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Guatemala Day 3

Children’s Hope Chest is an international organization which provides services to children in poverty through CarePoint sites. These sites in Guatemala are partnered with the local organization, AMBI. Zion and Faith have committed to two of the CarePoints in Guatemala, Verbena, and Tecpan by sponsoring the children attending the CarePoint. However, not all of these children have sponsors. Please prayerfully consider being a sponsor to one or more of these children as members of our team have noticed differences in just 6 months since the last trip.

 

Today we spent the whole day at the Verbena CarePoint. Candie, the CarePoint director, was presented with supplies for the children including bubbles, jump ropes, soccer balls, and a bible. Also, monetary donations from Zion and Faith allowed the CarePoint to purchase tables and chairs to furnish their site.

The day began with introductions of the team to the children and CarePoint Staff.

We completed a craft with the children that involved painting planters and planting herbs in pots for the cooks to use in the food for the children.

Children were provided snacks, lunch, and dinner which was prepared on-site. Nutrition has improved since the last visit and this is evident in the kids’ health.

Most of our time was spent interacting with the children. Activities included puzzles, bubbles, soccer game, playing on playground equipment, Simon Says, catch, hide and seek, and jumping rope.

We ended our day with the bible story of Young Jesus in the Temple. His friends and family thought He was lost, but He was in His Father’s House.

We are lost, but Jesus opens His loving arms and invites us into His Presence.

The team asks for your continued prayers for perseverance, energy, and strength.

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Guatemala Day 1

Matthew 28:19-20: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age.

Facts about Guatemala:

1. Guatemala has one of the highest poverty rates in all of Latin America.

2. Children under age 5 are chronically malnourished.

3. Families struggle to provide children’s basic needs and cannot afford school expenses.

4. From 1960-1996, a civil war left many children orphaned and abandoned after 200,000 Guatemalans were killed. UNICEF now estimates over 370,000 orphaned.

We have the awesome privilege to share the story of Salvation to the people in Guatemala.

Signs of God’s Presence:

Our suitcase full of supplies for the activities and Bible story with the children weighed EXACTLY 50 lbs.

After lunch, we looked out from the roof of our guest house and saw the beautiful rainbow peeking out from behind the clouds.

The cross of Christ is evident in the architecture and building landscape of Guatemala City. His presence with us this week is comforting to see.

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