It’s 60 days until Christmas . . . are you making a list and checking it twice?
If you’re looking for something a bit different than chocolates and bath soaps – if you’re looking for gifts that make an impact – Impact Ministries has got you covered!
Impact Ministries has just launched our Christmas Catalog with gifts that will continue giving long after the wrapping paper is recycled.
Perhaps a teacher you know would love the gift of learning resources – $35 can buy a textbook to provide quality education for a Vida student.
Perhaps your neighbour with the beautiful garden would appreciate a gift that grows – $25 can buy local seeds that grow into a harvest that keeps Vida students strong and healthy.
Perhaps your techie nephew would love the gift of technology – $250 can buy a computer in Guatemala, helping our students span the digital divide.
Check out all 7 of our gifts at www.impactminusa.org/christmas-catalog.html and make an impact this Christmas!
And . . . when you select your gift at www.impactminusa.org/christmas-gifts, you’ll be provided with a downloadable gift card featuring our cute Vida angels! Just print & deliver (or print & send).
The land yields its harvest;
God, our God, blesses us.
Do you have a garden? What are you harvesting right now?
Our greenhouse and fields in Tactic are producing an abundant harvest! And, unlike in the USA, with irrigation we can grow crops pretty well year round.
Doesn’t that sound like an amazing harvest!?! Much of it gets trucked to our school kitchens, providing wonderfully nutritious meals for our students. We know students learn better with full tummies! The rest is sold on the domestic market to help sustain our ministry activities. And in the process, we get to see the next generation of men and women trained in sound agricultural practices and nutrition.
Want to get in on the action? Grow your giving by helping us purchase seeds & seedlings and pay the workers who help them grow into an abundant harvest!
Schools and classrooms are top of mind in the US in September, as students of all ages head back to school. It’s also a great time to think about supporting a class! Why? Well, not only will you be building into the lives of a class of Vida students from now through their graduation . . . but you’ll also be able to support their teachers in a very specific way.
For a limited time, we have a generous donor who has offered to provide healthcare benefits to our teachers alongside your support a class enrollment. When you sign up to support a new class at only $50/month, an additional $250 will donated towards our staff healthcare fund!
In a society where healthcare is expensive for most and nonexistent for some, we are privileged to be able to provide health care benefits for our Vida teachers. Join us in making sure our teachers have access to the health benefits that they need.
Pick your class today to support Vida kids AND their teachers!
Last week, we introduced you to Isaias, our longest-running clinic staff member, and today, we are excited to introduce you to our newest staff member, Linda.
Linda was born in Coban, and has lived her whole life in Purulha with her family. She finished elementary school in Purulha, went to middle school in Tactic, completed high school in Coban, and then studied nursing there, just graduating in 2015. She has been working with us since February 2017 and this is her very first nursing job out of university!
Linda grew up in a Christian home and has attended church all her life. During a period of time when her family stopped going to church, she started attending the Rio de Vida church in Purulha on her own. It was during this time that her faith became her own. She joined a cell group and gradually her family started attending the services at Rio de Vida as well. She now serves as an usher, teaches Sunday School, serves on the audiovisual team, and helps her family host a cell group in their home.
The fifth of nine children, Linda comes from a large family. She also has four nieces and four nephews. In her free time, she spends time with her extensive family.
Linda is currently working through a master’s degree in Nursing, and hopes to specialize in infant/maternal health. She dreams of running her own pharmacy as well one day.
When asked what draws her to work in our clinic, Linda says:
“It is an environment where we always are reminded that the Lord comes first. It is easy to forget about God, but every morning we give thanks to Him for the opportunity to be here.”
Come alongside Linda & the rest of the medical clinic staff as they serve in the Chijacorral Medical Clinic
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Go to Guatemala on a Medical Team
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.
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