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Story from the Feeding Center

From time to time we like to share stories of our students or in this case one of the kids in our feeding center. Meet Angela and hear a little about her story:

My name is Angela Aracely Martinez Lobos. I’m a 10 year old girl and I’m in third grade in the local elementary school. I live in Vista Hermosa near Love Guatemala. In my family, I have two siblings, my mom, and  my dad. I like to color books and play.

I have 6 dogs and one cat.

I have been part of the feeding center for several years and I like to be part of the group of children. When we are there, we eat and learn songs and Bible verses.

I thank God for the opportunity to have found Love Guatemala. It has been a great blessing for me. The bag of food that they give me twice a month helps us to have some food during the week.

Previously my father was a street vendor in the town, but the pandemic came to change our lives. My dad has no job and my Mom is dedicated to washing other people’s clothes to get by. I am very grateful to all the people who, even without knowing us, help us. God multiplies everything they send us.

I want to be very successful in what I do in life and I know that with the help of God and all the people who support me, I will achieve it. We are trusting that everything has a purpose in life and we have faith that God is going to take control of the virus.

Posted in Blog, Buena Vista, faith, Feeding Center, givehope, hope campaign, hope partner

School Changes for Love Guatemala in 2021

One thing that the last year has taught us all is that we need to learn to adjust and shift to be able to continue and improve in a different time. Covid has brought challenges and changes for all of us. Last year we shifted all our schools to virtual and the majority of our students finished well.

This year we are not yet allowed to have in person classes with most schools. So we did not have the response in our enrollment in our vocational schools to be able to continue this year with the vocational schools. It is challenging to learn cooking virtually if you do not have an oven or carpentry if you do not have any equipment. So we have made the difficult decision to suspend the art, cooking and carpentry schools for the 2021 school year. (The school year here runs from January to November.) But our plans are to continue these schools next year.

Though our school is changing this year, we are thrilled to announce we have nearly 160 students enrolled in our primary, middle and English Schools! God is really blessing these programs as we provide gap education for youth and adults in Magdalena and the surrounding communities. Please pray for our teachers and staff as they teach and serve virtually over the coming months. Also please consider sponsoring one of these growing school programs by clicking here. We need many more sponsors to help these schools be fully supported.

Here are a few pictures of what schools will look like this year:

 

 

Posted in Blog, changes, enrollment, givehope, goals, graduation, prayer

Staff 2021

Please pray for our amazing team this year. This year has already proved to be challenging but this team is amazing and doing a great job of pivoting and overcoming. They are working hard to provide the best online learning experience possible. Please pray for them, their families and all the students they serve. Pray for the ladies serving the feeding center and the kids there. We want to stay as connected as possible with them also.

Staff hard at work

Thanks for your prayers and support. Please consider a special gift to help us continue to give hope and change lives through the gospel and education!

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Start of Classes 2021

We started classes last week. We are glad to have nearly 100 students enrolled even though it is mostly going to be online learning this year. This has presented many challenges for our staff and also the students. We are grateful for the amazing staff we have that has been doing everything possible to make it as easy as possible for our students to continue learning. Thanks for your continued support that makes this possible. We are going to continue changing lives and giving hope!

Our office team is amazing! This year it will include Rosario (pictured here) and Luvia.

 

Our teachers working hard teaching classes online.

Thanks for all your support and prayers for the 2021 school year!

You can support one of our amazing schools here to help us continue to give hope this year.

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School Year 2021: Enrollments

We are off and running for the 2021 academic school year. This year will look very different as it will for most schools. (More to come on the blog about this next week.) We are going to begin all virtual this year. This is a challenge for most here for lots of reasons. But we are glad to have nearly 100 students enrolled and to be able to continue giving hope through the gospel and education.

Here are some pictures from some of the students enrolling.

We are grateful to our office staff who have been doing a great job enrolling and organizing everything for this year. Please continue to pray for them and all the staff this year.


We are glad to have Rous back after her maternity leave!

Posted in Blog, enrollment, goals, leadership

School Supplies for Hundreds of Kids

We are grateful for the opportunity to bless over a hundred kids with school supplies for the new year. Even though most are still studying online they need supplies and we were able to come alongside them because some generous friends. Please pray for these students and all students in Guatemala. Education many times is not a priority in Guatemala and especially when everything is online and more challenging and costly it becomes even less of a possibility for many kids. 
 
TThank for helping us give hope and change lives!

Posted in Blog, givehope, Magdalena, prayer

First Children’s Devotional of the Year

This week, Love Guatemala was able to host a small devotional for some of the children from the feeding center. We are so blessed to have the multipurpose area available to us in this time because it allows us to have an outdoor area to be able to better follow Covid precautions. 

It was so wonderful to be able to see the kids faces once again and share with them the word of God. It was also so great to be able to provide their families with bags of food. It has been such a difficult time for many families and we are glad to be able to help them out in this way.

We are looking forward to planning how this next stage will go. We would love to be able to have this be a regular activity. It will all depend on how Covid numbers are in the next months. If we are not able to do this sort of activity, we are still excited to be able to visit the families, pray for them, and bring food!

Posted in Blog, Feeding Center, givehope, hope campaign, hope partner, Magdalena

Prayers for 2021

As we jump into a new year, we are overjoyed at the idea of all the things God is going to do in 2021! With that being said, we want to be praying continuously for what is to come. 

The classes this year will be different than we had hoped, but we are still praying for students who are able to learn with us. For a lot of our students it is difficult financially to study this year, not because of Love Guatemala’s tuition, but because a lot, if not all, of the learning will be online again. Many students do not have internet in their homes and buying internet for their classes is not in their budget. This year, we ask you to pray with us for those students who have the great desire to learn; that they would have the financial provision to learn what they are passionate about.

As the pandemic continues, we pray for our staff, students, and community. Even though it is a new year, we know that there are still risks of people becoming ill from the virus. Thank God Guatemala’s numbers have been remaining fairly low, but we always want to be praying for the health of everyone here.

We also are praying for God’s continued provision for 2021. God is so faithful to us and helped us through 2020 in such wonderful ways. We ask that you pray with us for this new year as it will still be challenging for Love Guatemala financially. We are confident that God will keep providing for us!

 

Please also pray with us for our board members as they make decisions regarding this next year. They have done an amazing job working out details of 2020 and we are praying for the same wisdom to work out all that will happen in 2021.

 

Most of all, we are praying that God would continue to touch lives and help us to share the Gospel in uncertain times. We have seen the ways that even through a pandemic so many people have been changed and touched by God’s word and we are excited about the thought of that number of people being multiplied in 2021!

Thank you so much for your continued support and prayers for Love Guatemala. We know just how powerful prayer is and we realize that without it, we would not be where we are now. 

Posted in Blog, givehope, goals, hope campaign, hope partner, Magdalena, ministry team, prayer

Year End Gift 2020!

 

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us! Here at Love Guatemala we have continued to serve our staff and students in many different ways. We have given away more than 1,200 bags of food feeding hundreds of families. We have given away clothing, shoes and even helped build a couple homes.

We have also done a lot to stay connected with our students and staff like weekly devotionals online, visiting homes, phone calls and may other ways to stay connected and help our students continue to learn. We ended up with 13 graduates at the end of the year and nearly 100 students that stuck with it during this challenging year.

Now we need your help to continue to serve our students, staff and the community during the upcoming year.

Would you help us finish the year strong and give a year end gift? We are trying to raise $25,000 to finish the year strong and help us continue to give hope in 2021. We already have $10,000 of this committed from a generous board member. Would you help us finish the other $15,000 with any size year end gift?

You can give here online or you can mail in your check to 4201 E. 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46201.

Thanks for helping us give hope and change lives!

Posted in Blog, faith, Feeding Center, givehope, goals, graduation

The Amazing Ways God Has Blessed Us During The Second Half Of 2020

The second half of 2020 continued to show God’s blessings in exciting ways! It was a journey as we navigated through events and everyday things, but it was amazing to watch God’s plan for the year unfold.

 

In July, Love Guatemala was able to go on house visits to the regular kids who join us in the feeding center. It was a blessing to see them, pray with their families and help a bit throughout the pandemic. The plan for next year is to continue to visit the families twice a month!

August was exciting as we were able to finish the wall around the multipurpose area. It will be used as a classroom next year to follow safety precautions with the students!

In September, it was such a joy for us to host Love Guatemala’s first online business seminar. It helped so many students and people from the community learn techniques in business to help them succeed.

October was a busy month. We were able to start up our weekly staff prayer and devotional together. What a blessing to be able to come together once again! The staff also hosted a special Bible Day devotional online for the students where they dressed up as Bible characters. To finish off the month, the graduating students presented their final projects. They all did a wonderful job!

November was also a busy month. Love Guatemala was able to host their first ever VBS online. It went very well with the kids so excited to learn and participate! Another joyful event was graduation. This year’s graduation looked a little different than years past, but it did not take away from the wonderful accomplishment of the students! 

The difficult time in November came when Central and South America was hit badly by two hurricanes. Love Guatemala and New Life Church were able to work together to send donations to the people working so hard in the affected areas of Guatemala.

Now in December, as classes have ended for the year and we plan for next year, we are able to look back at the year we have had and be grateful. We are grateful for the people that continued to support us throughout this pandemic. We are grateful for our students and staff who continued on even through a difficult time. And we are grateful for all the ways that God helped us through!

Posted in Blog, faith, Feeding Center, givehope, goals, graduation, hope campaign, hope partner

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