Monday, October 3, 2016

Project Letter: GU-819

Here's a letter from Evelyn's project in Guatemala! All the photos come from Compassion's website.

My name is Isaias O., pastor of (GU-819) in Guatemala, which ministers to your sponsored child at the development center. Greetings in the name of Lord Jesus Christ! I hope God is abundantly blessing your life! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all that you do for Evelyn.

The weather in my community is cold, and people speak Quiche and Spanish. The main sources of income are pottery, tailoring, and furniture making. People reach secondary and high school. Thank God, we count on drinking water, electricity, drainages, and public transportation. The roads are of dirt, and some are paved. Our main problems are undernourishment, early pregnancies, and family disintegration.

As a church, we fight against family disagreements, difficulty to leave idolatry, and excess of paternalism. My vision for church is that every member prospers in the spiritual, moral and academic areas to overcome foresaid problems together. My vision for the center is to continue working for children to make them a light for the community and make an impact on their family.

Thanks to Compassion's program, children have shown an important change and are different from those who are not at the center. They are in good health since they have access to medical checkups. Furthermore we have fought against a high percentage of undernourishment. They are also learning Bible stories and are improving their spiritual, emotional, and cognitive areas. The center also offers technical trainings to young people so they can be productive in their communities.

In just a few months we have registered at least 115 professions of faith in Christ. Praise the Lord! I want to share with you a story of impact in our community. It is about a child that was registered in the center. He lived in poor conditions with his mother only. However, he  attended the center with much happiness and served God with much enthusiasm. The child became a young man and the time to complete the program came. Thank God, he was chosen to be part of the Leadership Development Program, and attended university. Currently he is a lawyer, and continues serving God through his career.

We have other ways of social help in our church, collecting food supplies and offerings for families in distant communities. It is important to remark that at least 50 children and their parents attend our church, and the rest attend other churches with their families.

Please know how important it is for a child to have communication with his sponsor. They can learn about those who have changed their lives, and pray for them. When children know that they have received letters, they feel happy and encouraged by the love transmitted through their words. On the contrary, children who don't receive letters feel sadness and curiosity to know about their sponsors. I hope you will always write to Evelyn.

There is much need in Guatemala, especially outside Guatemala City. That's why it is necessary to support many families that are facing economically and spiritually difficult times. Therefore, please pray for the problems that affect our community and center, for the families of the entire community, for every member of the church, for the sponsored children and families, and for the volunteer staff at the center.

If you are interested in sponsoring a girl in Guatemala, please consider little Nohemy. I am in love with her braids!! She is so precious. Nohemy has been waiting over six months for a sponsor. Read more about her here.

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