We are so excited to see 25 more students receive their diplomas this coming Friday. We are even more excited for the way their lives have been transformed. Thanks for coming along side us to transform lives. We can not do it without your support!
But don’t just believe our words of how lives are changing. Read below from a few of our graduates and what they are saying about what has happened in their time here with us at Love Guatemala!
“I have achieved things that I never imagined.” Wendy graduating from the Cooking School
“I feel very grateful to be studying at Love Guatemala and achieve my dreams of being a great baker.” Sarai graduating from the Cooking School
“For me it has been a blessing to have the opportunity to study at Love Guatemala. I will soon be graduating and for me it is a huge joy to be able to fulfill my dreams.” Selvin Graduating from the Art School
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Read what one of our generous supporters says about Love Guatemala:
“I love everything that is Love Guatemala. Love Guatemala started with the Lopez family. A faithful family who loves there community. So from its foundation Love Guatemala has been locally invested.
Over the last 10 years LG has only become more invested in there community by first meeting needs like serving meals, providing vocational training, and Praying for community members. But most importantly sharing the Gospel. Now LG’s leaders, teachers, mission, and purpose is all about giving hope to the community through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I have seen many lives changed through LG. Wilder Lopez for example, learned art at LG and now sells paintings in Guatemala and the U.S. God provided Wilder the ability to paint and an education through LG and he can share those God given provisions and most importantly his relationship with Jesus Christ everywhere he goes.
It is very encouraging to see the Lord work in and through Love Guatemala. And I continue to see evidence of God’s grace on a daily basis when I’m visiting. Love Guatemala has been a tremendous blessing to my family and I. And I am thankful to God for making me a part of Love Guatemala.”
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Thank you to so many of you that give and pray for Love Guatemala. Many of you sponsor a student, teacher or school. Some of you are a hope partner or give in other ways. Some of you have come down on teams and seen first hand how your support impacts lives. I wanted to take a minute to give a few statistics about how your support is put to work. Here are a just a few ways that your support has changed lives so far in 2018.
In 2018 your support provided:
- 3904 hours of vocational training.
- 2190 meals in our feeding center.
- 11 people baptized.
- 25 students will graduate later this month and 33 graduated last year.
- These same graduates have received nearly 75 hours of Devotionals/Worship and Prayer time in their time here.
- Helped start a new church here at the Love Guatemala Facility.
- Provided 60 bunk beds for families affected by Volcano Eruption.
- Provided 5 houses for families affected by Volcano Eruption.
- Provided business training to 245 people.
Your support truly is changing lives and giving hope!
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Our graduates finished up their internships a few weeks back. This a requirement they have to complete their training with us. They have to spend 160 hours of job training in their field. (Check out a few pics below) This gives our students great experience and even has lead to several job offers for some of our students. We are confident as well that with the experience they have received through their training with us and their on the job training many more will obtain new employment in their areas of expertise.
Thank you for supporting Love Guatemala and the vocational training that happens here everyday! It truly is changing lives!
As you may know, September 15th is Guatemala’s independence day. We celebrated by having an independence day event this year.
Some of the schools worked together to put on skits about Bible stories. They all did a great job and helped to share parts of the Bible with everyone who attended!
We also had a worship portion of the night where our intern from Columbia, Yeison, was able to lead us with a few worship songs. Afterward, Ben shared a sermon about how to find our freedom in Christ. It was a great message that was able to spread the gospel to the audience!
After the message, we had the portion of the night where four of our girls, each representing a different school in Love Guatemala, competed for the titles of Queen of Love Guatemala, Miss Sport, Miss Independence, and Miss Culture.
They each first wore typical clothes from different areas in Guatemala. They danced a traditional dance, explained a bit about what they were wearing, the culture of the area they were representing, and they each presented a typical food to the judges to try. After that portion, was the gala portion. Each contestant dressed up, talked a bit about themselves, and answered questions for the judges. Each girl did a great job!
To finish the night, they had the awards for each of the contestants and then a prayer. It was a great night and everyone had a good time. It was a fantastic way of celebrating Guatemala’s independence!
Last week, Love Guatemala hosted their first ever Gala Night Fundraiser! The gala was to raise funds for the ministries at Love Guatemala. There was a wonderful dinner, prepared by our very own students from the cooking school. We also had live music brought to us by a group that is located in the area. During the dinner, Ben and Carlos both spoke about the gospel and about Love Guatemala. Ben talked about the vision of giving hope through the gospel and how that should be our goal. Then, Carlos gave us a little background about where Love Guatemala started years ago and then the story of how it slowly grew to be the ministry it is today. The dinner was ended by praying for Love Guatemala and its continued growth, the students that attend there, the families of the students and that we would be able to live out the sermon that was spoken.
After dinner, the students were able to showcase some of the things they have been working on. There was cake for sale made by the cooking school, art pieces from the art school, and pieces of furniture from the carpentry school.
The night ended up having a great turnout with around 300 people attending. We had students, staff, parents of students, and some people who came to support the ministry. Everyone had a great time and it helped Love Guatemala raise funds! We are looking forward to the next time we can have a Gala Night!
Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue; God’s voice is its most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine. — Andrew Murray
We are entering a time of prayer here at Love Guatemala. We know that without prayer Love Guatemala does not exist. Love Guatemala will not continue to function without leaning into the Lord regularly to ask for his help, listen to him and thank him for all he has done.
We can look back at many ways in which the Lord has responded in our times of prayer. We normally set aside 2 different times every year to focus in more on prayer. So as we start a new month we are setting aside some time each day to pray. We are inviting each of you to join us in this time of prayer. Last year we saw the Lord do some amazing things in these times of prayer.
Here are some of the requests we are praying for. You can also share you requests with us as well and we will pray for these requests:
- Students & Staff – For spiritual revival, studies and leadership in our school and community
- Leadership – Ben and Carlos and our Board
- New Life Church – The church that was started earlier this year for continued fruit and growth.
- Financial Provision for Love Guatemala – We are praying for $30,000 to develop property next to us.
Thanks for joining us in prayer! How can we pray for you?
Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:21-22
One of our desire for this year was to begin to sell more of our products that the schools are producing. So this year we are beginning small and we had our first exposition this past weekend where our students and teachers took their product to a local exposition here in Magdalena. We did not sell a ton but some and it was a great experience for our students and staff.
We have another event next month and will continue to sell and teach our students how to sell and promote their products. These experiences help the students learn more about selling and marketing their products and as well it helps our ministry to be able to have some income and support for our schools. See a few pictures below of some of the work they produced. They did a great job and we are proud of everyone!
Our students were also greeting at the entrance of the expo.
One of the pieces from the Carpentry School
Some of the art work displayed.The cooking school students and their cakes that they sold. Another beautiful piece by the carpentry school.
Last Friday, we were able to have a really cool activity with the students! All the students had the theme of “Magdalena”, which each of the different schools in Love Guatemala had to find a way to represent. They had three and a half hours to prepare everything and then present it to the parents, board members, and staff. They had the activity in the morning with the morning classes and afternoon with afternoon classes. Both sets of classes had to make two groups to compete against each other.
The cooking class had to prepare a plate, then the parents, board, and staff were able to taste the food and decide at which place they wanted to eat at. Then all of the people that ate were able to judge the food.
The art students made art pieces that to them represented Magdalena. They also were the ones that decorated the area that their group presented in.
The literary students were the ones that presented everything to the judges and then the English students translated everything for our English speaking judges.
All of the students did a great job and it was fun to have the judges be there for the experience as well! It was also a great time to be able to see how the students were able to represent their town!
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.