Our Mission and Goal
Our mission is to spread God's love through His Word, through our words, through our works, and with His help. Our goals are to break individual poverty cycles and to provide short term relief to children and families where ever we can.
THIS MONTH'S FOCUS
PROJECT CHRISTMAS 2019
Once in a while, you should relax and dance like gorillas. It's okay.
Latest News and Notes
Once in a while, everyone deserves to bask in the fun and frivolous blessings God gave us.
That's what we've been doing for the past month or so. We are just back from enjoying a beautiful New Jersey autumn with my family, including my three grandchildren.
Our women and children's ministries continued under the auspices of our Guatemalan volunteers, but it was great to see our program kids again this week.
Now we head into the busiest (and our favorite) time of the mission year, Navidad... when we celebrate God's birth by proclaiming the story and promise of Christmas to hundreds and hundreds of people of all ages.
We could use some more donations to help us spread the Good News of Christ's birth and life on earth with as many folks as possible. Please go to our DONATE page if you can help.
We recently came into ownership of a small baking oven and are wondering if there is potential to raise funds by selling baked goods while also enhancing the meals we serve to our children.
THANK YOU to our anonymous donor who agreed to sponsor our little Catalina as she starts pre-primary school in January. Please join us in praying for this generous supporter.
Finally, we need continued prayer for our friend pastor Feliciano, head of the Cocales church site, and his family as the pastor continues battling cancer. The community is helping the family while his sons run the mission and services.
Every December, about two dozen volunteers join Yesenia and I as we hit the road to proclaim God's Love, and explain the Greatest Gift man has ever known.
That gift, of course, is Jesus' birth and the life and death and life that followed... so that we could be saved.
It is an awesome thing to share that story. It is joyful to tell people we do it and bring gifts because we love them as Jesus tells us to.
Last year, we shared the Promise and Love of Jesus with over 1,000 children and hundreds of parents and other adults.
There are no words to describe the mood at these events. From the opening words to the sharing of simple food.
It is not just the kids who see piles of toys and wrapped boxes, it is grown-ups hugging us and whispering "God bless you" with a tear in their eye that lifts our spirits and has us so anxious to do it again.
We are flexible in scheduling these days and can add locations and dates with little-to-no notice. So it is never too late to make a donation that will help us share Jesus another group or family.
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT:
*Our women's ministry learned to bake bread and pizza as part of a project aimed at empowering women by teaching skills. We purchased a small over, so get ready to place your pizza order if you visit La Cuchilla.
*Why we go to Jersey: Next to our Cata is Nate, Kenzie, and Savannah.
*Please keep Pastor Feliciano and his family in your prayers as his cancer battle continues.
*Christmas toys fill our center hall. By the time we start distributing, our living room, dining room, passageways, and guest room will be loaded with prepared food baskets, toys, and practical gifts.
*We started celebrating the birthdays of all the kids born in a particular month with cake, candles, a pinata, and treats. We break the pinata in the garage that doubles as our cooking area.