The story of how we came to be missionaries in Guatemala is unique, to say the least. In 2002 we came on a short-term trip, we had two daughters at the time, aged 3 years and 5 months. We had planned to stay for 3 months, but after spending some time here we felt called to full-time service so we decided to stay.
We had little money, spoke almost no Spanish and had no support, but we stuck it out and 15 years and four more kids later, we are still here.
For the first several years we worked with youth groups doing street evangelism, assisting with outreaches, doing food distribution and distributing humanitarian aid.
In 2005 we started working with a small orphanage in zone-7 of Guatemala City, teaching English and Bible classes, and that was the beginning of our Skills for Life programs which have grown to several orphanages and schools and which provide computer, English, carpentry and cooking classes to hundreds of children.
As Christians, it is our faith in God which drives us to do dedicate our time and energy to teach train and equip these children to live a better life. As such teaching them to have faith in God, to find their morality from the Bible, and seek to live a holy life. To this end we teach Bible studies to our students and teach them to memorize scripture.
Raising 6 children in a less developed country has been quite a challenge. God has definitely used it grow our faith as we have had to depend on Him to supply our needs.
Our current ministries include running educational and vocational training programs to children at an orphanage through our woodworking, engineering and culinary arts programs the students learn practical life skills, work ethic and financial management. We disciple them and provide community, walking alongside them as they make their way in the world. We also run a community center in the slums where over 100 children are enrolled in computer classes and Bible club and a daycare for the profoundly disabled.