Impact Ministries has a Medical Clinic in Chijacorral and offers mobile clinics in the surrounding areas. Clinic Coordinator Christy Lew would like to introduce you to her staff:
Our team is small – we are just three full-time staff, but we run various public health initiatives, work with the 15+ medical/dental teams that come down each year, and handle the day-to-day health needs of our students, staff, congregations, and families.
Today, we’d like to introduce you to Isaias.
Born in Tactic, Isaias lived here several years with his grandmother before moving to a town two hours away where he worked in agriculture all through his childhood. Given the nature of this kind of work, he ended up leaving his studies for a time. He later returned to Tactic and began working in different bakeries in his late teens. During that time, he started up his studies again and finished high school.
Isaias did not come from a Christian family, but started going to church in his early adult years. He met and married his wife while they worked at the same bakery. In 2008, his wife started working as a teacher with Impact Ministries. A year later, Isaias also became a teacher in one of our schools. He began to take an interest in health, so the following year he started work in the newly established clinic in the Vida Chijacorral School.
Seven years later, Isaias has graduated from nursing school, with the desire to further his studies in this field. He and his wife work full-time, raise their five kids, and are leaders of a cell group in our Rio de Vida church. In his spare time, Isaias spends time with his family and plays soccer.
When asked why he works in the clinic, here’s what Isaias says:
“What I like about working here is that we help people at no cost to them. We are demonstrating God’s love, and everything we do is with love . . . it is easy to become lost, but each day God restores our lives here.”
Want to be part of demonstrating God’s love through Impact Ministries’ Medical Clinics? There are options to give & to go!
Give towards the Chijacorral Medical Clinic
Go to Guatemala on a Medical Team
We wanted to say a big thanks to the SFMC Medical Team that was here at the end of May! They were a huge blessing to the village of Mocohan and all the patients they served!
Friday evening May 19th, the second annual Seeds of Tomorrow gala was held at Houweling’s California Greenhouse, in Camarillo, CA, with over 80 in attendance to help those in need. The Houweling’s Seeds of Tomorrow Project is helping Impact Ministries to make huge positive shifts with the childhood hunger issues in Tactic Guatemala. Through education and healthy food programs they can help change the cycle not just now but for future generations. Through the generosity of many just over $30,000 was raised, which will provide over 75,000 meals for the feeding program in the seven Vida Schools. On behalf of Impact Ministries, we are grateful for all the efforts that went into making this event possible. We were blown away by everyone’s generosity. Words cannot express our gratitude to you all. Thank you for making the Second Annual Seeds of Tomorrow Fundraiser Gala a success!
A special thanks to all those that help to support this cause:
The Ronald Newburg Foundation
Plated Events by Jason
Totally Local VC
Koppel Patrick Heybl & Philpott
Enerdes BV Energy Design
Peter Dekker Installaties
Jensen Design & Survey
Koppert Biological Systems
Poseidon Brewing Company
Major event Trailers
Quality Packaging & Supplies
Institution Ale Company
Jose-Angel Manaiza Jr.
Plan B Wine Cellars
Desserts by Jianna
Twenty 88 Wine Bistro
Missy’s Cupcake Creations
Morsels as you Wish
Thanks also to Kat Merrick for providing the photos!
If you would still like to donate please send a check directly to Impact Ministries USA PO Box 550 Duvall, WA 98019-0550 or Donate Online - https://connect.egiving.com/seeds-of-tomorrow/impact-ministries-usa
This video highlights Impact Ministries Quinto Magisterio (12th-grade teacher track) class and the Chijacorral school. Please share this video with your friends! If you would like to support a class or learn more go to: www.impactminusa.org/support-a-class.html
On a hot summer day at Chijacorral the kids had an olympiad and competed in a variety of water filled activities. A ton of fun was had by all!
Vida Chijulhá School is taking shape! From the first brick laid earlier this month, to the walls that are currently going up . . .
Can you already imagine these classrooms filled with eager students from the village of Chijulhá?
We continue to be thankful for the special relationship between Chijulhá and Living Waters Christian School, Southwest Community Church, and East Parkland Bible Church.
Here, the Living Waters team and Guatemalan students from another Vida School joined in a time of prayer and worship at the Chijulhá site after they completed their final day of Children’s Ministry in the area.
In August, a team from Southwest will also be in Chijulhá, cementing their relationship.
Please continue to pray for the people of Chijulhá, the teams that visit, and the progress of the Vida Chijulhá School.
Exciting things are happening in the clinic! Last year, we had the incredible experience of piloting the "Salud en Acción" (Health in Action) program in Chicoy, where hand-washing and tooth-brushing were implemented into the daily routine of our students. This year, we are thrilled to share that we have now expanded the program to Mocohan! Here's to preventative health!
We are excited to announce that Impact Ministries is embarking on building a new school in the community of Chijulhá (pronounced Chee – houl – haugh). The need is great to reach out further into new communities, and it is with thankful hearts that we are moving forward with plans to build this new Vida School.
In November 2016 we had the official sod turning ceremony for our Chijulhá school. You can watch the video here. Many children in Chijulá are eager to learn, but have no access to education. They are ready to have a new school in their community! This is a location where Impact Ministries has long wanted to build a school. To this end, in 2017, the construction of this new school will be well underway, and we praise God for the opportunity to reach out to more children and families! Through this new school, not only will they receive a full academic education, but they will also learn about God’s love.
As we prepare, we remember that our mission is “To train Guatemalans for leadership by teaching biblical principles in such a way that they become integrated in their lives and effect spiritual change in their society.”
We are excited as we anticipate seeing new leaders emerge in Chijulhá – leaders who will have a profound impact on their community.
The story leading up to the construction phase of Chijulhá
Southwest Community Church (SWCC), Kamloops, BC - 320 Project
SWCC has been involved with Impact Ministries since their first mission trip to Tactic in 2004. In February of 2015 as small delegation of 5 came to install solar panels on the Chisac property and the Lord began to speak specifically to these team members about the possibility of partnering with Impact Ministries in a longer term project.
Through an amazing series of events, Danica Fletcher spearheaded the initiative and in 2015, and SWCC engaged in what they called the “320 project”. The 320 project is based on Ephesians 3:20 where it says “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
Through the 320 Project, approximately 100 people participated by each donating $320 to the building of a new school in Guatemala. We are so grateful to Southwest Community Church for the way they have contributed to the evangelization and education in the community of Chijulhá. Thank you to all of you!
Living Waters Christian School (LWCA), Spruce Grove, AB - Sister School Project
Living Waters Christian Academy sent their first team to Tactic in March, 2001. Since then, LWCA and Impact Ministries have enjoyed the experience of ministering together through many different projects (construction projects, health initiatives, ministry and evangelism). Living Waters Christian School families know that enrolling a child in school in Canada is usually not a difficult ordeal, but through their time visiting Guatemala, they realized that in other areas of the world, it’s not always that simple. Over the last several years, the students, staff, and families at LWCA have had a growing interest in entering into a program whereby they could sponsor and support a sister school in Guatemala. Living Waters Christian Academy’s vision is to be an international training community. They believe that committing to support Guatemalan students and families in practical ways has the potential to deepen the faith and generosity of their own community. Fundraising began in May, 2016 to help build a school in Chijulhá, Guatemala. Each class at LWCA has been involved in raising funds.
“Chijulhá”, in the Pokomchi language means “”close to the place where there is water”. Along with LWCA, our prayer is that streams of living water will flow in Chijulhá through God’s people!
Here is a link to a newspaper article about the Living Waters Christian School walk-a-thon to raise funds for the Chijulhá school.
East Parkland Bible Church, Stony Plain, AB
East Parkland Bible Church generously raised funds for the Chijulhá school at their Missions Conference this fall.
East Parkland Bible Church has been partnering with Impact Ministries in a variety of ways. They sent their first short term mission team in July, 2012. This was followed by further teams and individuals coming to serve longer term in Tactic. Most recently, in Oct of 2016 a dental team, led by Dr. Rod & Betty Giebelhaus, came to serve the staff and students of Impact Ministries in Tactic.
Support a Class Program with Impact Ministries
Although we are moving forward with construction on the Chijulhá school, thanks to the three parties who have generously donated, our current greatest need is still funding to cover operating costs of our existing schools. Without meeting this need, we are unable to continue reaching out into other communities that are untouched by the Gospel. Your gift of $50/ month through the Support a Class program can make a world of a difference. One step at a time, we will move forward and see the great things God has in store, believing that the next generation of godly leaders is waiting for their opportunity to rise up and impact spiritual change in their society.
Check out the short one minute video of how a church is engaging their students in missions. You can learn more about the Support A Class program by visiting the link below.
If you would like your students at your church or school to become more engaged in missions try having them support a class of students in Guatemala!
Take the Bite Out of Hunger #NoHungryKids
It is very troubling to watch a child suffer. To see a child with relentless gnawing hunger and no prospect of being fed in the next 24 hours is heartbreaking. To see parents working hard, struggling to provide food for their family is challenging. We see this every day, and we are overwhelmed!
It moves us to action!
This is why on #Giving Tuesday you will have a special opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children in Guatemala. Impact Ministries has a feeding program for all 10 of our schools. The children come to school and eat a hot meal before starting their classes. For some children, this is their only meal of the day.
Will you help nourish these precious children with food that sustains them?
You can bring hope! Join us on #Giving Tuesday, November 29th, and donate to provide hot nutritious meals to children in Guatemala. This will bring hope and encouragement to students and their families who struggle daily to have sufficient food.
Right now, because of generous donors, each dollar you donate to feed hungry children will provide 5 hot meals for the first $6,000 donated on #GivingTuesday, doubling the impact of your donation!
You can set up your #GivingTuesday gift today! Click the button below and choose the date of your gift to be November 29th.
For more information visit the #GivingTuesday webpage
We are grateful to our child sponsors and class supporters and yet with the fallen Canadian dollar we are needing to supplement with further fundraising.
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