MARTINY FAMILY MISSIONARIES IN GUATEMALA

A Website about the mission work of Timothy Martiny and Sharie Martiny, missionaries in Guatemala since 2002. Click below to see what we do.

PARTNERS

Organizations we serve and partner with in our ministry

MISSIONS

Mission teams, internships, short term ministry, find our more about what it means and how you can get invo

VOCATIONAL TRAINING

Providing practical, relevant and useful skills to orphaned and vulnerable children.

ORPHAN CARE

The heart of our ministry to care for the orphaned and fatherless.

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NEWS FROM TIMOTHY MARTINY AND FAMILY

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The Jingle Sisters

Missions, not a trip, but a lifestyle.

So we ended up in the U.S. for Christmas. For most of the 14 years we have been missionaries in Guatemala, we have celebrated it there, away from our families,

12 Jan 17 Timothy Martiny
Graduation of students at the orphanage fundaninos

Then and Now!

At the end of this school year we attended the school graduation ceremony at the orphanage Fundaninos. In Guatemala there are certain years that tradition mandates are celebrated with a

16 Dec 16 Timothy Martiny
Sharie teaching cooking classes at Fundaninos

What we did this year

This has been an amazing year for us. In October, we celebrated 14 years serving as missionaries in Guatemala. It has been an incredible journey with many highs and lows,

06 Dec 16 Timothy Martiny
Martiny family missionaries in Mexico

So much to be thankful for.

This Thanksgiving, there is just one thought in my mind, I have so much to be thankful for. Experiences that I have been through recently have given me a greater

24 Nov 16 Timothy Martiny
Tim with students at the year end graduation

A safe place to learn.

“You give our children a safe place to learn.” Those words were spoken to me by a parent at the award ceremony for the children who attend classes at our

13 Nov 16 Timothy Martiny
students serving the meal they cooking in cooking class

Giving the Gift of Service

It has been interesting to see the many ways that God continues to use our ministry. After almost 14 years of serving in Guatemala, we have gotten to know many

24 Oct 16 Timothy Martiny
Computer classes at our VETC

Looking for a Macbook to teach app design to orphaned and vulnerable children in Guatemala.

In our vocational training programs for the children and students we serve in Guatemala, we are always looking for new skills to teach them that will benefit them in their

17 Oct 16 Timothy Martiny
Children from our vocational training classes in Colonia Santa Fe, attending the Zoo

The Wonder in Their Eyes.

Sometimes I’m amazed by the things that amaze children. Last week we took a trip to the zoo. We brought the children who attend classes at our VETC (Vocational Educational

04 Oct 16 Timothy Martiny
2016 Christmas ornament, made by students at the orpahange Fundaninos in Guatemala

2016 Christmas ornaments for sale, made by children at the orphanage Fundaninos in Guatemala.

  These beautiful Christmas ornaments are made by our students at the orphanage Fundaninos in Guatemala as part of our Skills for Life vocational training program. They have been studying

29 Sep 16 Timothy Martiny
Making cake pops in cooking class at the orphanage Fundaninos

Happenings, September 15th 2016

Cooking Classes Sharie made Oreo Truffle Pops with some of the older kids at Fundaninos during cooking class, they prepared them for a surprise wedding shower/celebration for Paola and Luis, two of

13 Sep 16 Timothy Martiny
Sharie with girls from the orphanage Fundaninos

The Mother’s Touch

Over many years in ministry, I’ve had to fill a variety of different roles and stretch far beyond what I thought my natural skills and abilities were. While I like

01 Sep 16 Timothy Martiny
Bonfire to launch small groups with the teenagers at the orphanage Fundaninos

Small Group Discipleship.

Spiritual instruction, growth and discipleship is the heart call of every true missionary. Christ himself sent us not just to bring the Gospel aka “ el Evangelio” which is, as

11 Aug 16 Timothy Martiny
Students with their deposit slips at the bank after depositing their earnings from the vocational training classes

Happenings, July 2016

Learning Life We took the high school students from the orphanage Fundaninos to the bank. They went to deposit their earnings from the products they make and sell in our

03 Aug 16 Timothy Martiny
The best laid plans of mice and men

The best laid plans of mice and men

Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Despite our best efforts, despite our good intentions, despite the fact that we may have even done things correctly. They…just…don’t…turn…out. Missionaries are the same

20 Jul 16 Timothy Martiny
Sharie teaching Bible study

What We’ve Done So Far This Year

Dear friends, Thank you so much for all your prayers, support, encouragement and partnership with us in the work God has called us to in Guatemala. We are truly blessed

06 Jul 16 Timothy Martiny
When kids love to learn

When Kids Love to Learn

Teaching children is an adventure and each and every child is unique and precious in their own way. Discovering how to reach them in the way that they learn best

27 Jun 16 Timothy Martiny

My thoughts on Fathers Day

First of all, let me say happy Fathers Day to all you fathers out there! As a father of six wonderful children, today I found myself thinking about what fatherhood means, not just

19 Jun 16 Timothy Martiny
The Good Samaratian

Who Are We Here To Reach

Goals, plans, objectives, we all have them. From the time we are born we are taught to work towards things. School, education, jobs, careers, all place us on the path

04 Jun 16 Timothy Martiny

What I learned about orphan care at CAFO last week

This month, Sharie, myself and Sandrie, the executive director of the orphanage Fundaninos where we serve in Guatemala, were blessed to attend the CAFO (Christian Alliance for Orphans) summit. CAFO

15 May 16 Timothy Martiny
Summer camp, La Mission, 2016 for Fundaninos children in Guatemala

When you follow where God is leading…great things happen!

When you follow where God is leading, The Mission summer camp. There are times when God lays a burden on our hearts, a desire or understanding that we are to

01 May 16 Timothy Martiny

Mission trips, a different perspective

This month I was blessed to work with a mission team from Redeemer church in TN. This church has partnered with our local church, Casa de Libertad and the orphanage

15 Apr 16 Timothy Martiny
Cadanino Ministry at ABI

Loving the Least of These

Several years ago I was blessed to partner, in a small way, with a ministry here called Cadanino. It is run by a New Yorker, ex-Wall Street business and finance

01 Apr 16 Timothy Martiny
Computer classes at the VETC in Colonia Santa Fe of Guatemala City

Our Classes are Getting better

At the beginning of February, we re-launched our vocational training center in Colonia Santa Fe. We have partnered with the Precious Moments School for many years to provide computer training

15 Mar 16 Timothy Martiny
Orphans learning to give back

Learning to Give Back

Acts 20:35 says “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus,

01 Mar 16 Timothy Martiny
Jesus and the lost sheep

The Lost Sheep

When do you stop looking for, helping and serving a lost sheep that just wants to go its own way? That is something we have had to evaluate in our

01 Feb 16 Timothy Martiny
Baptism of Julia and Audrey

Baptisms, January 2016

Baptisms Julia and Audrey made the decision to get baptized at our church this month. I have to say, that as a father, this was one of the best moments

20 Jan 16 Timothy Martiny
Sharie and the girls from Fundaninos, Christmas 2015

Happenings, January 2016

One of the things I love most about being in Guatemala for Christmas, is celebrating it with the children we love. The girls from the orphanage Fundaninos come over regularly

01 Jan 16 Timothy Martiny
2015

2015 Highlights

•Took on bigger role at the orphanage Fundaninos assisting with public relations, fund-raising, strategy and the independence program which assists children as they transition out of the home. • Over

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Paintball wiht the children from Fundaninos

Caring for Orphans is the Gospel

In our work caring for orphaned and troubled children, we see the heart of the Gospel. If the Gospel is God doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves,

15 Dec 15 Timothy Martiny
Graduation of one of the children we work with

Happenings, December 2015

Vacation Camp at Fundannos This month was Fundaninos first vacation camp for the kids, their school ended at the beginning of November and for two weeks they had a great

05 Dec 15 Timothy Martiny
Bible study with the children from Fundaninos

Roles of a Missionary

So what do you do? Aren’t there already churches there? Why are you involved in social work? Isn’t the job of a missionary only to share the Gospel and plant

01 Dec 15 Timothy Martiny
jesus teaching

Wasting My Life

“Don’t you feel bad about wasting your skills?” Was a question asked of me at a Bible study group last week after I shared about our ministry teaching, training and

01 Nov 15 Timothy Martiny
Andy & Karen Pricer visiting from Mexico

Happenings, October 2016

Special Visit This month we were blessed to have a visit from F.I.R.E. missionaries in Mexico who now our supervisors. We appreciated their insight and they were a great encouragement to

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Unquantifiable

The Unquantifiable

There are some things that happen in our lives which we never see. Like the ripples in a pond carrying out from the splash made by a rock tossed into

01 Oct 15 Timothy Martiny

Happenings, September 2016

Family Day In other special activities this month, we took the girls from Fundaninos out for a day with our family. We visited a national park at Lago de los

15 Sep 15 Timothy Martiny
VBS at Precious Moments School

When God Does the Planning

There are some moments when you say “Ah Ha! That’s what it was all about!” When you see things come together, there is no way you can claim the credit

01 Sep 15 Timothy Martiny
Seedling

Where is the Fruit, August 2016

That is a question I get asked a lot. In today’s world of stats, metrics and instant data, people want to quantify progress and break it down into neat clean

15 Aug 15 Timothy Martiny
Carpentry classes for girls and boys

Mid Year Update, July 2015

Highlights from the first six months of 2015 • Launched engineering class at the orphanage Fundaninos and Taught 35 engineering, woodworking and carpentry classes • Launched weekly cooking club with

01 Jul 15 Timothy Martiny

The Missionary Calling

I never cease to be amazed at how God works. From the simple seemingly mundane things in life, to the marvelous workings of the universe, “For as the heavens are

01 Jul 15 Timothy Martiny
Former resident speaking to the girls from the orphanage

Highlights, June 2015

Former Student Speaks at Youth Group In our Friday night class with the girls from the orphanage Fundaninos lately we have been placing an emphasis on life preparedness. We recently

15 Jun 15 Timothy Martiny
Timothy Martiny speaking on TV

Speaking on Live TV

This month I, Tim, was invited as a guest on Channel 27, the Guatemalan Christian TV station. It was during a telethon fund raiser for a local ministry called Brazos

15 May 15 Timothy Martiny
Timothy Martiny speaking on TV

Happenings , May 2015

  Culinary Arts Sharie had a lot of fun with the girls in the cooking club. Some of the dishes they learned to make were cashew chicken, blondies, German pancakes

01 May 15 Timothy Martiny
Bible study with youth group from orphanage

Happenings, April 2016

Youth Group Bible Study What is so amazing about the book of Esther? One of the things we find unique about Jewish culture compared to other cultures was the commandment

01 Apr 15 Timothy Martiny
Valentines Day with girls from the orphanage

Valentines Day, February 2015

Valentines Day 1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” In Guatemala, as in many Latin countries, Valentines Day

15 Feb 15 Timothy Martiny
Illustrated Action Bibles for children at a school

Action Bibles

We were blessed to receive a donation of more “Action Bibles” which enabled us to give one to each of the students at the Ravine school. The students, who come

15 Jan 15 Timothy Martiny
The teachers at the Precious Moments School and Orphanage

Happenings, January 2015

Since returning to Guatemala, we have been busy meeting with the directors and staff at the schools and orphanages we work with, and planning the curriculum and classes for the

01 Jan 15 Timothy Martiny
2014

Highlights of 2014

• Taught 87 computer, woodworking and cooking classes to orphaned and impoverished children in our vocational training centers • Teachers we trained or hired taught 180 computer classes in the

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Sandra Tax, our former student turned teacher

Highlights, December 2014

This has been a great year for us. Our ministry continues to grow and we are amazed at what the Lord, and you, have helped us to accomplish. Living and

15 Dec 14 Timothy Martiny
Bible charades with girls from Fundaninos at youth group in our home

Happenings, September 2014

“Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you” Psalms 119:11. We are always looking for ways to plant God’s Word in the hearts

01 Sep 14 Timothy Martiny
Open house in our woodworking wand engineering workshop

Open House in our Workshop

We held the first annual open house at the Skills for Life Woodworking Academy, and it was a great success. The students were able to demonstrate their skills to the

15 Aug 14 Timothy Martiny
Timothy Martiny giving Bibles to the students at the Precious Moments School and Orphanage

I Love Giving out Bibles

I love giving out Bibles! This month we received a donation of the Action Bible New Testaments, a great tool for teaching the kids as the stories are Illustrated in

01 Aug 14 Timothy Martiny
Timothy Martiny, helping with vision clinics with Russ McDowell

Vision Clinics

Our good friend, Russ McDowell, came to visit and brought with him several hundred pairs of reading glasses. We were able to give exams to 200 people at the Precious

01 Jul 14 Timothy Martiny
Julia Martiny, serving at Cadanino, working with mission team from The Village Church in Dallas

Cadanino with TVC mission team

This month we also assisted a mission team of Physical Therapists from the Village Church and the Cadanino in ministering to children who are at ABI, the government center for

15 Jun 14 Timothy Martiny
Cooking classes with Sharie Martiny

Happenings, June 2014

Vocational Training Cooking classes have been incredibly fun this month. Sharie has amazing patience working with the students and is doing a great job teaching them. This month they learned

15 Jun 14 Timothy Martiny
Computer classes for children at the orphanage Fundaninos

Happenings, May 2014

This month in our Bible studies with the students at Fundaninos, we are studying Matthew 5, the Sermon on the Mount and a program by Eternal Productions called “God of

01 May 14 Timothy Martiny
Mission trip with Danny & Kathryn Perez and Cadence mission team

Vacation Bible School with Cadence International

This month we were blessed to work with a wonderful mission team lead by Danny and Kathryn Perez, missionaries with Cadence International. They have spent their lives in ministry and

15 Apr 14 Timothy Martiny

Dia Por Guatemala

We worked with volunteers from a church in Guatemala to fix up a school in San Jose Pinula where 1200 poor students attend classes, Julia and Audrey helped paint and plaster

15 Mar 14 Timothy Martiny
Child Evangelism Mission Team

Child Evangelism Mission Team

This month we were blessed to once again work with Bob and Donna Kuntz, experienced child evangelists, to visit schools, orphanages and children’s ministries in and around Guatemala City. They have

15 Mar 14 Timothy Martiny
Family time with the girls from the orphanage Fundaninos

Happenings, February 2014

We have really enjoyed our in-home youth group with the girls from Fundaninos. We have come to see each one of them as special and unique to God. Missionaries, like

15 Feb 14 Timothy Martiny
Bible study with girls from the orphanage Fundaninos

A New Year Begins

Another year of classes begins! It’s always exciting to start classes again at the beginning of a new year. There is a lot of work that goes into planning, preparing

15 Jan 14 Timothy Martiny
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