up for graduation

Praying with thew students before the event

The VA Bridge Team there to support us and the students

A few of our graduating students


Thelma and Carlos

Jennifer praying for our graduation

Walking the graduates down the aisle

One of the ladies from the team sang a few beautiful songs

Few of the students did a play about how empty your life is without God

Pastor Ben preached for the graduates

Honoring our teachers

Graduates receiving their diplomas

And that was the graduation! We are incredibly thankful for our VA Bridge Team for coming to support us for this event and we are also thankful for each one of you who has helped these students graduate. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Thanks for helping us give hope!

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Bridging The Gap

We had team here last week and they got to see the students they were sponsoring graduate. A few of the people that sponsor students here got to see where their love and money was going and what it was doing. Our sponsors helped some of our students graduate. That’s a big reason we love teams. We need sponsors but we don’t need them to only support financially, we want relationships to be built with our students so they can know much God loves them no matter what. That’s why we’re here. We are here because God called us to make a difference in these students lives and give them hope through the gospel.

The team was the Virginia Bridge Team from Bridge Christian Church. This was the mural we painted with them

We got a lot done this week with this team including making bunk beds and giving them to families who all share one bed and can’t afford more, making chicken coups and buying chicks, helping with feeding center,  and helping set up for graduation. So here’s a few pics (or a lot) of the Virginia Bridge Team serving.

Staining the boards for the bunk beds


Carlos being Carlos

Teaching the cooking students how to make hard candy

We had a piñata for the kids in the feeding center

Delivering a chicken coup for one of our students

Making food for the graduation

Putting our foot and hand prints on our mural

 

The kids enjoying their new bunk bed

Setting up for graduation

That pretty much sums up their trip and how they served with us.

In one of our team meetings we were talking about how this kind of a trip can impact a person. The only way it can truly impact you and make a difference in your life is if you come down here and see the laughs, smiles, poverty, dirt floors, overflowing amount of skinny dogs, and most of all the difference you can make and God’s incredible and perfect love that is shown first hand here in person.  That’s how these people know you care and how they can see that you love them enough to use your money and time to come down here and talk about how great our God is and show his love.  Romans 8:39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

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Forming and Continuing Relationships…

 

One of the things we value at Love Guatemala is relationships.  We know that it is through relationships that God’s love is shown and people come to know him.  Relationship building is our focus when we have visitors and teams.  This week we had some visitors here from Georgia.  They are from one of our supporting churches, Piedmont Church.

Summer and Storm Collins got here on Sunday and spent the day connecting with the Kunkels.  Both Summer and Storm are  teachers, Summer has been a teacher for 14 years and Storm for 4. This is Summers 3rd time visiting and and Storms 4th.

 

Monday we spent the morning in teachers training for the teachers to work out some things for the new year and to find ways to keep the students in line.

This is Summer and Storm with Miley who was helping to translate for the training. Miley also helped translate for them the other times they were here.

 

That afternoon we went to Miley’s and met some of her family and prayed with her. Storm is also one of Miley’s sponsors.

 

After that we went with Milton, who is Pedro the carpenter teacher’s assistant, to pray for his aunt who is sick.

 

Tuesday morning we went to visit Cesar who is a man in his 40s that is bedbound because of a rare disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis that conjoins all his bones so he cant walk or move most of his body. He has an amazing story and it’s so inspirational. He has an amazing faith and he shows it through the way he talks and prays. We are always amazed by him and his continuous faith and love in God. God’s timing is perfect and He plans things exactly the way they’re supposed to be.

 

At lunch we had the feeding center and Summer and Storm helped out and connected with the kids.

 

After lunch, we went to visit some of the kids from the feeding center that Summer and Storm met the last time they were here.

That is something we love. When the relationships with the people they connect with keep growing each time they come. It reminds the poorest of people that God will love them no matter what and that he will always take care of us. Matthew 10:29-31 Are not 2 sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  And even the hairs on your head are all numbered. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

While we were there the girls saw that the kids had shoes that were old and too small and one of the kids said they had nothing to eat for supper so we came the next day with shoes for the kids and bags of food.

This is also important, because of those relationships we saw a need and met that need. The only way we could have done that was by going there to their house and talking to them and seeing their needs. The relationships we make with the people here is how we help them.

 

That same evening we went to the tourist hotspot Antigua, did a little sight seeing, and then had dinner there.

 

We saw some lava come out of Fuego (left) while we were at the restaurant.

 

On Wednesday after bringing the new shoes and food to the kids we went to visit Christian, who translated for Summer and Storm last time they were here. We got to see how he was doing and what he’s been up to.

 

We did a few more visits to see people Summer and Storm met the other times they came. Here are some pictures of that.  Now you can be a part in some of whats going on!

This is Patty who is one of our art teachers. She is pregnant and due in December!

 

Storm wrote this a few years ago when she helped build bunk beds with the Piedmont team

 

The girls and Carlos in front of the mural the Piedmont church painted.

 

We got to see the graduates of the English school do their final presentations before they graduate.

 

Obed, one of the graduating students, with Summer, Storm, and his final project for art school.  You can read more about Obed here.

It was a great week and through our friends support and the help of the Lord, Love Guatemala continues to change lives and give hope. If you want to help us to continue to give hope you give here 

Thank you so much for all your support!

 

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