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 they decided not to continue the work although we were going to continue to offer monthly support to this center as The Hope Movement is the founder and operator of this center and just operate with volunteers as we do with our other centers and less days a week. So the center under The Hope Movement will temporarily close and we will work on raising funds to reopen in Escuintla in another location if it's God’s will and 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. Along with our work in Guatemala we are now caring for orphans and widows in Africa and expanding our spread of the Gospel to many nations including the United States.
We provide over 3,000 meals every month in our Haven of Hope centers in Guatemala. Unfortunately people have not been consistently donating although we have been consistently doing the work each day helping those in need.
We are lacking funds to continue and we need your help to continue feeding, educating and counseling children and families in Guatemala.
Please give a donation to help us continue to help vulnerable children in Guatemala and around the world.
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.
The month of December has been difficult for The Hope Movement. Lack of donations have caused us to suspend activities and threatened to close centers, but we are trusting in God's provision as this is His vision, His work. In middle of the suffering people like the Villanueva family in Guatemala stepped up as a family and collected needed supplies to help us continue feeding the hungry. They came out this week to cook and minister to the children in our Haven of Hope Center in Escuintla, Guatemala.
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.
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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.
Meet just one of the hundreds of children we serve each day. Nahomy is 3 years old and regularly attends our activities in the Haven of Hope in Escuintla, Guatemala. Her father in currently in prison unjustifiable in Peten, Guatemala (Northern region of Guatemala in the jungles) and we have been supporting by providing daily meals to Nahomy and her family, but the wonderful thing is in an act of gratitude her family donate vegetables when they can to the center to feed other children.
We have been blessed to have a volunteer Samuel Maldonado in our Haven of Hope Center in Escuintla, Guatemala. He will be assisting 2 or 3 times a week teaching the children to play piano, guitar and flute. Music is a powerful tool to teach discipline, coordination and increase self-esteem. We pray that through donations we can hire him to work part-time on a consistent basis to develop a music program which has been a goal for our founder, Jonathan Roiz, a musician and songwriter.
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.