Ben & Jennifer serve as General Directors with Love Guatemala and Pastor of New Life Church Guatemala. Ben & Jennifer have 5 boys and 2 girls and have been married for almost 22 years. Before serving with Love Guatemala, Ben served as a Pastor at Indy Metro Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Jennifer first took a short-term trip to Guatemala in January of 2011. Through this trip God opened her eyes to the needs and opportunities to serve the people of Guatemala. But more importantly she fell in love with the people there. This love and passion was a constant thing even after returning. Through this process the Kunkel’s knew that God had a role in serving with Love Guatemala in some form. Ben then took a trip to Guatemala in June of 2011 and sensed the Lord leading us to be involved in some way with Love Guatemala as well. After much prayer and counsel they decided that God was leading them to move to Guatemala and serve with Love Guatemala full time. Through a yearlong process of many challenges God continued to make clear this was the next step for the Kunkel family.
They have now been serving for nearly 8 years with Love Guatemala. God has taught and grown the Kunkels in many ways during this time. God has made many changes with Love Guatemala as well during this time. The Lord has grown the trade schools and expanded the ministry. The Lord has provided for a 10,500 square foot Vocational Training Center where the vocational schools now operate.
In 2018 they were able to plant Iglesia Nueva Vida (New Life Church) in partnership with New Life Network. The church has grown to over 50 people with close to 70 people in discipleship groups. They have seen over 40 people baptized and many decisions for Jesus. In 2020 a Bible Institute was started in partnership with New Life Network to train future church planters and pastors. They plan to continue planting churches and training pastors and church planters in Guatemala in coordination with New Life Network
My name is Carlos Enrique Lopez. I have been with Love Guatemala from when it first began. I have worked in different areas and I have seen how God, in the midst of his mercy, has been in each project we have carried out. He has worked in the lives of the schools, the students, the staff, with my family, but specifically with me.
Today I am working in leadership. Every year I prepare the training project for the staff and for the final year students. I do all this with the support of Guatemala Prospera, which is part of John Maxwell’s team in Guatemala, and of course with the support of teachers to give training to students. I also work with a leadership training program for all Love Guatemala staff. This helps me to be able to lead because I learn with each training I give.
Every year we receive missionaries from all over the United States. They come to serve in the community and do different projects. Another part of my job is organizing, planning and executing the different activities that we are able to do with them.
I appreciate all the support you give us, thank you for your prayers for the Love Guatemala ministry and for my family.
My name is Katherine Lopez and my dad is Carlos Lopez and my mom is Thelma Lopez. I have a brother Pabel. About a year ago I started helping Love Guatemala with different small projects such as selling t-shirts, paintings and other things. I have always like to serve and it has shaped my life. I also know Love Guatemala is helping many people in Magdalena.
Now thanks to God I am working for Love Guatemala as the administrative assistant. I feel very happy serving there. It feels like a big family and I know that God is doing big things there. I feel blessed and I am learning a lot of new things and especially more about God. I am very happy and I will continue helping Love Guatemala and those who need me when I can.
TELMA LIZETH HERNANDEZ DE LOPEZ
Art School Teacher
My name is Telma de Lopez. I have been with Love Guatemala from the beginning. I work with teaching the art school. I have seen many students over the years, all with different problems in their life and in that of their family. I have seen that hope only comes through God and that is what we are doing in Love Guatemala. We are giving hope to Guatemalans through the Gospel! I have seen several of my students make new lives for themselves and I know that only God can do that. Some have become skilled in the art of painting and that gives me great happiness to know that they are excelling what they have learned. Now they can have a trade to to be able to help their families. But the thing that gives me the most happiness, is that I have found true hope. That hope is Christ. My family is blessed. I thank you all for your prayers and for your support. May the Lord bless you.
My name is Lidia Ester Chanta Bautista, I am 47 years old. I am married with 3 children, and I live in Magdalena Milpas Altas.
I have always needed to work to help my husband so I sold vegetables at the market, but the pay was too low. Then, I heard from Love Guatemala that they were giving cooking classes, so I thought that if I could learn to make cakes, I could sell them and help my family. Thank God I was able to finish my studies and had the privilege of being one of the graduates of Love Guatemala’s cooking school. After that I decided to go talk to Carlos about a job opportunity and he told me that he was starting the feeding center, and they offered me the job. God gave me the privilege of being there for 4 years and it was a great blessing for my life to work with the kids.
After that, I was a surprised when they called me asking if I wanted to accept a new challenge of being a cooking school teacher and I accepted. I continue now to prepare more and more to be able to teach my students.
I feel very blessed because God is giving me the opportunity to help many students, not only materially, but in their spiritual life. My prayer is that they would recognize Christ as their savior.
I am very grateful to God because being a part of Love Guatemala is a great blessing especially for my family. Thank you.
I am 42 years old and there are 4 of us in our family, my wife Lesbia, and my daughter and son, Jaimie and Carlos. My childhood was not bad. I had a mom who loved me and taught me good things even though I did not know how to read she had patience with me and my dad corrected me when I needed it. They wanted me to go to school but when I was a teen I began to do things I should not do like drink, smoke and go places I shouldn’t go. They talked to me about God but I didn’t care. When I got together with my wife I came to live in Magdalena. Everything continued the same. I had a son, Pedro, who passed away when he was 5 months old. This was very hard but I still continued in life the same. My wife and I got married in 2002 and then I got sick in 2003. I was not able to work for 2 years. My wife has supported me a lot and she was always working. I decided to start a carpentry shop at my house but my health problems were very hard. My life began to change in 2012 when God gave me the opportunity to work for Love Guatemala in the carpentry school. I am in the place to serve and I know that God loves me and will never leave me and that he is good and has forgiven me.
Luvia Rosalba Xoc Puac
My name is Luvia Rosalba Xoc Puac. I live in Santiago, Sacatepequez, I am the English teacher. I like to teach because I want to give to others what I have learned; not only a language, but also about God. In Love Guatemala, I have learned a lot of special things about God.
I am married and I have 2 daughters. My father is a farmer and my mom is a housewife. I have one brother and one sister. For my husband and I, It has been a difficult journey, but God has always provided for us in different situations. Before I started to work in Love Guatemala , I worked with my father in the field, planting and harvesting vegetables, I always asked God to give me an opportunity to have a job, because our situation was very difficult, and God did! Now I am be able to help my family.
We had a very hard situation, but God rescued me. I can say that God is a great father.
Mailyn Michel Bautista Valenzuela
Hello My Name is Maylin Michel Bautista Valenzuela. I am 22 years old. I feel so blessed working at Love Guatemala. I have been working there for 3 years. I love to serve the people of my town by teaching English classes, but even more than that, is to be able to serve God. My relationship with God started a long time ago but I was baptized 2 years ago. To be honest, I have had a lot of difficult times in my life, but I know that God is the King of Glory and I have to keep going and trust Him. Pastor Ben has been very supportive and always asks how my relationship with God is. He says “persevere in the Word” Love Guatemala has changed lives though the Gospel, including my own. I am grateful for Love Guatemala and I am grateful that my students are like my second family.
Hello, my name is Ana Maria del Rosario López Pérez. I am 25 years old, and for 5 years, I have been working for the Love Guatemala Educational Center. For the first 3 years I was in charge of the Literacy Program, where I had the opportunity to to be able to meet and share with many people of all different ages. Now, I am the secretary for Love Guatemala from Monday to Friday and Saturdays I am a teacher for a class in the Literacy Program.
Love Guatemala has been a great blessing for my life. For me it is a great honor to be part of the Love Guatemala Family, since in all this time they have supported me to grow personally, professionally and above all spiritually.
My name is Sergio Nicolas López García. I am 29 years old. I have a beautiful family. I am married with two children. Life has not been easy. Since I was little I had to work very hard to get what I have today. My parents were farmers all their lives and they worked very hard to help me move forward in life. Today I can thank God because I have a wonderful profession; that of being a teacher. I owe everything to them to God and my parents.
Arriving at Love Guatemala in 2020 has opened a great door for me, not only because I can grow as an individual, but I also have the opportunity to support people in the community. Also at the same time, I am able to see the favor and grace that God has for my life through His Word.
LESBIA EUGENIA HERNANDEZ PEREZ
Nurse & Medical Assistant
I am 41 years old. My growing up years were very difficult because my parents separated when I was 11 years old. There are 6 siblings in my family and I am the third of them. When I was 13 I started working to help my mom with my household expenses and with my siblings. I grew up with my maternal grandparents. I carry in my heart thanks to them I learned the value of respect love and work.
When I was 20 my first daughter was born. She is now 20 years old. I had my second a son who died but for me it is a very nice memory. His name was Pedro. When I was 28 my son Carlos Fernando. It was a very complicated pregnancy but I was blessed because he is still with us and he is 14 years old. My kids are my reason to fight everyday to have a better life than I had.
I have always worked to help with the expenses in my home. My husband met Carl Bunso and he invited him to work at the carpentry school. God had plans for our lives. We then met Sandy and she helped me to finish my nursing school.
I currently work with Love Guatemala but more important is that I don’t only work but I am learning about the love of God. In the future I will have changes in my life because God is changing my heart. I am very happy to belong to this ministry.