We all made it back from the trip safely. It is always great to come home to our families and spend time with them. The hugs from them feel so good. There are so many stories to tell, and pictures to see.
Life back to normal?
Quite honestly, it takes a while to decompress and get completely back into the swing of things. After spending a week of visiting families all day, hearing the desperate needs, crying, praying, worshiping…it is a big shift back. I have been on both sides of that feeling. I remember when Holly got back from a mission trip many years ago. It was before I had been on one myself. She had so many pictures and stories. It was great the first couple of days. Then, it just seemed to keep going. I was excited for her, but it seemed like she should just be ready to move on…life back to normal. I don’t know if it was selfishness on my part, or a little jealousy. I just wanted my wife back. Now, so many years and mission trips later…I totally get it. It is impossible to go pour yourself out for one week and not come back changed. It affects you to the deepest part of your soul. If someone can go on a trip like this and not come back changed, they need to check their heart and motives. You would have completely missed the point of the whole trip.
One of the greatest challenges is coming home, knowing the needs that we left behind. People are hungry, children need education and homes need to be built. We have seen the faces and hugged the people. We want to have our friends and families help meet those needs.
The donations you gave this year were so amazing. You truly came through for us! We were able to accomplish all of our projects, and more. Our one need we brought home this year was for education sponsorship. I am hoping you can help us.
There are basically 2 levels of sponsorship kids need, Elementary and Middle/High School. Elementary kids need $25 a month for education and Middle/High School requires $50. The main difference between the two groups is that in Middle/High School, tuition is higher and there are many more projects and supplies needed. Imagine your own kids experience in America. How many times have they come home needing poster board, calculators, art supplies, etc.? It seems like it is a never-ending drain on your family. Well, Guatemala is no different.
What sponsorship covers:
- Registration fees
- Shoes (black shoes required)
- School supplies
- Elementary: $25 per month
- Middle/High School: $50 per month
While I would be grateful for one year of sponsorship, I would ask that you give great consideration to making a personal commitment to sponsoring this child for as long as they are in school. Imagine if you told your child that you are not sure if they will be able to go to school next year….“We will just have to wait and see”. It would be heartbreaking. Most of these families are led by single moms who make about $1.25 per day washing clothes or working in fields. They are not even able to feed their children, let alone send them to school. We all know the value of an education. So much more in Guatemala! Your generosity is literally the difference between a bright future, and one of living in constant poverty. Honestly, not all children succeed in school. But, they deserve the chance.
Here are the three children we need to find sponsorship for. They are all from the same family. The mom’s name is Marta. She has eight children, but only four are school aged. Her husband is an alcoholic, which only intensifies the need for these children to get a good education. They are sweet children, who smile a lot. Their mom is truly a wonderful woman who is making the best of her circumstances. She keeps her home neat and her children clean. We just installed a stove in their home, which will dramatically improve their quality of life. I am personally sponsoring the youngest of the kids who will go to school. I am asking for help with the other three. Because I am sponsoring one of these children, I will plan on going to personally visit this family each year to get a follow up on how the family is doing, and how the children are progressing. I will take pictures and get an update. If you would like to send a picture and letter, I will be happy to take that as well.
Thomas (3rd Grade) - $25 p/month or ($300 p/year)
Lilian (1st Grade) - $25 p/month or($300 p/year)
Juan (1st Grade) - $25 p/month or ($300 p/year)
Thank you so much for your consideration. Remember that even if you don’t feel you can personally sponsor all of the cost of a child sponsorship, you can also make a collective sponsorship. Maybe your neighbors on your block, your Bible study group, mom’s group or office employees. There are many ways to make this work. Sometimes a collective sponsorship can be an even greater blessing as more hearts are involved.
There are many other children who need education sponsorship. Please contact me if you know of someone who might be interested in sponsoring more children.
Please let me know if you are interested in sponsoring one or more of these children. My email
Dios Te Bendiga,