“Having a heart for the poor is easy. Having a mind for the poor is the challenge.” -Michael Fairbanks- The heart gives you the compassion to do something the mind secures the actions needed.
This week we have a team down in Guatemala. They are learning about the culture, seeing the beautiful country, and experiencing our Lord’s heart for themselves and the precious people of Guatemala and how He knits our lives together. Please join us in praise as we see the hand of God move.
Space has been one of the simplest things For the Love of Missions has provided over the years and God has blessed that simple provision. Several years ago, we heard from a few local leaders about the lack of space for ministries to use and for them to meet with community and ministry leaders. We […]
The challenges of the Guatemala City garbage dump community are many, especially for students who are dedicated to working hard at school. There are not many places and spaces available for students to get help, be encouraged or just use a computer or table to complete an assignment. The tutoring center was developed out of a […]
Community development strategies reach beyond mere charity to engage people in solving the problems in their neighborhoods,” write Alexia Salvatierra and Peter Hetzel in Faith Rooted Organizing. This builds upon a development rather than a relief approach. Often a community can solve its problems, but that development can be blocked by a number of outside […]
Public education is not free in Guatemala. In fact the cost of tuition, uniforms, books, shoes puts education out of reach for middle and high school students in the community around the garbage dump. There are many programs for preschool and elementary students but then the options disappear as they move to the next level […]
Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett offer an important awareness of material paternalism in their book When Helping Hurts: “Being from a materialistic culture, North Americans often view the solution to poverty in material terms and tend to pour financial and other material resources into situations in which the real need is for the local people […]
We are always so excited to see the way God works through our local leader partners. The programs and opportunities they create are so uniquely designed for their communities, it is hard not to see God’s hand at work. Brad Smith writes, “Often the reason we are surprised by the genius of community leaders is […]
According to Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett in When Helping Hurts, one of the biggest challenges of material poverty is that it is physically isolating. Individuals and families close themselves off from each other. They include quotes of people living in material poverty who explain feeling alone and isolated is what it really means or […]
Play is such a critical part of life for children in all cultures. The children in Popabaj face a lot of daily challenge, but they are able to come together during the community center days to learn and play. Their sweet giggles and playful voices are powerful to bring hope.