Recently for the Saturday activities of the mentoring program, a technical school brought 18 cosmetology students to provide hair cuts, hair treatments and styling and manicures to the families in the mentoring program. Many families rearranged their work schedules to attend at a different time. There were so many beautiful parts to this day. Who doesn’t feel more confident when they have a fresh haircut and style? The confidence and joy were obvious on each face. Each family also went home with a family picture in a frame they made that day.
It was also awesome to watch the interactions of the cosmetology students with some of the teen girls in the program. The cosmetologists served these teens and their families with great honor, they poured into their self-worth by not looking down on them for where they live but encouraging their internal beauty to shine through to the external.
Only 5 days left to guarantee a super-soft long sleeve Tee when registering for the Apple Chase 5K. Create a team, come as a family, and join us in this fun run/walk. We are witnessing God’s hand in changing lives and are so encouraged in continuing our call to support the local leaders and families in Guatemala.
Registration is easy, just go to runsignup.com/ftl5k.
Often when North Americans come to areas of material poverty, they see things they would like to do to help, but without the initiative and desire coming from the people they want to help, damage can be done. False thinking patterns are reinforced and dignity is damaged when people do for others what they can do for themselves.
For the Love of Missions is trying to do things differently. Here is an example:
One of the families in the mentoring program in the Guatemala City garbage dump community learned from the Saturday activities the importance of caring for and cleaning their home. They immediately put their new knowledge into action by taking care of their home. Through this new information, they decided to make getting a concrete floor a priority so they began saving up for the necessary supplies. As our mentors walk with this family, we know they have saved a great deal already and For the Love of Missions is excited to come alongside this family and encourage their efforts by assisting with one of the needed supplies. This is a subtle difference, but it is a huge difference. Can you see it? The need and desire to address the need came from
the family rather than from outside the community. The assistance does not negate the hard work they have already done by just giving or doing for them, but it encourages as a boost to their existing work. Their dignity will be strengthened and they will be encouraged for their efforts.
Announcing 2018 Vision Trip dates
Is God calling you to encourage and serve local leaders discipling their communities? Is God calling you to see how He is working in Guatemala?
Is God calling you to step out of your comfort zone and go? God will change your vision of how He works in the world when you go on a Vision Trip
March 17-24, 2018 – Open to 18-25 year olds
July 7-14, 2018 – Open to all high school aged and older (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
Email us at email@example.com or private message on facebook to find out how to reserve your spot.
Spots are limited so if you are feeling called to go, let us know soon!
Just 6 months ago, the small village of Popabaj was struggling with malnutrition and the many repercussions of malnutrition: lethargy, depression, lack of dignity and energy to do or improve. But with support from For the Love and another organization, the women and children have been a part of a community center activity two times a week. During these activities, the women prepare food and the children are engaged by a trained social worker in early education stimulation. For those of us who visited before this program started, the change is absolutely amazing. The community and interaction between the women is beautiful. They are full of love and joy. The children are full of energy. They play and fight with each other… in such normal ways. It may seem like a simple program, but it is bringing life. This video is one of the songs the children prepared to share with us. I recognize the song as one my children sang in preschool also!
Today is the last day to register for the Apple Chase 5K fun run/walk at the price of $25. Come on out and Join the fun and support families from the Guatemala City garbage dump have hope and a better future. Visit us at runsignup.com/ftl5k