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.
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.