Collaborating in Guatemala with Global Shore Opportunities
Sponsorships Change Lives
Heritage Green sponsored Sonia Pichillá to attend school in Tizate Guatemala. Through education her life, her family and the community will experience a better future. The ministry of the Holy Spirit through teachers and school staff addresses the needs of the whole person.
Since 2013 we sponsored Sonia but Heritage Green involvement goes further back in helping to support Karla Ponce who taught and was on staff Colegio Avivando el Fuego (Fanning the Flame Christian School)
Sponsorships help to meet the immediate needs and invest in longer term change. Sonia has graduated from the career level of the school and would like to go to university.
We now sponsor Heather, a Junior Kindergarten student who began school January 2019. Each November people donate to sponsor Heather for the following year.
We keep in contact with students, through prayer, sending them encouragement notes and they send us updates
Mission Trip to Guatemala
Our expectations were high for this trip!
We were confident that God could use us in His work of transformation in the lives of people in Guatemala. But God’s ways are not our ways. The transformation was more about what God was doing in each one of us. From working together as a team, praying together, experiencing the culture, delivering hampers to struggling families and being blessed by children who were so grateful – these were the things that changed us.
In that mountain village of Tizate, they are a mirror image of who Jesus was speaking about when He said, “I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”.
We were thankful for your prayers and generosity in providing supplies and food to give to the children and families.
May this be the reminder that God is at work around the world and in our own community using ordinary people who want to be a part of His kingdom work. We just need to be available.
The Least of one of These -VBS Sumpango
The title VBS brings images of a church filled with children all ready for the Bible stories, energizing music, creative crafts and snacks. Leaders have been trained to deliver a power packed program, with spaces decorated to help transport kids to another world- any place you can imagine. The program is filled with all kinds of tools to help tell the Bible stories in interesting ways. God will bless this work!
But what if there is no church, or beautifully decorated spaces or even a chair
to sit on?
What if it is a patch of grass or dirt in a yard next to a cornfield or a room in a house with only one light and no windows?
And what if it pours down rain complicating things even more?
And what if the kids can’t read or write their name?
The expectation might be a failed mission. God had other plans. He always does! We just needed to be available to serve.
This describes the adventure we were on. VBS in Sumpango. Did our creative Global Shore leaders, Katrina Janzen, Karla Ponce and Christoph Sanz really know what they were asking us to do? Surely this was not a good fit. Look at us! Our average age is 55 years old. With the exception of one family, our Spanish skills were limited. But our leaders knew this was not your normal VBS. These children didn’t need a sophisticated program; they just needed someone to demonstrate God’s love for them in a tangible way.
There was lots of uncertainty in our group but a willingness to head up the mountain to Sumpango. We piled in the van with all our supplies and gifts and bounced over the near impassable mountain road, suitable only for a pack animal. The final destiny was a few tin-sided houses where doors opened onto the road, dogs ran freely and kids emerged from nowhere. Some came from further down the mountain. Still others arrived later just finishing up their work in the fields. Not to forget the spectators made up of mothers, some with babies, wondering what this was all about.
Our mission was to bless these families but in turn we were blessed.
God opened the eyes of our hearts as we shared God’s love through stories, songs, games, crafts, snacks and gifts. Their enthusiasm and readiness to learn was overwhelming. Our prayer is that the seeds of truth will be sown in their hearts and God will work a miracle in the lives of these families.
I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”… Jesus