“One of the biggest mistakes that North American churches make- by far- is in applying relief in situations in which development is the appropriate intervention.” Brian Fikkert and Steve Colbert
Relief needs to be reserved for emergency short-term situations because if it is given in a long term chronic situation it stunts the growth and dignity of the receiver. Chronic situations call for development which is a process of growth toward healthy relationships with God, self, other and all of creation.
Do you have any Spanish fiction books? Any reading level! We want to add more variety to our library in the learning center in Guatemala City. Let us know, and we will connect with you.
The mentoring program recently took a field trip to the pool. The field trips are so important for the families. They get to see beautiful creation outside of the garbage dump community. They experience a day of recreation and relaxation. They spend time with their families building memories and bonds which keep them connected as they live in the challenging day to day of their lives. They build their dignity as they save and pay to participate in a field trip.
How can helping hurt anyway? We can actually do a lot of damage to ourselves and those we are trying to help. Often people living in material poverty have a low self image- feeling helpless or worthless. And people not living in material poverty have an elevated self-image- they could be the provider or problem solver. But when the non-materially poor give or do for the materially poor, both the low and high self-images are confirmed and this just keeps everyone away from the true image God wants us to have of ourselves. The first step is awareness that we may not understand all the dynamics in a situation. We must always ask God to direct our relationships to be growing toward Him.
A picture is worth 1000 words! Check out the before and after houses in Popabaj. The shelter on the left was where a family of 5 was living until their new home was completed. The wife was so proud to show us her new home and how she converted her old home into a kitchen for her family. The wind is so strong in this village on the side of a mountain, but the new home provides relief from the elements. All the families whose homes have been completed thank everyone who made that possible!
Lucy has been working hard to support herself and her education for more years than she can remember. Without either parent, she didn’t want to be a burden on other family members so took the responsibility on herself. Last fall she was feeling discouraged in her goal to go to the university, until she connected with For the Love of Missions. She joined the mentoring program, received a scholarship to learn English, and now is one of the tutors in the learning center. She is overwhelmed by the timing. She said because of the scholarship she knows God loves her and cares about her future. She is excited to work with the children in the learning center because she knows she will have opportunities to share the love she has felt from God with them.
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 because we have blessed and equipped them and they have finally had an opportunity to flourish in ways God always intended.” Join us as we partner and empower local leaders to disciple their community to generational freedom in Christ.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who participated in the golf outing. We are so grateful to sponsors, golfers, fundraisers and volunteers. Truly it was a day of local engagement for a global cause. The funds raised will continue to support life-changing mentoring and discipleship in the Guatemala City garbage dump and rural Popabaj.
Will you come to Guatemala with us in November? Are you looking for a place your church or business can make a difference. For the Love of Missions is looking for partners! We’d love to show you first hand how God is using For the Love of Missions in Guatemala. Ask questions, get more info, let us know you are thinking about it!