Monthly Archives: September 2015

“Investment Opportunity”

 

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Dear Friends,

I found out something today that I believe demands our attention.  

Some of you might know that Hope Ignited sponsors a school in the village of Las Anonas, Guatemala.  We have about 25 children that attend the school and they are amazing!  We enroll children ages 3 – 5 and when they leave our school, they enter the public school system being able to read and write and many can speak English!  Our kids enter the public school system miles ahead of their classmates.

We are approaching the end of the school year here and it is customary for the Guatemala schools to take the kids on a field trip of some kind and we would love to do the same for our school.  Most of these children have never been out of the village!   Most have never eaten at a McDonalds!

We would like to take the children to the Childrens Museum in Guatemala City on October 9th.   Then treat them all to a McDonalds Happy Meal.  We have lined up the use of a school bus to use and Oscar is going to drive it.

As always, the big issue is cost.   The museum is charging  $5.00 per child and I’m thinking the Happy Meal is another $5.00.   So, we are looking at a total cost of $250 to give these children an experience of a lifetime!

They have been trying to raise the money on their own and they have only raised a small percentage of the needed $250.  Nobody asked me to help…but I heard about it and I knew that this would be a great opportunity to bless the teachers, the children and the school for a job “well done” this year!

Don’t you think we can raise $250 to do this?

If you want to jump in…just click the button below and enter whatever amount you want.

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What a blessing this will be!

I’ll keep you posted!

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Independence…

 

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On September 15th, Guatemala will celebrate Independence Day.

There will be parades, fireworks and all the things one might expect for such a celebration. Being here for over three months has allowed me to really begin to appreciate the people of this country in many ways that I never expected. They have historically been a country that has been dominated by a leader that has been anything but fair and just. Political corruption has unfortunately been a staple of this beautiful place.

However, over the past three months I have witnessed the people, banning together to say “enough is enough” and as a result, they peacefully held demonstrations that led to the imprisonment of the Vice President  and the resignation and impending trial of the President of the country as well.  As a result, the people have discovered an enormous sense of pride in their country. Guatemalan flags are everywhere. People are rejoicing in the newly acknowledged power that they have experienced. They have unified and are demanding that their leaders listen and conduct their actions humbly and selflessly.   Even in the church, the pastors preach, “He has shown you, O mortal what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”* – Micah 6:8.  It seems in Guatemala, the people have truly spoken…

This country certainly still has its share of problems, but the sense that the people have a voice that is now being heard by the leadership, leads me to believe their future will only get better.

This is truly an amazing thing to watch and a wonderful time in history to be a part of.