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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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A Blessing in Disguise

Yesterday we had a baby shower for a girl that was fourteen.

Her name is Jaqueline Jasmin Miranda Panameno but we call her Jaqui.

Jaqui has five brothers but her father died a while ago and after that her mother no longer wanted her and her brothers to continue school. Soon after her mother left their home and their grandparents started taking care of them. Her grandparents are in their mid to late sixties and taking care of six or more children. Her brothers and grandparents work to pay for their food and schooling. Recently her mother came back and her grandparents let her stay so Jaqui and her brothers can spend some time with their mother.

Jaqui is in the literacy program here and wants to continue following her dreams despite being pregnant at such a young age. Here are some words from her, “I want to study to support my grandparents because they are my biggest inspiration. I thank God for my brothers for all the support they give us. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to succeed. God Bless.”

This baby will be a blessing to Jaqui and her family. It may not seem like a blessing to her right now but God has big plans. Jaqui is not alone. She has the Love Guatemala family by her side and we will love her no matter what, because that is how you show God’s love. Romans 8:39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We surprised Jaqui with a baby shower to show her that she is not alone and that we will always love her. We played games, opened gifts, ate some cake, and just had some fun. Here are some pictures from the event so you can join in on the emotion and plan God has for Jaqui and her baby.

Bienvenida Jaqui!

Lots of students came to show their love

 

We are also so thankful for our supporters and how they show Jaqui love and care for her and give her hope. It is a blessing to have people who will love you no matter what. God is good and blesses us with more than we know.

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Carlos Lopez & His Visit to America!

As some of you may know, Carlos is traveling to the USA!

Carlos will be going to America to visit friends, family, and churches. He is excited to share about his testimony, his new grandson, and Love Guatemala.

This time, Pastor Ben will be traveling with him. Carlos was a little relieved because he isn’t fluent in English yet so it will be nice for him to have some one who speaks English to help with translation.

Carlos has been to the states once, last year. He said it was an amazing experience. He loved to see a new culture, to experience new things, and to get a better perspective. His trip was very encouraging and he felt so loved. He realized that even though we all have our differences we still love and worship the same God and we’re all connected in Christ even though we’re many miles apart. He was also amazed by how a plane can take you from one place to another in a very short amount of time.

Not only was his trip helpful to him but it was also beneficial to both Love Guatemala and the people he shared with.

Eleven years ago Carlos was an alcoholic and had been for 10 years. But through Gods love and mercy he gave Carlos a chance and he was healed through God. He then started using his God-given talents and started teaching art with his beautiful wife. They have been teaching art for the past eleven years now and are a blessing and a wonderful example to everyone they meet. God makes good things come out of bad situations.

They will be leaving on November 22nd and returning December 13th.

Carlos is so excited to come travel to America once again and share his inspiring testimony and share the love of God with that big joyful smile of his. He is one of the most joyful people I know and he brings joy and smiles wherever he goes.

Carlos as a clown for kids day

The purpose of this trip is to visit and raise funds for Love Guatemala for 2018.  If you would like to have Carlos share at your church or small group, please let us know.  The cost of this trip is $2,500 for all travel expenses.  Would you be willing to help make it possible for Carlos to travel to the states?  If so you can give here. (Mark as Carlos’ Trip in Comments)  Or mail check to Love Guatemala at 401 E Michigan St., Indpls, IN 46204.

Thanks for your prayers and support!

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Business Training Presentations of 2017

Today we participated it the project presentations for business training that Carlos did this year with the graduates.  This was the last session for the year.  They have been learning different business techniques and ideas to improve their skills in the areas of marketing, selling and presenting their products.

The project presentation is when the students present their final project. It represents all that they have learned and the knowledge and abilities they have reached in their time in the business training.

The common project in this event was art, however there were some cakes and bracelets too. The paintings were on different kinds of canvases, including; rocks, different kinds of wood, bracelets, and even a roof tile. Here are a few of their projects:

Guitar cake done for final cooking class project

 

Guatemala’s national bird the Quetzal painted on a piece of wood

 

One of the cobble stone roads with the volcano Agua in the background painted on a piece of wood by Obed

 

Some pictures from the event

 

The teachers judged the projects and told them what areas they could improve and what areas they did well.

 

After the presentations, Carlos had a small lecture on business and marketing. This was an important part of the event because lack of this knowledge is one of the reasons Guatemala has so much poverty. So if we can teach students while they’re young how to manage money and how the market works, they can make a difference for the future.

We are so thankful for all your support. Without your help these kids wouldn’t be able to do this. These kids have better futures because of your support. You have given them hope and shown the love of God. This is important and it changes their lives.

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2017 Graduation

The 2017 Graduation of Love Guatemala is coming up on October 19th and we are so thankful and excited for everyone who has helped these kids to be able to graduate and follow their dreams. There are 30 students graduating from Love Guatemala this year and we are beyond thankful to everyone of you that has helped!

These past few years with these students have been an amazing opportunity for all who were involved. We have all grown spiritually and are amazed by the work God has done here. There are 6 students graduating from the art school, 7  from the cooking school, 3 from the carpentry school, 11 from the literacy program, and 3 from the English school.

Bilfred Obed Garcia Bautista is one of our graduating students he  is graduating from the art school.

Before Bilfred came to the art school he had a hard heart, was easily angered, and wasn’t working diligently. But after a few weeks in morning devotional and being around so many God loving people his heart started to soften and he started working on his school with more diligence and enthusiasm because he was starting to see Gods plan for his life. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Not only did Bilfred learn more about God but he has also become an experienced and talented artist. He always gives it his all and challenges himself with hard work to test his limits and explore new techniques.

Bilfred has had many good times here over the past 3 years but his favorites are when he was in class learning from his teachers and joking around and having fun with his classmates. The friendships he has made here will last a lifetime.

Over the time he has been here he has transformed into a talented artist and God’s love shows brightly through him.

Bilfred mainly known as Obed is just one of thirty students graduating from our vocational schools.  Thanks to each of you who pray and support our students, staff and ministry here.  We are truly seeing God give hope through the gospel and through vocational training.

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