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BEN & JENNIFER KUNKEL
Missionaries & General Director of Love Guatemala

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

 

Carlos Lopez
Director of Training

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.

 

Katherine Denisse Lopez Hernandez
Administrative and Schools Director

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.

Ana Maria del Rosario
Secretary & Literacy Program

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.

Naomi Baumann de López
Communications

I am from Bourbonnais, Illinois. I went on my first mission trip to Guatemala when I was 15 years old and completely fell in love with Guatemala. My senior year in high school, my family and I lived in Guatemala for a year and through the first trip and later the year long trip, I knew God was calling me to missions. God worked in my heart during my mission trips and when I returned to the states to study nursing. He drew me closer to Him and continued to confirm the call of missions on my life. I graduated in December 2017 and moved back to Guatemala shortly after in March of 2018. I met my husband when I worked as an intern in Love Guatemala. We have been married almost two years and have a beautiful daughter. We both work in Love Guatemala together now. I am very excited to see all that God will do in our lives and our work at Love Guatemala.

 


Mailyn Michel Bautista Valenzuela
English Teacher

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.

 

Sergio Nicolas Lopez Garcia
Básicos Program

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.

Bernarda Lorena Lopez Lopez.
Básicos Program

I live in Santo Tomas Milpas Altas. I am single and I live with my parents. I am the oldest daughter of three children. I have a degree in pedagogy (education). I studied at the University of San Carlos de Guatemala to reach the academic level where I am. I worked and studied at the same time to be able to graduate as a secretary, but my dream was to be a teacher. I started working in civic service in Santa Lucia, Milpas Altas, but in my heart I still wanted to be a teacher and I decided to do paperwork to continue studying at the university. I managed to continue studying and be able to work as a teacher in a technical career institute. I worked for 7 years with young people who really wanted to continue studying and I had the opportunity to carry out recycling projects, reforestation murals and provide help as a teacher at the technological institute of Milpas Altas Sacatepéquez. Then, due to the pandemic, the institute closed. Starting this year 2021 has been a great challenge. Starting without a job and feeling great frustration for not being able to support my parents, but God had a big opportunity for my life. An old coworker sent me a message indicating that in Love Guatemala they were looking for a teacher for basicos. I decided to knock on the doors and thanks to God, I was offered the job. I have found in Love Guatemala a lot of spiritual and academic support. I hope to help my new students fulfill their dreams while walking hand in hand with God.

Edgardo Geovani Chanta Perez.
English Teacher

I live in Magdalena Milpas Altas. It is an honor for me to be part of the Love Guatemala project. When I heard about this ministry, I wanted to be part of the staff but, for different reasons, it had not been possible. Without realizing it, I wanted things in my own time, completely forgetting that God’s timing and His works are perfect and that we must pray, wait, and accept because He does the rest. Thanks to God and my parents, I was able to finish my studies and at the age of 15, I finished high school. After that, I began to study English in La Antigua Guatemala. At first, it was very difficult and complicated because learning a language means loving its culture, history, and its people. After several years of sacrifice and perseverance, the learning process was successful. That amazing experience made me feel curious and learn another language, but, this time it is easier. Without realizing it, I had gotten a gift, which is learning different languages. I really love it. I am currently studying Italian and French at San Carlos University, and in addition to those languages I am also studying a Mayan language called Kaqchikel. I am really grateful to God and I hope to use that gift and let everybody know that putting our trust in God is the best decision that can be made.

Rony Ivan Lopez Hernandez
Basic Program

and I was born in Magdalena Milpas Altas, Sacatepequez, Guatemala. I am 23 years old and I am 4th of 5 children. I graduated with a Bachelors degree in electricity. I have the dream and vision of continuing to study at the University. I came to Love Guatemala through an invitation to sing in one of the devotionals and now I currently work for the ministry. My past has been difficult and despite this, I continue to constantly fight for each of the goals I want to achieve. Love Guatemala has opened the doors for me to be able to improve myself in knowledge and much more. I am a young dreamer and aspire to want to accomplish many things through ministry.

 

Mayra Teresa Jeronimo Mundo
Head of Cleaning

I live in Magdalena Milpas Altas. I am a single mother of three children. I am the fifth daughter of nine siblings. I have been serving in Love Guatemala for three years as manager of the cleaning area. With training that Love Guatemala has provided I have learned a lot. Love opened the doors for me and everything has been achieved with the help of God. In my life I have had many changes, the biggest one I had was to accept God in my heart. Knowing his Word helped me to continue attending church services and discipleship trainings. I am studying my basicos in Love Guatemala because I want to improve myself and achieve many things. I plan to achieve many things, including being a secretary.

Otto Hernandez
Security guard

I work as a security guard here in Love Guatemala. I have a wife and two beautiful children. I came here to this ministry as a work of God because before, we spent years working hard in the field. They were difficult years but we never stopped serving God. God allowed me to come to this ministry to give a better life not only to me but to all my family. I am grateful to God and all the people that support the ministry. We have learned a lot in the trainings and devotionals in Love Guatemala and to be able to see the discipleship of pastor Ben has been a great help and blessing. When my time here in the ministry is over I want to continue my study on weekends to be able to start a small business and spend time with my family. May God bless all those who support and pray for us here in Guatemala.

 


Luis Enrique Garcia Mixtun
Security Guard
I am 41 years old
I am a resident of Magdalena Milpas Altas. When I was 10 years old my mother passed away. It was something very sad and painful for the whole family and especially for me. I did not have the opportunity to continue studying because my father did not have a lot of money. I grew up working in agriculture until I was 18 years old.
Then I decided to get married to my wonderful wife. Her name is Elva Yolanda. God gave us 2 sons Wilmer, 23 years old and Obed 21. Now I have a daughter-in-law and a beautiful grandson.
For a while I was sick and unable to work, so my wife supported us. God did not abandon us in those difficult moments. God gave me the opportunity to meet Pastor Ben, Don Carlos and their families. I applied for a job with them and I am grateful to God for the opportunity that I was given to work in Love Guatemala working as security.

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