What we did this year

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Sharie teaching cooking classes at Fundaninos

What we did this year

December 6, 2016
Timothy Martiny
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Sharie teaching cooking classes at Fundaninos

Sharie teaching cooking classes at Fundaninos

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, but we as we have walked it we have been blessed to see hearts changed, lives restored and those we minister to develop a deeper relationship with their heavenly Father.Below is a short list of the highlights from 2016, we are grateful for each and every person who helped make it possible. Please join us in thanking our heavenly father for what he has done.

Sincerely, Tim, Sharie, Julia, Audrey, Vanessa, Jessica, Alex and Alison Martiny

The Orphanage Fundaninos

  • Worked with the Independence Committee to better prepare the children for life outside the orphanage
  • Worked with the Discipleship Committee at the home to pour into the children spiritually and started a discipleship group with the boys
  • Taught 180 woodworking, carpentry, engineering and culinary arts classes to the students
  • Held the first annual Vacation Bible Camp on Missional Living with two mission teams and volunteers from our local church in Guatemala
  • Taught financial literacy classes to the high school students
  • Started an entrepreneurial program with students to create and sell their own products
  • Students in our vocational training classes have earned over $1500 in our classes this year and deposited their savings in to their own bank accounts
  • Spent countless hours counseling students who have or are in the process of transitioning out of the orphanage
    Got vacation jobs for 5 of the high school students at the orphanage
  • Took a former student into our home as she transitioned out of the orphanage

VETC, Vocational Educational Training Center

  • Revamped our classes in Colonia Santa to include more children from the local community
  • +60 children enrolled in our afternoon classes which provided: prayer, Bible study, computer training and tutoring
  • Installed internet access at the center so children can study using online learning tools
    Celebrated classes for the year with a trip to the zoo and a closing ceremony that was attending by over 100 people from the community
  • Our teacher taught over 275 classes at the center

Cadanino, Ministry to the Disabled

  • Assisted with setting up a daycare for 25 residents from ABI, the government home for the profoundly disabled
    Sourced furniture and appliances, installed a security system and safety equipment, helped remodel the facility to better serve the children
  • Assisted with transportation to events and activities.

BAM, Business as Mission

  • Opened a small coffee shop kiosk to provide job training to students from our culinary arts program at the orphanage and provide employment to women in Guatemala
  • We have two students from the orphanage who are working there for the Christmas holidays
    Other
  • Assisted six mission teams in ministry
  • Attended the Christian Alliance for Orphans conference to learn how to better serve the children in our care
  • Hosted a missionary intern who we hope will return and serve with us
  • Spent countless hours loving, caring and ministering to those in our care

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