Feliz Navidad!

Cindy Batres on December 12, 2017

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Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo!!

It is Christmas once again and the end of 2017, another year full of God´s blessings and provisions, including the newest addition to our family, granddaughter Rose Jane Dempsey. It is hard to believe we have completed 14 years in Guatemala!  How time flies by! 

Again this year we were so blessed to welcome wonderful teams of friends who came to help us build 2 water projects, bathrooms, and 4 schools, consisting of 7 classrooms. Working hand-in-hand with the leaders and people of each village, each project is a celebration of what can be accomplished when we come together and cooperate to achieve a better future for the children and people of Chisec, Alta Verapaz.  But even more than a better school or water tank,  each village receives the clear proclamation of the gospel and a visible demonstration of God’s love and grace, as their North American brothers and sisters in Christ lavish love on them through vacation Bible schools, medical exams and treatments, parties, hard labor together, backpacks of school supplies, soccer tournaments, and many other, creative and sacrificial ways.  What a privilege it is for us to be a part of this partnership God has created.  The Guatemalans are so blessed by the North Americans, who are also so blessed and changed by sharing with their new Guatemalan friends.  God is so smart to create such a win-win arrangement.

The Child Sponsorship program continues to grow and to affect over 50 young people and their entire families by providing excellent Christian education.  Kids who could not have answered the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” because they had never had reason to think about that before, now aspire to be doctors, nurses, accountants, business managers.  It is so amazing to see the difference in these precious young people as they begin to hope that they may rise above the poverty they and their families now know. We see sponsored students rising to the top of their class, winning awards in academic olympics and striving to do whatever it takes to fully utilize the opportunity afforded them by their North American sponsors. Whatever God has planned for our future, we believe He will have us continue to help these students continue their education.  Fellow missionaries Karen Chuppa and her daughter, Lizzy, will be our hands and feet on the ground whenever we are not there.  This past fall we already met with all students for next year and procurred all shoes, uniforms, etc necessary so that when we return to Guatemala on January 6, we will fully equip the students with everything they need for their new school year, thanks to our amazing, faithful and generous sponsors! 

Thank-you for being a part of this ministry through your prayers, encouragements, your giving, and your participation. Mission2Guatemala, Inc. will continue to be a conduit through which God can pour out his love as we continue to strive to fulfill our mission to, “Share the love of God by meeting the needs of the people of Guatemala.”  If you want to send a donation, the address is:  301 Sutton Rd. Xenia, OH 45385, or you can give through PayPal on our website, mission2guatemala.com.  Thanks again for partnering with us, Merry Christmas!