Many years ago, while Elmer Poou – one of our original students – was still in elementary school, Impact Ministries acquired a piece of land in Chijulhá.
Impact Ministries had big plans for Chijulhá, but God had even bigger plans for the ministry, so for a dozen or so years, the land at Chijulhá grew produce, while Elmer grew up.
Last year, Impact Ministries started construction on Vida Chijulhá – and Elmer, who was now a Vida teacher, had recently become principal of Vida Chicoy.
Last week, students arrived for the first day of school at Vida Chijulhá. They were welcomed by Vida Chijulhá’s first principal: Elmer Poou.
“The first day of classes at Chijulhá was full of emotions” says Elmer. “Not only was it the first day of classes for the children, it was also the beginning of a new project to bless many lives.”
Even though it was cold and foggy, the children arrived with their parents. “You could see the parents were nervous, wanting to know what the school devotional would be like”
The kids were excited, and the parents – well, they were soon reassured. “You could see on their faces the joy as they heard the worship to our God. And much more importantly, they could know that their children would learn to worship and glorify Him every day.”
Thank you to each of you who helped make the dream of a school in Chijulhá a reality! We’ll be celebrating the Grand Opening of Vida Chijulhá in March, but until then, the kids will be learning – and worshipping – every day!
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Have you ever felt like you were playing musical chairs? Trying to get everyone into the right seats isn’t always easy! That’s definitely the case when you’re trying to get students into school seats in Guatemala.
We’re working on some exciting new changes in our Vida Mocohan and Vida Chicoy schools. You see, we found out that over half of our 2017 students registered at Vida Chicoy were actually walking from Mocohan. So, for the 2018 school year, we are merging the Chicoy elementary school with the Mocohan elementary school. There is room for them all, and this allows us to be fiscally responsible in a community that now also has a public elementary school.
This merge opens the way for some exciting new initiatives next year: with a bit more musical chairs, we’re hoping to launch an enhanced Jr. High program in Chicoy in 2019! We’re delighted with the possibilities and look forward to sharing them as they develop.
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