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!
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!
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!
His name was Edgar. He was one of the 20-some kids in our grade one class in Chicoy that year. He was most often dirty, but then again, they all were. His only footwear were leaky rubber boots full of holes, as they are the cheapest option. His clothes were just scraps of fabric; in fact, sometimes we could see his little bum through a hole in his pants due to the fact that he didn’t own underwear.
All of these statements are applicable to the majority of the students we had in our class that year, but there was one thing about Edgar.
He would ask me for a new pencil. EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. Yes, you got that right. EVERY.DAY. He would come up to me with just a stump of a pencil, less than an inch long, sometimes he would come empty handed, and he would ask me for a new one. Of course I would give him one! The poor kid couldn’t do his work without it. And he obviously didn’t have the option of buying his own. But it was rather confusing. Sometimes I would harp on him, asking him what had happened to the pencil I had given to him the day before, but his response was always the same. SHRUG. With his little innocent eyes would looking up at me I couldn’t do more than remind him to take care of his new pencil and let him go back to his desk.
Later that year we found out the reason.
After school hours he would head over the neighbouring public school and sell his pencil for a few cents. With that money he would hopefully be able to buy an egg to feed his family. You heard me.
For his family.
My heart breaks even now, just remembering it. How can a family live on so little as to share an egg between 3, 4, maybe even 5 people?
Stories like this one make me SO grateful for Impact Ministries. Because of Impact Ministries, Edgar received a hot breakfast every day. Because of Impact Ministries, he was able to attend school even though he didn’t have enough money for school supplies and uniform, which are requirements for Public Schools. Because of Impact Ministries, there is a way out of the cycle of poverty. Because of Impact Ministries, there is hope for a better future.
I realize that I mention Impact Ministries a lot in the previous paragraph – but I want to clarify that Impact Ministries is just a vessel that the Lord is using to love on, bless and lift up Guatemalans.
Often times, when I try to sum up my role in Impact Ministries, I find that my attempts fall flat. I am an administrative assistant. What does that even mean? I am by no means a preacher or an evangelist. But I am a part of something big. I am able to see up close what the Lord is doing, the ways that He is moving! As I create spreadsheets and draft emails, I know that I don’t need my work to be glorified or even recognised. I just need to do it all, 100% for HIM. He is doing great things here in Guatemala! I know greater things are still in store!
What a blessing and privilege it is for me to play a part, however small, in what the Lord is unfolding here!
The above blog post was written by Julie Sawatsky de Lem one of our Canadian field workers working in Guatemala. You can read more about Julie and her husband Julio's life and ministry at their website - https://julioandjulielem.wordpress.com/. If you would like to support them financially you can go to their giving page- https://connect.egiving.com/support-a-missionary-julio-julie/impact-ministries-usa
As we stepped out of the van at Vida Chicoy school we could hear the sounds of energetic children playing in the courtyard. Rounding the gate, an explosion of cheering and firecrackers greeted us along with the kids holding each letter of WELCOME in English. More flowers than we could carry were thrust into our hands as we walked a path covered with pine needles and lined on both sides with more excited children. Another group of kids lined up for hugs and treated us to tamales and cups of cacao and pinol. Stepping into the classrooms we support, the students and teachers presented us with small gifts and told us about their students and school. An emotional and humbling reception fit for royalty. Precious faces and an experience not soon forgotten.
After spending time with the ministry, it is obvious God is working in life-changing ways through Impact Ministries in Tactic and surrounding villages. Educating the future Christian leaders of Guatemala is the primary priority but supporting churches, encouraging short term missions, feeding children, sustaining agricultural work, and providing medical and dental care to the students and their families are not far down the list. We decided to Support A Classroom because we could see the many needs that Impact is meeting and wanted to be a part of God's work in Guatemala. In particular, we wanted to support the schools through encouraging the teachers with better salaries and resources. Over the past 16 years the schools have played a huge role in improving lives and spreading the gospel. Please consider joining us in contributing to Support A Classroom. - Kevin & Lisa E.
For me, there is nothing more troubling than watching a child suffer.
The Lord said, “Let the children come….”
He is calling, because He wants to provide relief and freedom.
Humanly speaking, we don’t have capability of meeting the multitude of needs around us. BUT, the Lord wants to restore these children. He wants to heal them and break the cycles that have held the Guatemalan people in bondage for hundreds of years. He wants to intervene in situations that seem hopeless… and He wants to SHOW HIS GLORY to the world by doing the IMPOSSIBLE.
We are seeing it happen! Our former students are now carrying the Lord’s vision forward to the children. A generation of godly leaders are now taking their places in Guatemala.
Thank you for standing with us.
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