We are so excited to be able to continue staying in communication with our feeding center kids! A couple of weeks ago we were able to visit some of the kids that were with us each week. Many of the families are not able to work in this time and are struggling. It was such a privilege to be able to bring them bags of food to try to help them.
Also in our visits with the kids, we were able to weigh them to make sure that they are continuing to grow in this time when they are not able to visit the feeding center twice a week like before.
The most important thing, though, was being able to ask the families how we could pray for them and spend a time in prayer together. With everything going on, it can be easy to feel scared or without hope, but it was such a blessing to remind the families and ourselves that God is in control and He is taking care of us.
We can’t wait for the next time we are able to visit!
The restrictions continue to increase here in Guatemala as time goes on. As you may know, this last weekend the president required small stores only to be open from 8-11 AM and no vehicle use. Now this weekend, the rules have become even more strict. This weekend, nothing will be allowed open and no one is allowed out of their house until Monday morning. This will be a challenge for many as there are a lot of people here that buy what they need each day.
As a ministry we are praying for this country as so many people are struggling. We feel grateful that God has allowed us to continue on during this difficult time to continue to reach as many people as possible. As we have mentioned before, we are very grateful for technology in this time especially because we are able to keep in touch with the students as well as spread the Gospel through the broadcasted church services. We ask that you pray with us for the staff and students of Love Guatemala, and the people of Guatemala.
The numbers have continued to rise here in Guatemala as the virus spreads to different towns across the country. As that happens, the president continues to make the rules more and more strict. This weekend he ordered almost a 24 hour home quarantine. People are only allowed to leave their homes from 8-11 AM and only for essential things. They also are not allowed to leave in vehicles and are required to wear their mask. It can feel like a scary time, but we do not need to fear because God is also doing big things in the midst of all of this.
One thing is that we are so excited to announce that the Matching Gift Campaign raised over $24,000 for Love Guatemala! We feel so blessed to be able to receive funds that help Love Guatemala continue to work with students, work with members of the community, spread the Gospel, and change lives.
Another thing that is a huge blessing is the fact that the number of people that watch the live broadcasts of the students and staff devotionals and the church services is continuing to grow. We see people who may not normally attend taking time to watch the services and we know that through that, God is changing lives.
Our students are also constantly amazing us with how well they are doing. The teachers are continuing to work with them and they are doing a great job with all their work. Even though the transition back to the classroom (whenever that may be) may be challenging, we are confident our students will jump back in and thrive!
We are grateful for your continued prayers in this time!
With ever changing circumstances, we are so proud of the way our teachers, staff, and students are doing with classes from home. Each day, as we receive updates we are amazed at the motivation we see from everyone. Many students have sent in videos and photos to show what they have been working on. We get everything from paintings, to woodworking projects, to decorated cakes. We enjoy seeing their perseverance during this time of unknowns.
Love Guatemala is also doing their best to help the community in this season of crisis. The ministry has partnered with another local ministry run by Chris Steed to provide relief to the families that have been left with nothing. With many work opportunities being shut down, many people have been left without a way to provide for their families. Every two weeks, food is bought to be put in bags and help the people who need it. You can check it out here!
Another exciting thing is the Matching Gift Opportunity! This means that every dollar you give, it will be matched. Each donation doubles the impact for the ministry! This is the second week, and there is still more to be raised to reach the goal of $16,000. With that money, the students will continue receiving classes, kids will continue to be fed in the feeding center, and the community will continue to hear the good news about Jesus! You can help reach the goal by donating here!
We are excited because God is still working through this time of COVID19 at Love Guatemala and around the world. Even though there are no classes in the Love Guatemala building, the expenses are still the same or more because we are doing classes from home, paying our staff and providing food for those that need it. We have been praying for God to provide for us financially and we are so grateful that He does! At this time, we are so happy to announce that we are starting a matching gift opportunity!
*Some of our staff doing staff prayer and devotionals together
Each dollar that is given is matched dollar for dollar up to $16,000 until May 5th. Our goal is to raise $32,000 in total to support the expenses of Love Guatemala. We are so grateful for this amazing opportunity for a matching gift to help support the ongoing expenses for Love Guatemala!
*One of our Basicos teachers, teaching an online class
If you are looking to donate a portion of the stimulus money the government has been giving to help in this difficult time, this would be a great opportunity! These funds will be used to continue serving the staff, students and the community. It will help us continue to share the Gospel and give hope! You can be a part of this by clicking here and donating. (All you have to do is select the “Matching Gift” option under areas of support.)
Please consider giving to help Love Guatemala continue to spread hope and change lives.
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The students and teachers have been working hard in their classes since quarantine started. We are very proud of how the teachers have been working to make sure their students continue to receive the education they need. The students have also been very responsible with sending pictures and videos of what they have been working on! Below are some photos sent in by cooking school students!
Each week the teachers check in with each of their students as well as send them homework assignments. Even though it is not the same hands-on teaching as in the classroom, the students are still learning and getting the attention they need to continue learning. You can check out what one teacher said about the experience by clicking on the photo below!
As we continue spreading hope during this strange time, we ask that you join us in praying for the country and the ministry. Also, we are still in need of donations for monthly expenses. You can help us at Love Guatemala by donating here! Thank you so much for your continued support!
With everything going on around the world, Love Guatemala and New Life Church has been looking for ways to help the community.
It can be challenging because everyone in Guatemala is beginning quarantined. On Thursday, some of Love Guatemala staff and members of the church were able to put together bags of food for people in the community who are in need. There are many families with elderly that shouldn’t go out, or people that with lack of work, will not have money to buy food. We feel very blessed to have been able to deliver food to 25 families.
In delivering food, it was an awesome chance to also give hope to those families. In this time, we want to continually remind people that God is in control and we shouldn’t be afraid. It was such a great opportunity to remind families of that and pray with them.
Another huge blessing is that we are in an age of technology. The chance to share live videos allows the ministry to share the hope of Jesus with students, their families, and people in the community. We feel very thankful that we can share with people as they stay safe in their homes.
Please continue to pray with us as we pray for Guatemala and all the countries affected.
The challenging times we are in with the coronavirus is affecting everyone. Love Guatemala is no exception. Guatemala has a growing number of cases and they are taking extreme precautions to keep it from spreading any further. This is very important in a country that can not even handle normal day illnesses led alone a large amount of people affected by this disease. They have put everything and everyone basically on lock-down. This means that our school is closed and no gatherings allowed.
However, we are still remaining in contact with our staff and students and doing whatever we can to help. We also assigning our students homework so they can continue to learn as much as possible while classes are not in session. We are trying to encourage and love on people during this time. One verse we talked about recently was 2 Timothy 1:7 which says that fear does not come from God. Our response as a ministry is one of faith and love. We are encouraged and we know that the Lord is still working.
We are continuing to love our staff, students and neighbors. We are going to be purchasing some food to hand out to the most vulnerable, especially those connected with our schools. We stay in contact with our staff and students as much as possible encouraging them to stay encouraged and filled with faith during this time.
How can you help?
- Please continue to pray with us for all affected everywhere. The president here challenged everyone to fast and pray this Saturday.
- Please continue to support Love Guatemala during this challenging time even though the economy is not good. Our expenses do not change even though our classes are not in session.
Thank you for all your prayers and support!
We are so happy to be able to see all of the new students that have signed up for cooking this year! Pablo is one of our students this first year.
He is so excited to be able to have the opportunity to study in Love Guatemala. It is quite a sacrifice though for him to be able to attend his classes. He lives in a town about 5 hours from Magdalena. So to be able to study here, he rents a room to stay in the area. It is not easy for him to be so far from his friends and family, but he knows it is worth it to be able to better his future and study something he loves! It is a wonderful thing to see the students display such dedication as they choose to continue their education. We are proud of Pablo and all of our cooking school students!
Pablo is still in need of a sponsor. If you or someone you know would be interested in sponsoring Pablo, you can click here! You can also watch Pablo’s video about his experience in Love Guatemala here!
We are so excited to be able to highlight cooking school this month! They are a special group of students and we love being able to see them shine in what they love to do! Our goal for this month is to get five students sponsored. We love being able to connect students to sponsors. It is so cool to see how they get to know each other through letters and photos. If you are interested in sponsoring a student, these are some of the students that we are hoping to get sponsored!
Hilda Esperanza Perez Salami is a dedicated student who loves to bake. Her dream is to become a professional baker and she is pushing herself to study hard to make her children and husband proud!
Jessica Isabel Acajabon Hernandez is so excited for the opportunity to be able to study in the cooking school. A few years ago, her brother got sick so she was not able to continue in her studies. Now her parents have given her the chance to start back up again and she is thrilled. She loves to cook and loves to learn!
Andy Alan Serech Cumes loves being able to be a part of the cooking school. He travels from a place about 5 hours away just so he can study in Love Guatemala! His dream is to become a professional chef and be able to help his family in the future.
Jose Pablo Cortez Matzar loves being able to learn how to cook. He is also from a town far away so he rents a room in Magdalena to be closer to school. He was very grateful to be able to find Love Guatemala and is happy to be able to learn all about cooking and baking! You can see what he has to say about studying in Love Guatemala in the video here!
Evelyn Rosario Martinez Velasquez was very happy to be able to find Love Guatemala. Her family does not have a lot of money and Love Guatemala is a lot more affordable for them. She loves cooking and baking and is hoping to have a future in that. She wants to open her own place one day and be able to give back some of what her parents have given to her.
Sponsoring a student helps them to continue doing what they love and it helps them achieve their goals and dreams. Consider sponsoring a cooking school student today!