Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. With sadness but also with complete trust in our sovereign God and optimism for what is to come we have to announce the elimination of the project 001 Haven of Hope Center in Escuintla, Guatemala. Funds have been limited as we need to increase our number of monthly donors and we were not receiving enough donations each month starting at the end of 2016 and entering into 2017 to be able to pay salaries to our staff operating the center. After informing the staff and giving them two months payment to help in this transition not because of anything negative they decided not to continue the work although we were going to continue to offer monthly support to this center just operating with volunteers as we do with our other centers and less days a week. Their decision was what they felt was best for them as a family, so the center under The Hope Movement will temporarily close and we will work on raising funds to reopen in Escuintla in another location focusing more on planting a church, evangelism, Christian education in a school for children with the greatest financial needs and nutrition. In the meantime we have three other projects in Guatemala which are providing the same services in Nuevo Amanacer (Project 003), San Juan Sacatepequez (Project 004) and Villa Lobos (Project 005). We will also be working on evangelistic missions to many areas including Escuintla.
The Hope Movement does not just want to meet the physical needs of children and families but also plant seeds of the Gospel in their hearts and make disciples of Christ. Often programs for children whether it be a feeding center, school, orphanage, children's church or Sunday school we water down the Gospel to be at their "level" in fact we do this for adults as well. Most professing Christians don't even know the basics of theology such as Who God really is, the depravity of man, repentance, justification, adoption, election, sanctification and much more. These are essential in order to be a Christian.
Although we are feeding children who lack food at home, although we are educating children who lack education from parents, the most important seed we can plant in their hearts is the Gospel.
From October 19th - 21st our Haven of Hope center in Escuintla, Guatemala organized a bible school for the children while on school vacation. Children came in the morning and enjoyed a delicious nutritious breakfast. Throughout the day the children had a wonderful time enjoy a variety of activities, bible lessons, dramas and games. They learned from the Bible verse Ephesians 6:10-18 and focused also on the importance of studying the Word of God.
It was a wonderful week and we are seeing positive results. Children who came to our center malnourished are now healthy. Children who come from troubled families and arrived with serious behavioral problems are maturing and learning at our center about obedience, compassion and love. Most importantly we are seeing the fruits of the seeds we have planted in the lives of the children and adults over the years and the Holy Spirit is doing the work in their hearts.
Please keep our Haven of Hope center and all of our centers in prayer and also become a monthly financial partner to keep these wonderful programs going.
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.
Her name is Nayeli Esmeralda. She is 8 years old. When asked when her birthday is, she replied “I don’t know, all I know it has past”. Her eyes tell a story of a child who lost her Mother because she left her with family . A child living in extreme poverty, and is malnourished physically and emotionally. She holds your hand in a way that cries out Never Let Me Go! On New Years day 2010 we provided her with some new clothing, and shoes. When asked what are her dreams she replied, “To have my family united, and that the poor children will have clothes and food”.
This precious child who is suffering greatly set aside her own pain to think of others. Help us help her by supporting the Haven of Hope Center.