We’ve been asking you to provide meals for our children for #GivingTuesday – but they want to give something back, too.
Want a taste of Guatemala? Here’s a recipe for Atol de Elote – a creamy sweet corn drink that is seasoned with cinnamon and served warm.
Atol de Elote
5 cans of whole kernel corn
1 cinnamon stick
2 glasses of milk or water
Sugar to taste
Maizena Cornstarch (this is very different from Canadian cornstarch – find it in the international aisle of your supermarket)
It’s #GivingTuesday, and we have a #NoHungryKids goal of providing 20,000 meals for kids in Guatemala. Because we won’t let kids like Damiana start school hungry!
6-year-old Damiana gets up really early because it’s a long walk from her home to school. But when she gets there, Damiana receives her meal with so much joy! It’s obvious that she appreciates every last bite – even the vegetables!
There is so much need in Damiana’s home. Her father works long hours in the fields – when he gets work. Sometimes the family just can’t make ends meet. But every morning, Damiana has a smile on her face and a tummy that’s full. Now she’s ready to learn.
Will you help put a smile on the face of Damiana & children like her? It only costs 55¢ for one hot, nutritious meal for a student like Damiana. Your $11 donation can provide meals for 20 kids! How many meals will you give?
The flyers are full of #BlackFriday sales, and you can’t miss the online ads for #CyberMonday.
Can we remind you of #GivingTuesday?
In the midst of the most-hyped shopping days of the holidays, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving back. So we invite you to save the date, and join us on Tuesday, December 3rd for #GivingTuesday and our annual #NoHungryKids campaign.
In Guatemala, many families struggle to put food on the table. We’re told that over 70% of indigenous children in Guatemala suffer from malnutrition. And we know how much some of our students depend on that meal they’re served when they arrive at school.
Will you help us make sure these kids don’t go hungry? It only takes 55¢ to provide a meal to a Vida student. That means $11 provides 20 meals!
Our #GivingTuesday goal is to provide 20,000 meals for Vida students. Will you help us reach it?
This #GivingTuesday, you can give hope to children in Guatemala in the form of a hot, nutritious breakfast or lunch. Please, start thinking today about how many meals you can give next Tuesday!
As we’re kicking off our year end Build a Brighter Future campaign, it’s graduation season at our Vida schools. Graduation is always such a tangible reminder that the future CAN be bright for the children of Guatemala.
The smiles can hide the backstory, though. So often, a bright future is hard-won in Guatemala.
Like for Rosy – one of our Grade 7 grads. Abandoned first by her father, and then (in desperation) by her mother, she and her sister have grown up in the care of her grandmother. The family doesn’t have much. Even now, Rosy picks up work in the mornings before school to earn some money to help out.
But, thanks to people like you, Rosy has managed to stay in school. She’s learned to worship the Lord, and she has a wonderful singing voice. She’s already exceeded the average education level in Guatemala – a huge accomplishment for a rural indigenous female.
She has graduated from the elementary school program at Vida Chamché and will be starting Junior High at Vida Chijacorral in January. We know that more education means a brighter future for students like Rosy.
Rosy wants to be a teacher so that she can support her grandmother when she grows up. But Rosy needs your help to realize this bright future.
So we ask you to join us in building this brighter future for Rosy and for children like her. Until the end of the year, your donation to our Build a Brighter Future campaign for school construction and educational programs will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100,000!), so your dollars will stretch twice as far! We’re building more classrooms at Vida Chijacorral and making sure our students receive the programs they need.
Will you help build a brighter future for children like Rosy?
Oscar Max still remembers the short-term team visiting his home that day. He was alone with his sons when a group of foreigners and Impact staff showed up. The Canadians visited with him and his boys. They spoke words of encouragement and asked if they could pray for Oscar. “One day I will accept the Lord,” Oscar thought as they prayed.
But then the team’s driver spoke up: “Brother,” he said, “the Lord is telling me in my heart that today is the day you will accept the Lord, because the coming of the Lord is near.” Tears rolled down Oscar’s cheeks as he prepared to open his heart to God. When Oscar’s wife arrived home, she was greeted by five excited boys running out to tell her that Daddy had accepted Jesus!
This is the power of short-term missions done in conjunction with local ministry. Oscar’s wife had been praying for her husband, the children had been praying for their father, indeed the whole church had been praying for Oscar. The short-term team, alongside Impact leadership, had a chance to visit with Oscar thanks to the Vida Schools and the sponsorship program. And the words of encouragement the team members spoke provided the opportunity for a local Brother to speak exactly the words Oscar needed to hear. Together, they were used by God to touch Oscar’s life.If you ask Oscar whether Mission Teams are important, he’ll say “Yes, yes, yes!” Because, as he says, “if it wasn’t for them, for the help of the Lord and them too . . . my life would have continued in the same way it was.” Instead, the day he accepted the Lord, his life and his future began to change. He became a godly example to his sons, who have grown up to be godly examples themselves. And the impact of that visit continues to echo through eternity.
Are you interested in having an eternal impact through a short-term mission experience? Check out www.impactminusa.org/teams for opportunities to lead or join a team.
(Oscar’s story was first shared in our Fall newsletter, along with lots more exciting information about our short-term mission teams. If you didn’t get a copy, make sure to update your info with your current mailing address so that you don’t miss anything else!)
Impact Ministries Medical Clinic provides access to medical care that would not otherwise be possible, each day lives are changed by the care provided there.
Meet Isaias and Ericka. They are the nurses that keep the medical clinic running.
They work year-round and are busy! When they are not hosting medical teams they treat injuries and common illnesses, provide healthy living instruction and so much more.
When teams arrive though, they move into high gear!! Much planning goes into hosting medical teams. Supplies need to be stocked, schedules need to be planned, students and staff need to be assessed to determine who will visit the medical team. Sometimes Isaias and Erika even set up a clinic in a remote location which means that supplies and equipment must be transported and computers need to be set up. Once the teams are gone they make sure that follow up care is provided to patients.
It only costs $90/day to run the Impact Ministries Clinic.
31 supporters willing to donate $90 a month will see our clinic fully sponsored!!
Will you consider making a regular monthly donation?
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Your gift will impact the health of Guatemalans each day,
In much of North America, September is synonymous with “Back to School”. In Guatemala, though, the school year runs from January to October, and our teachers are just coming into that tough back stretch! That’s why it was so wonderful to recently be able to invite all our Vida school staff to a retreat – a time of spiritual refreshing and renewed vision.
All of our teachers make great personal sacrifices as they serve the Lord in the Vida schools. All of them could have better-paid jobs elsewhere. But they are here because they love God and they love these kids.The staff retreat has been the highlight of the year. For two hours, lunch was put on hold as staff came forward to make declarations of renewed faith in Christ. Our staff are so transparent … they share their hearts to the point of tears AND they forgive each other. They have needs, but they are turning to the Lord for help.
If you support a class, you are coming alongside these young leaders as they teach, as they disciple their students, as they grow godly leaders. When you pray for your class, don’t forget to pray for their teachers too!
It’s been an exciting few weeks in Guatemala. As you know, the Vida Children’s Home received its official approval on July 9th, 2019. Right around that time, a tiny boy was abandoned and brought to a hospital – the same hospital that we visit with our teams, the same hospital where we’ve cried tears over the abandoned babies who need love and a family.
About a week later, this little guy was placed in our care. Baby Joseph arrived at the Vida Children’s Home in time to join in our grand opening celebrations.
We are praying that Baby Joseph will discover that he is abundantly loved as he is cared for as part of the Vida Children’s Home family.
Will you champion the cause of the orphan and the fatherless? Will you champion abandoned children such as Baby Joseph? We’re looking for at least 50 orphan care champions to partner with us in the care of little Joseph and other children who will come to call the Vida Children’s Home their home:
5 champions @ $10/month
20 champions @ $25/month
10 champions @ $50/month
10 champions @ $100/month
4 champions @ $500/month
1 champion @ $1000/month
Regardless of how many babies we’re caring for at the Vida Children’s Home, many of our expenses remain the same. Thank you for helping us to build a solid foundation with which to care for Baby Joseph and the children who will join him at the Vida Children’s Home.
Thanks to those of you who have already become Orphan Care Champions! Whatever amount you are able to commit, you’ll be showing God’s love to the fatherless and changing the future for abandoned children like Baby Joseph.
Yesterday, we received the word that we have all been waiting and praying for – the Vida Children’s Home has official government approval!
After many years of planning, preparing, and praying, we can now accept children ages two and under into the Vida Children’s Home!
Please pray with us that these cribs will be filled with the babies God has prepared for us – and pray that we will be able to provide them with lots of love, a home and a family.
(Want to help us prepare for our first children? Become an Orphan Care Champion and change a child’s future through your monthly or one-time gift to the Vida Children’s Home.)
When Darlin was an elementary student in Vida Chicoy, her family was going through a tough time. Her father had abandoned the family, and her mother had to work to provide for Darlin and her sibling. Sometimes Darlin came to school crying, because she hadn’t eaten at home, or because the housework was hard, or because she missed her mother so much - but to make ends meet, Darlin’s mother often had to go away to work for weeks at a time.
At school, though, Darlin found the peace of the Lord. Sponsorship helped pay her school fees, provided a plate of food to start each day, and provided caring teachers to walk alongside her.
She was so happy when she received letters from her sponsor, or her new shoes, or when her sponsor would send a special gift. All this taught her that, through everything, there is a God who loves and cares for her and her family. “I thank God,” Darlin wrote to her sponsor when she was eleven, “because I have you and I know someone is supporting me.”
Now Darlin is in her last year of junior high at Vida Mocohan, and, as her teacher says, “after all of these years of being blessed through the school, we can see how the Lord has transformed her life”. Through her sponsor, through her teachers at the Vida Schools, Darlin has felt the love of God for her and her family. Her whole family comes to church now, where Darlin is helping in Sunday School and is preparing to be baptized. And she’s also preparing for her future - she might be in the Vida Teacher Training Program next year!
It makes such a difference when our students know someone is supporting them! Will you help us find sponsors for the children in our program who still need them?
See the children still waiting for a sponsor at http://impact.sponsorsoft.ca.
Thank you for sharing our children’s stories with your friends! In the last couple of months, we have had 24 first-time sponsors choose to sponsor a child like Darlin. Just like for Darlin, these $40/month sponsorships are helping to pay school fees, provide nutritious meals each day, and provide caring teachers to walk alongside these students!
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