In 2009, La Misión began working in the rural villages of Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. These villages are below the poverty level and did not have access to medical, dental, or optical care. Through providing care in these areas, La Misión has made relationships with the people of these communities.
La Misión’s goal is to promote fundamental development within the different communities in Guatemala by training, guiding, and empowering each individual so that they can fulfill God’s purpose for their life and community. With the help from our United States sponsors we hope to improve their education by assisting in the hiring of Christian based teachers, supply nutritional food supplements to improve health throughout the region, and provide new shoes to each child in order to prevent disease transmission through the soles of their feet. The Scholarship Program will begin with one village, Sarita, and we hope to expand the program to other villages in the future.
In general, education throughout Guatemala is extremely underfunded. With the financial support from our sponsors, La Misión will be able to take part in the curriculum that is being taught in the villages. We will assist in the hiring of three new teachers which will help build the relationships within the local schools. One of the new teachers will not only teach the regular school curriculum, but also provide a Christian/Biblical based education introducing morals and values essential for communal living, as well as the Gospel.
Your sponsorship will provide:
- The assisted hiring of three new teachers, one of whom will provide a Christian/Biblical based education.
- New shoes for each student twice a year.
- Each child will receive Incaparina, a nutritional supplement that contains essential vitamins and nutrients, each day at school.
La Misión’s five year goal is to expand this Scholarship Program into five more villages. Our vision is that each church or organization that we work with will be able to “adopt a village” in the Puerto Barrios region. By adopting a village, you and your church/organization will be able to visit with your sponsored child each time your short-term mission team travels to Guatemala on a mission trip.
In ten years, La Misión’s goal is to have sponsors for the students in all of the eleven villages. We hope that the other projects we have planned for the Puerto Barrios region will be in the process of completion and the communities will be on their way to becoming self-sustainable with improvements in health, education, and most importantly, knowing the Gospel and knowing their own personal savior, Jesus Christ.
God is amazing in His timing, and we know He will provide with abundance for this project if it is in His will and glory.