This week the classrooms are doing their exams from the second unit. Some students are very nervous, but other students are very confident that it will be easy. That is because they prepared and studied to have good grades.
It’s amazing how time passes. Thank God we are seeing the students’ progress! We can see it because each time they turn in their work, it is better. Now in the exams they are working alone. The teacher only observes them. Each classroom has different activities, but each teacher performs new techniques so that the student have a good learning experience.
Thanks to God, the children are excited to know that they will be able to work alone, because there they will be able to demonstrate their capacity and their creativity.
As many have already seen we are in the midst of a construction project. We are building to expand our facilities to provide more opportunities for growth and life impact. Our focus right now is in the multi-purpose facility where we can hold larger activities for Love Guatemala and also host sports events and ministries. This will also open up more space inside the current facility for growth.
Here are some more pics of the property:
We are almost finished with the walls, but we are in need of about $30,000 more to finish the floor and roof of the multi-purpose space. Our goal is to accomplish this before our graduation in October. Please pray for this with us for these funds!
Thanks for your prayers and support!
This past week we had the joy of having a team from Virginia here. It was led by Kim Page and it was a mother daughter team. We had a great time having them here and they were able to experience many things.
They taught a couple art classes to the art student and the students had a lot of fun learning new painting techniques. They were also able to build bunk beds and deliver them to two families. The team had a great time doing that because they loved seeing the smiling faces of the children who received their new beds. Along with that they visited and delivered food that they packaged to families who needed it. They had such a nice time visiting the families and being able to spend time with them.
They also helped out some of our students who had activities to help them prepare for after they graduate. The students made and served food and the English students translated for the team. Then the team was able to give them ideas on what they did well and things they could improve on.
On their last day here they hiked up to the prayer mountain. There, they heard a devotional, had a time of worship, and had a time of prayer. It was a beautiful time!
We are so grateful for the time they were able to be here and their willingness to serve Guatemala. We hope to see them again soon.
You can check out the team’s video and see a preview of what they did this past week here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWpYMJygs64
My name is Allison Herron and I am from Waynesboro, Virginia. I’m 20 years old, and I am currently interning here at Love Guatemala for the summer. I am currently studying to become a Social Worker. The first time I visited Love Guatemala was last July, and I remember feeling at home. I returned once again in October and talked with Pastor Ben about the possibility of interning during the summer. At that time my mom was very sick with stage 4 breast cancer. Because of this, I had no idea if it was in God’s plan for me to spend the whole summer away from her. She passed away in December and it has been incredibly difficult for me. For a while I didn’t even think about spending the summer in Guatemala, but I began to fervently pray about my future. The Lord made it so clear to me that His timing is perfect and I was indeed meant to serve in Guatemala this summer. I feel very privileged to have this opportunity and I am excited to see how God is going to work this summer in my own heart and the heart’s of others!
One of the programs we have at Love Guatemala is our primary school. This began as a literacy program for many of our students who did not know how to read or write but it has expanded. Now it serves not just as a literacy program, but as a way for students to finish their primary education. Our goal and prayer is to expand this to middle and high school eventually. Below are a few pictures and an update from the teacher.
This was a visit that some of the primary students did with an elderly lady. We are teaching not only basics in education but how to love and minister to people.
In the literacy school there are students of different ages, and everyone has the desire for personal improvement. Most of them are from a low income, and some did not have the opportunity to play and be in a school when they were small.
In the classroom there is a 15-year-old young lady. She is struggling to learn and be able to earn her primary education. For her, it is a dream to continue with her studies, and unfortunately, she does not have the support of her parents. The only one who is at her side and who believes in her is her grandmother, but she is positive and always smiling. It is a blessing to support these young people who have dreams and who fight against the negative things that others may say.
Thanks to God the students have a creative and dynamic teacher. Now the students have homework where they are exposed to the different tasks where they can use their own creativity. They also use the computers for their research, Thanks to God, the students are learning more and more everyday.
You can sponsor this program or one of the students in this important program here.
Thanks for your support!
Our very first school was the art school. Leading this school since day one was Telma Lopez. She does an amazing job leading and loving these kids. We are grateful for her! Read a little more about here and the art school below.
Telma has an incredible creativity, because in all of Love Guatemala’s activities she is in charge of all the decorations. She always has imagination and new things to do.
The art school has become Telma’s second home. She loves the kids a lot and is always advising them to act in the best way. She always cares about each student.
Right now Telma is getting over being sick. She has been getting sick with the flu often, but this time she had problems with her lungs. But thanks to God she already has treatment with the doctor. Her recovery was very slow, but now she is much better. She was sick for two weeks, but thank God she is now able to be back to work.
Telma is a woman who is a fighter, a lover, a believer of God and a very good mother. It is a blessing to know that we can count on her.
You can sponsor Telma or the Art School here.
Thanks for your support!
As you may have seen on the first of April Love Guatemala began an expansion project. Our ultimate goal is for a multipurpose center there. The space will provide us a large space (seat around 500) to hold larger activities such as Graduation, Gala, Mother’s Day Activity etc. It will also serve as a space to play sports and minister to the community in this way. This space will also give us more space to park. It will have bathroom facilities, storage and a kitchen. Below you can see a rough draw up of it. The bottom of the pic butts up against the current space. The left part is the sports area and multi-purpose space. To the right is the storage, bathrooms and kitchen. The top right in the future will be another facility to house other schools and initiatives.
Right now as you can see we are just enclosing the property. The next step is the floor for the sports and multipurpose area and parking. Then we want to put a roof over the sports and multipurpose area. Then we will do the kitchen, bathroom and storage area.
Right now we have the funds for the enclosure which they should finish in another month or so. Will you pray with us for the rest of the funds? We need another $10,000 for the next step. Thanks for praying! Below are some more pictures of where we are now.
One of the ways we give hope is through our feeding center. See a quick update and a few pictures here.
The children’s feeding center is very helpful for many different people. Some of the children that visit us have nothing to eat. It is so special to see the children enjoy a plate of food. The truth is that there are no words for that emotion.
God is faithful. We have no doubt that God is blessing the resources of the feeding center. Each week around 30 to 40 children visit us. Some of them find it difficult to understand their homework so Doña Olga, the lady who cooks, helps the children to do their homework. She cooks and also shares the word of God at every meal. We are blessed to be able to give the children a meal twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The theme now that Doña Olga is teaching the children in the word of God is Baptism. Thanks to God not only the children receive this teaching but also their mothers who attend with them.
The smiles and joy of the boys and girls is a gift from God. Thank you very much for being part of the lives of these children! God bless your life and your plans!
You can sponsor a child for an entire year in the feeding center for $150.
Give Here: www.loveguatemala.org/give
This Tuesday, we had our Mother’s Day celebration. It was such a great time of joy and appreciation for all the mothers of our students here. There were a lot of prizes to win, a skit, and dinner afterward.
The day was started off with a skit put on by the students in the carpentry school. They talked about how mothers are angels that care for us. They all did a great job and were very creative.
The moms also had a chance to win a lot of prizes. There were prizes available for moms who answered special questions, as well as a prize for the one who arrived first. There was also a raffle so that all the mothers had a chance to win. There was everything from decorations to food prizes.
One of our English students, Olga, who is also a pastor, gave the sermon about Ruth and Naomi. She talked about how God commands us to love one another. It was a beautiful reflection and the moms seemed to really enjoy it.
The evening ended with dinner and the mothers being able to bring home their gifts home from their children. They ate a typical Guatemalan dish and the cooking students made the dessert as well as served the meal.
We are so grateful to be able to have the opportunity to have this celebration to show how much we appreciate all the moms of the students!
This month we will have our Mother’s Day celebration. Our party will be this May 7. We are very grateful to God because He has given us the financial resources to have an afternoon of celebration with food prizes and many surprises! All the classes are preparing a special gift for their dear mothers. We are holding a card contest and the best card will have an award for its effort. It is difficult to reward the best because all the students have surprised us with their creativity. Each classroom will have a first place, but we also are having to have a second place because the students did a wonderful job. It is a great blessing to see the love that students have for their family, because they are showing it in their effort working on a sweet gift.
The main Bible to base the cards on is Exodus 20:12, and the students worked hard and thought a lot about that verse. That is great blessing for us.