We have been blessed to have licensed Psychologists and counselors to volunteer their time at our Haven of Hope center in Escuintla, Guatemala. They often do this on a weekly bases and have developed a beautiful relationship with the children and families. The area where our center is located is consumed with poverty, dysfunctional families and youth who are growing up without morals or values.
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.
God has always had His hand on my life and on The Hope Movement, for this is not my ministry but His. Every month we live on faith, often not knowing how we are going to pay for the ministry expenses which over 96% goes directly to the programs. Every month not knowing who will give or what will happen, yet we continue providing thousands of meals a month, helping orphans, evangelizing, developing communities, restoring families and forming a generation of transformation, and will not stop for our faith is strong in He who all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
Alejandra is a girl who we have known since she was a little girl and attends our Haven of Hope Center in Escuintla, Guatemala. On Wednesday we had a devotional, and ministered with the children, she was in charge of reading the Bible, and our teacher went to her home and mom told her that she was not sure if he could attend because she had several days of vomiting and diarrhea, and had taken medicine but had not improved. Her Mom asked if our teacher wanted to speak with Alejandra. She approached the door and saw her lying in a hammock, quite thin and without energy... but she said she would make the effort to go to the center, because she had the privilege of reading the Bible.
The rainfall has caused landslides, washed away houses and flooded roads in Kenya near were our partners live and care for orphans. Just after they purchased food with the donations The Hope Movement sent a few weeks ago heavy rains hit the poor community where Pastor Frederick has dedicated his life to preaching the Gospel, helping the poor and rescuing orphans.
Special thank you once again to the Peyro-Villanueva Family for their kind food donation in Guatemala for the second month in a row. This donation has been a huge blessing to our 6 projects where we provide over 3,000 meals monthly.
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On February 11, 2015 I arrived in Guatemala at around 2:30 p.m. greeted by our passionate team and precious friends. We traveled to a local church in Guatemala City where we received 5 new water purification systems. The following day we drove about an hour to Palin to evaluate a potential new Hope Movement church-based feeding/ education center. You enter into this town with rundown cement buildings and unpaved roads and there you find a church like a lighthouse in troubled waters. We entered the church greeted by the Pastor and over 70 children who were reciting Bible scriptures. The children were well behaved and attentive to the Pastor’s words. While Pastor Neri shared a story about building your life on the rock and not the sand, the Pastor of this church came to me. He shared with me that these children come from a section of the city that is hidden, a mini city of houses made of rusted metal, nylon and cardboard. No electricity, no water, and no sanitation. He said that this feeding center will often be the only nutritious meal they will have all week. He shared from his heart how he is burdened for this community but has felt abandoned; he has felt alone in carrying this weight on his shoulders, until today when The Hope Movement family walked through the doors. I told him you are not alone, you were never abandoned and a new day has arrived for we are forever united. We then shared the vision with the children and their families, sang songs, prayed and had a simple but delicious lunch with the children. After the activities concluded I asked the Pastor if we can visit the community where these children live. We walked down a narrow alley and behind the cement building were a mini city of metal houses and mud filled streets. Rows of these houses on each side an impactful sight to behold and all of these children live here along with over 500 families. These are the people this feeding/ education center will impact; these are the ones whose lives will be transformed by the awesome power and love of Jesus Christ.
Joann Kidwell was a woman of intense faith in God. From her birth she had to faced horrific obstacles, but her strength led her through the storms of life to become a woman of example to everyone she came in contact with. Joann was born with cerebral palsy, and was abandoned by her parents at a young age. Raised by her aunt she grew up with physical difficulties and deep rooted pain from the lack of love by those around her, but she rose from the ashes of despair, reaching out to her Heavenly Father who became her everything in life.
Sandra is only 11 years old and she lives with her two younger sisters, her Mother, and her Grandmother in a aluminum one room hut that has no bathroom, no water, and no electricity which they built 8 months ago on an abandoned lot next to the Haven of Hope Center which was used by the neighbors as a trash dump where you could find used drug needles, and piles of trash. The children are from different men, her Mother does not work, and brings different abusive men into their one room shack each night.
Sandra was sponsored by Christian Children’s Fund, but her sponsorship ceased because they closed the office that was supporting her. A Christian family took Sandra into their home, and offered her a better life, a private school education, and her own room. But a year ago the child sponsorship stopped, and her Mother made her return to live with her so that little Sandra can work to support the family.
Sandra went from living in a Christian home with a room of her own, education, and hope for the better future, to living in a one room shack that has no bathroom, no water, and no electricity. Sandra works from early in the morning to late at night helping her family to survive. Her eyes are tired, her heart is heavy, and she longs for hope.
She has big dreams for the future, but her only hope is the Haven of Hope Center since there are no outreach centers or programs in Escuintla. This is a child who you can help by supporting us to make this vision into a reality.