On November 17th we organized an event sponsored by Walmart called "Sponsor a child, with a Gift" celebrating the month of the child.
They chose the "Haven of Hope because they searched several options throughout the entire city and could not find an option. One of the mothers of the children who attend our Haven of Hope center suggested The Hope Movement and so they selected us to organize this event. They provided the chairs, shirts, pinatas, and gifts for over 60 children.
Volunteers from local stores came out to assist as well.
The Hope Movement opened an outreach center in the mountains of an indigenous community in San Juan Sacatepequez, Guatemala in 2014. This is a special place where children and families find refuge from hunger, abuse and hopelessness. Here we serve meals every week, provide counseling, home visitation and much more.
On June 15th our team in Guatemala traveled to Puerto de San Jose where we met a beautiful group of children at a local school, most who live four kilometers (3 Miles) away from the school in the village Los Tubos. They live and work at the trash dump to help their families survive by recycling materials found in the dump. These children travel by old raggedy bikes or by foot alone or in groups amid sugar cane and banana crops in order to study at this school. We met the school director, Azmitia and a teacher and they explained to us that the children often arrive to school with an empty stomach, making it difficult for them to focus on their studies.
For centuries the church has been growing in large buildings, fancy lighting, extravagant musical productions, and predictable emotion driven services. The first century Christian were more spontaneous, all participated, share, edified in home churches. In third world countries going back to the basics is not only economically intelligent but also obedient to the design of God.
Rosita who we helped when she was a baby to recover from malnutrition and TB asked for prayer because she was sick her finger was swollen and hurt. She attends with her family the programs at the Haven of Hope and also attends our Bible/ Prayer Cell Group. Saturday June 4th it was raining very hard and a large storm was over the horizon but she still came alone to show us that her finger was healed. These testimonies encourages us to continue serving the Lord for those in need and especially children of the Haven of Hope in Escuintla, Guatemala.
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We have a center in slum in Nuevo Amanecer located in Guatemala City. This is an area with houses stacked on top of each other on a side of a mountainside and is consumed with gang violence. Most of the children who attend our center have be orphaned by violence and incarceration. We had a beautiful church service in our center to preach the Gospel to bring transformation to the people, transforming this area into a Haven of Hope filled with the presence of God.