In Guatemala last week, it was a time of celebrating independence. In Love Guatemala this September 12, we had our cultural celebration where all our students participated in dances, poems, plays, etc. It was very nice to see the students excited and willing to participate in our activity. Seeing them motivated and feeling proud of being Guatemalan motivates us to continue doing activities like these.
We also had the participation of the candidates for Miss Love Guatemala. Each school had its own candidate and each candidate spent a lot of time preparing. Each presentation was wonderful and did a great job representing Guatemala. It is very exciting to see the progress of each student and how they are breaking their shyness more and more.
More and more students are involved in different participations, and that fills us with joy. Glory and Honor be to God
Being a part of a short term mission trip is a life changing experience.
Mission trips don’t just help people in the community that need it. It’s true that they do help people, but more than that, you will see God work in ways that you’ve never seen before. He will help you see things in a whole new perspective. He will give you the opportunity to be part of a community with your other team members. And He will help you grow closer to Him.
We have been blessed to have had teams here this year. We love being able to see team members interact with the students, the kids, and the members of the community. It is wonderful because even though most teams don’t speak Spanish, they are still able to connect and show love to the people here.
If you would like to be part of a mission team, you can get in touch with us and we will send you information on teams traveling from your area! We would love to connect with you and tell you more about what a trip looks like. Consider being part of a team, because being part of a short term mission trip is truly a
life changing experience.
You can check out more about what it is like to come on a short term mission trip by watching our newest video!
Love Guatemala is in Mission Peten. 520.6 kilometers, 12 hours one way traveling by bus.
We are very grateful to our God for the opportunity he is giving us to have a team leave Love Guatemala and to go to another part of the country to work and talk about the love of our God. This week they are on a mission trip in Peten, a beautiful part of Guatemala that is very withdrawn from us. But that is not an impediment for God, because God put in our hearts the desire to work elsewhere and share the different talents that God has given us. He blessed us with the funds to go because everyone worked hard in different activities to be able to have the necessary economic funds. The process to raise money was a pleasant and new experience for everyone.
Each member has their work plan with different activities. We are very excited about what the team is going to do in Peten.
We have a plan and projects, but we know that God has control. Everyone is all very excited to meet and share. We pray and ask God to be the one who guides the path.
The mission is to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray that the great love of our God can be shown. Glory and Honor to God.
On Monday, July 29, we finished studying the book of Colossians. It was a very special morning because the devotional was given by the students of Love Guatemala. Each classroom presented a summary, and also what they learned when studying Colossians.
It was a great blessing to see the students in front talking about the word of God. We are very happy to know that God is making changes in the lives of our students. God is showing us his love more and more. Some of the students are very shy and quiet, but for the devotional, we were surprised because they came forward to talk about what God is doing in their lives and the changes they are making to please Him. Glory and honor be to God.
The work on the construction is moving along and it is beautiful to see the progress that has been made over this short course of time!
As of right now, the construction of the dome over the top of the multipurpose area has begun. The walls are being built up, with spaces for windows along the top and soon the dome will be able to be put over the top of it.
The stairs that combine the two properties have been built and look great! With the addition of the stairs it is really starting to come together and it makes it feel more like one property instead of two.
At this point, we are still short about six thousand dollars. Once that money is raised, the dome and the multipurpose area will be able to be completed! If you would like to give, to help with this project, you can go to loveguatemala.org/give (mark as expansion project) or send a check to the physical address which is 4201 E. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46201. We are so excited and hopeful for this next step in the construction. God is faithful and we know He will help provide the money needed! Thank you so much for your continued support and prayers!
A couple weeks ago we were so blessed to have had Bridge church here with us! They did a lot of different projects here and we loved seeing them connect with everyone.
The team worked hard on the land next store with the construction. They moved mounds of dirt to fill in holes by the walls as well as moved piles of gravel from one place to another. After that, they moved blocks so that the wall that leads to the new stairs could begin.
They were able to build two chicken coops and two bunk beds that were a huge blessing. They also bought chickens so that they could bring them to two families. The families now will be able to have a source of income as they take care of the chickens and sell them when they get big enough. And two more families were blessed with more places to sleep. The team had a great time being able to deliver them to families as well!
Another cool thing that the team was able to do was teach in the cooking and art school. Part of the team stayed in the cooking school to teach them how to make a chicken tortilla soup and two different cobblers as dessert. The cooking students loved being able to learn new recipes that they can use!
The other part of the group worked with the art school students. They had them draw and paint a picture of a Bible verse or story that they like and then explain why they picked that passage. The paintings turned out beautifully and now the students will have a way to share about the Bible by talking about their paintings!
Towards the end of the trip, they got to spend time with the kids from the feeding center. They served them their meal, played games, and broke a piñata with them. The kids loved being around the team and playing with them!
We are so thankful to have had them come here and serve!
To see more of what the team did on their trip to Love Guatemala, you can check out their team video here!
This next Monday we will be beginning 10 days of prayer. We are asking each of our staff members as well as the members of New Life Church to pray with us. We want each person to pray for one specific personal prayer request and set aside some time each day to pray. Some of our team will be praying at 6am each day during these 10 days.
Will you consider joining us in prayer? Mark 11:22-25 says this, “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Let’s pray together and believe God for big things in our lives during this time. Here are some specific ways you can pray:
- Continued gospel transformation in our staff and students.
- Wisdom for the leadership and board of Love Guatemala.
- Practicas/Internships that the graduates s are starting this week.
- Graduation in October and all the students graduating.
- Operational Funds needed for Love Guatemala.
- The rest of the funds need for the expansion project.
Thanks for praying with us!
Love Guatemala Team
This past July 19th, the students were invited to another school for a sports morning. Love Guatemala had one team of men and one of women, and both of which played soccer. They had fun and had the opportunity to share with other schools. The students suprised us with their attitude and everyone behaved in the best way. We prayed before starting the activity and the students put themselves in an attitude of prayer. At the end of the activity, the girls of Love Guatemala won second place of girls soccer. The boys won first place, and we also won the first place of athletics. We are very proud of our students here at Love Guatemala, not only for seeing them win, but for the behavior they showed. God is making change in the lives of students, to Him be the glory.
This past week has been a blessing to everyone. We are thankful to God that Piedmont was able to be here to share and spend time with the students, staff, and community.
This week they were able to do many things. They spent an afternoon playing soccer with some of our students. They also worked with the people who needed medical help by doing a medical clinic one of the days they were here. About 60 people were blessed with medical treatment and medicines that will help them feel better.
The team was able to participate in the students final project activity. They were able to see how much the students have worked and improved in all that they have learned. The team received a wonderful meal prepared by the cooking school and served by students from the art, carpentry, and cooking school, and everything translated by English school students. We are very proud of the students and very happy that the team could participate.
Another thing they were able to do is build a house and a chicken coop for a single mother. They did a great job working together and the mom and her two children are very grateful to have the help. The house turned out beautiful and will be a huge help to the family for years to come.
Pastor Jerry and his team are a big blessing to the Love Guatemala family. Every time they visit us they always bring blessings to share. It is a great blessing to have the support of Piedmont church. We are very thankful to them for leaving their country, their families, their activities, leaving everything and coming to Guatemala to give us their time. God bless you.
You can check out the team video here! :
Last week the students that will be graduating this year worked on their final project. They all did such a great job!
The students from the cooking school cooked and presented a wonderful three course meal to the people they invited, the staff, and the team from Piedmont Church in Georgia. There were two teams who each had different recipes to prepare. They each prepared a soup, a main course, and a dessert. Everyone enjoyed their meal and were very impressed by the quality of the food as well as the professionalism that the students showed.
We also had two students from art, carpentry, and English who participated in the event. Our carpentry student helped serve food as well as made beautiful trays that were used to serve food. Our art student also helped prepare the tables and serve food. And our English students helped to translate for the team that was there.
We are so happy to see the progress that the students have made and are very proud of all the hard work that they put into their final projects!