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It was summer of 2009, and a small group turned off of the pavement and onto a dirt road. They were in Guatemala, and had been visiting villages all day. Their hope was that the Lord would introduce them to a community that they could establish a relationship with, and continue visiting and ministering to this village for years to come. After summiting and descending they reached a community that rarely saw vehicles arrive in their town. One of the Men in the truck says this about stepping into San Antonio for the first time. “When we stepped out of the truck, as I looked around, I felt an overwhelming feeling that this was where God wanted us to work.”
The group visited houses, and saw the community’s water source as part of their initial visit. Later as they were getting ready to leave they were given the opportunity to address the kids at the school. After greetings, the question was posed to the kids, “What do you all want to be when you grow up?” Without knowing much about rural Mayan culture this question seemed like a perfectly normal thing to ask school age kids, but for some reason this question was met with many blank stares. There were a few moments of silence before the team saw a small hand raise near the back of the room. This small 11 year old girl said aloud, “I want to be a doctor.” Lucrecia was her name, and this meeting would be the first step in God’s plan to change the community of San Antonio.
Fast forward to January 2015, and Lucrecia is now attending nursing prep school. Mission Firefly has been working in that very community with the hopes of giving the people there access to self-sustainability in many ways. Mission Firefly’s sponsorship program for the children in the community has provided access to the necessary education to get Lucrecia to this point. Lucrecia is living with a pastor, Jorge Cerritos Jr, and his family outside of Guatemala City. Lucrecia’s Goal is to become a Doctor and return to rural Guatemala and serve those who do not have access to health care, but more importantly to serve those who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal savior.
Please keep Lucrecia in your prayers. As far as we know she is the first girl to have ever left San Antonio, but more importantly she has become an example to those still living in her village. Lucrecia wants to be a shining light for Jesus in her community and her country. If you would like to learn more about child sponsorship in communities just like San Antonio feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check the sponsor a child link for children available for sponsorship.
This article delves into the violence that children in Guatemala experience everyday. In the first two months of 2015, 848 children alone went gone missing. Take a minute to read this article and pray for each family that has lost their child, but also pray for the Lord’s divine intervention into this alarming reality.
Guatemala is victim of one of the world’s longest civil conflicts – its 36 years of war leaving a deep scar in society, in which violence was normalized. Actor Michael Sheen travelled to speak to some of the children being helped by Unicef.
Before I came to Guatemala, Unicef told me about the high levels of physical abuse and sexual violence inflicted on children, Sheen says.
The country now has the second highest rate of child murder in the world – only El Salvador is worse. But nothing could have prepared me for the stories I heard – acts of violence against children that are so grotesque that it pains you to hear them.
Violence here permeates all aspects of society and it seems there are few places where it is safe to be a child. Each day, 22 cases of sexual abuse are reported.
Utz. It is one three letter word that has opened up more and more communication between our mission group and the children of San Antonio. Communication is everything. In a region where their first language isn’t Spanish, but rather a Myan dialect. Often times speaking with adults and young children necessitates more than one interpreter. So needless to say communication is key.
The beauty of having an all loving and all powerful God is that this process seems to work seamlessly despite the cultural divide. It is absolutely amazing that we have brothers and sisters here. And that God has provided a perfect mechanism by which we can both relate and and express the love that He has given us. THE GOSPEL.
As we begin this week, my hope and prayer is that this week we are intentional and purposeful in preaching the Gospel. And beyond that that we are thorough in letting everyone know that that is our purpose.
Please pray for our group. This week as we are working here there are celebrations happening leading up to Easter. Guatemala mostly Catholic, and thus most people come to these celebrations and ask for forgiveness and then continue lives filled with sin. Overcoming this norm presents a difficult task. Although most people prefers to be religious and believe in a God, their belief system is a form of catholic and other Mayan belief systems combined.
We serve a perfect God and we know that he will guide us. Thank you everyone for the prayers and support of Mission Firefly. We could not be here without you all.
God is Love
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12