Articles, news and stories about what God is doing in Guatemala

June 30, 2018
Birthday Party in Santa Fe

2018 Mid-Year Update

­­ 2018 Mid-Year Report. This has been a busy year for us so far! Our ministry has grown substantially, not just in the numbers of those […]
May 30, 2018

Being a part of something bigger

­­ Being a part of something bigger. We are all a part of something bigger. Something bigger than ourselves, bigger than our choices, bigger than the […]
April 25, 2018

Orphan Care – Beyond Orphanages, Serving for a Lifetime

­­ Orphan Care – Beyond Orphanages, serving for a lifetime. When does our ministry end? When do we check someone we have been serving off our […]
April 1, 2018

Happy Easter 2018

­­ We pray that you are well on this wonderful Easter day as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. We were blessed to be […]
March 30, 2018
orphan prevention

Orphan Prevention, Getting to the Root of the Problem

­­ Orphan Prevention, getting to the root of the problem. Children are best served in families. We know this, yet in Guatemala, as many as 80 […]
February 27, 2018
orphan care loving when it's hard

Orphan Care-Loving When It’s Hard

Anyone can love when it’s easy; but, it’s how we respond when things are hard, that truly demonstrates the heart of God.
January 18, 2018
Lucy reading with students in our center

Investing in People

Why we invest in people. Ministry, at its heart, is about people!
December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

My kids made me so proud this Christmas.
December 11, 2017
Fundaninos students serving

2017 Year End Report

This has been our best year ever. I know I probably say that every year, but that’s because it’s true. In our 15 years as missionaries […]
November 23, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving from the Martiny's

9 Things I’m thankful for about being a missionary

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 […]
November 9, 2017
Superhero T-shirts

A Day Out With The Boys

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 […]
October 5, 2017
Fifteen years ago today, I became a missionary.

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 […]
September 28, 2017
Students in our skills for life program in Colonia Santa Fe

What The Kids Say About Our Classes

August 29, 2017
Graduation ceremony

Taking our programming classes to the next level

August 10, 2017
nut and bolt

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

July 24, 2017
CADANINO, CEI

Serving those with special needs

June 26, 2017

2017 Mid Year Highlights

June 8, 2017
Sharie leading the women's bible study group

So we started a women’s Bible study group

May 23, 2017
empowering women through woodworking

Empowering women thorough woodworking

April 16, 2017
adoption and the cross

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
Death-toll-from-fire-at-Guatemalan-girls-shelter-rises-to-40

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
Sharie, with the wonderful volunteers from our Casa de Libertad, our local church.

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 15, 2016
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 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 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 an orphanage

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 the director of an Fundaninos, an orphanage where we serve in Guatemala, were blessed to attend the CAFO (Christian Alliance for […]
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

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
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 […]
October 1, 2015

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 […]
September 15, 2015

Happenings, September 2015

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 […]
September 1, 2015
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 […]
August 15, 2015
Seedling

Where is the Fruit?

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 […]
July 1, 2015
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 […]
July 1, 2015

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 […]
June 15, 2015
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 […]
May 15, 2015
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 […]
May 1, 2015

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 […]
April 1, 2015
Bible study with youth group from orphanage

Happenings, April 2015

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 […]
February 15, 2015
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 […]
January 15, 2015
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. […]
January 1, 2015
The teachers at the Precious Moments School and Orphanage

Happenings, January 2015

This month we have been planning the curriculum and classes for the 2015 school year. Last year we saw incredible progress, both educationally and spiritually, in the […]
December 30, 2014
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 […]
December 15, 2014
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 […]
September 1, 2014
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 […]
August 15, 2014
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 […]
August 1, 2014
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 […]
July 1, 2014
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 […]
June 15, 2014
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, […]
June 15, 2014
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. […]
May 1, 2014
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 […]
April 15, 2014
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 […]
March 15, 2014

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 […]
March 15, 2014
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 […]
February 15, 2014
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 […]
January 15, 2014
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 […]