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November 23, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving from the Martiny's

9 Things I’m thankful for about being a missionary

I’ve seen a lot of posts from fellow missionaries describing the difficulties of being missionary, the challenges they face, how misunderstood they feel at times and […]
November 9, 2017
Superhero T-shirts

A Day Out With The Boys

Recently I took four boys from an orphanage out for the day and we had a wonderful experience. Among the other things we do, for over […]
October 5, 2017
Fifteen years ago today, I became a missionary.

Fifteen years ago today, I became a missionary.

October 1st, 2002 we boarded a plane from New Orleans to Guatemala, the start of a journey that would change our lives forever. I was 20 […]
September 28, 2017
Students in our skills for life program in Colonia Santa Fe

What The Kids Say About Our Classes

Since you hear so much from me about the work we do, I wanted to give you a different perspective in this newsletter. Volunteers from our […]
August 29, 2017
Graduation ceremony

Taking our programming classes to the next level

We all have our limitations. There comes a time when we have taken something to the limit of our abilities and we can see where it […]
August 10, 2017

Sometimes being a missionary is about a nut and a bolt.

  Yes, you read that right, not the nuts and bolts, just a nut and a bolt. Having spent almost 15 years in Guatemala, I’ve learned […]
July 24, 2017
CADANINO, CEI

Serving those with special needs

Over the years, we have been involved with a variety of different ministries. Despite seeming differences in the profile or place where we serve, one thing […]
June 26, 2017

Martiny Family Missionaries 2017 Mid Year Highlights

Took over as General Manager of CEI, a daycare for the profoundly disabled. Our staff of PT’s/OT’s/Special Educators and caretakers work to meet the personalized needs […]
June 8, 2017
Sharie leading the women's bible study group

So we started a women’s Bible study group

For some time now we had been feeling burdened for the parents of the children who attend our community center in the slums of Colonia Santa […]
May 23, 2017
empowering women through woodworking

Empowering women thorough woodworking

Why do you teach girls carpentry? Are there any jobs for women carpenters in Guatemala? Is there a market for the things you are making? Are […]
April 16, 2017

Adoption and the Cross

That is the whole story of redemption. Starting in the beginning, in the garden. The universe was meant to be our home, it was created as […]
April 10, 2017
Fundaninos students serving

Teaching others to teach others.

The greatest gift any teacher can have is not just for his students to understand and learn what he is teaching, but for them to turn […]
April 8, 2017
timothy martiny, julia martiny

Today Julia, my oldest daughter turned 18

They say time files, and I guess it does, I can remember like yesterday the day she was born. I remember holding her in my arms […]
March 20, 2017
Serving with Casa de Libertad on Dia por Guatemala

Imagine a Church that Serves

Imagine a Church that reads the Bible, prays, and finally, imagine a church that serves! This has been the theme at our local church in Guatemala […]
March 15, 2017
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Why the world still needs Christian orphanages.

A few days ago, on March 7th 2017, a riot broke out at Virgen de Asuncion, a government run children’s home in San Jose Pinula, Guatemala. […]
February 9, 2017
cafe du monde Guatemala

Empowering women through Business as Mission

Our journey in orphan care over 14 years has been a fun and interesting one. We started out as a ministry initially focused on evangelism to […]
January 12, 2017
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, […]
December 16, 2016
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 […]
December 6, 2016
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 […]
November 24, 2016
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 […]
November 13, 2016
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 […]
October 24, 2016
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 […]
October 17, 2016
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 […]
October 4, 2016
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 […]
September 29, 2016
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. […]
September 13, 2016
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 […]
September 1, 2016
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 […]
August 11, 2016
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 […]
August 3, 2016
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 […]
July 20, 2016
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. […]
July 6, 2016
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. […]
June 27, 2016
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 […]
June 19, 2016

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 […]
June 4, 2016
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 […]
May 15, 2016

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 […]
May 1, 2016
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 […]
April 15, 2016

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 […]
April 1, 2016
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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 […]
March 15, 2016
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 […]
March 1, 2016
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 […]
February 1, 2016
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 […]
January 20, 2016
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 […]
January 1, 2016
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 […]
December 31, 2015
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 […]
December 15, 2015
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 […]
December 5, 2015
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 […]
December 1, 2015
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 […]
November 1, 2015
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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 […]
October 15, 2015
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 […]
October 1, 2015
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 […]