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Celebrating Independence in Guatemala

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Dorie's Promise children in Traditional Mayan outfits.

By Kelly Shank –

Children at Dorie's Promise celebrating Guatemalan Independence.Independence Day. What comes to mind when you hear those words? Fireworks. Parades. National Pride. Every summer we pause as a nation to celebrate the day our founding fathers declared their independence from England. In September, the people of Guatemala will do the same.

Much like our own independence celebrations, on September 15th Guatemalans take to the streets to celebrate their independence from Spanish rule.

With vigor and pride that rivals any July 4th celebration, towns become a sea of blue and white while the people of Guatemala overflow with national pride, celebrating a history that is both triumphant and fragile. Bringing together both indigenous Mayans and those of Spanish decent, Independence Day highlights bright traditional Mayan garments as performers showcase traditional dances and more modern traditions that bring a contemporary flair to the celebration.

Cities are filled with music as parades of marching bands and school groups weave their way down streets. Performing in these parades is an honor and young musicians will practice extravagant routines and complicated musical pieces for months in advance. The heavy sounds of percussion instruments mixed with the whimsical tones of the traditional marimba pieces are the perfect blend of Guatemalan culture.

Independence, peace, and national pride are prized within Guatemala but they did not come easily. September 15th celebrates victory over the struggle and turmoil that plagued Guatemala for many centuries. Originally inhabited by indigenous Mayans, Spain’s first conquest into Guatemala occurred in 1511 and by 1523 the area was officially a Spanish colony. For nearly 300 years Spain controlled the majority of Central America until on September 15, 1821 Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras declared their independence. All five nations continue to celebrate their joint independence and unique cultures with the “Antorcha de la Indepencia” relay each year. The 350 km relay commemorates the efforts of Maria Delores Bedoya who ran through the streets of Guatemala on September 14, 1821 carrying a lantern to bolster support amongst the people for independence and inject hope for their future.

A Guatemalan Independence day paradeIndependence has not been without hardship for Guatemalans. Throughout its history various governments created an environment that was difficult for the people of the country, especially those in rural areas. Their rich agricultural regions were exploited by large foreign companies and governments for much of the twentieth century, eventually leading to a devastating civil war that waged from 1960 to 1996. The Monument of Peace is located in the National Palace as a lasting reminder of the country’s struggle for peace and hope for a unified future. Together the nation is moving forward to create a government for everyone.

We are proud to be a small part of this movement as we raise the next generation of Guatemalan leaders.

The long struggle for independence created a fierce patriotism within Guatemala. As they celebrate Independence Day this week, Guatemalans will remember their history, honor their traditions, and look forward to greater progress with hope for the future. We wish our staff and children a wonderful Independence Day complete with fun, music, parades, and of course, fireworks.

Christmas for Orphans at Dorie’s Promise

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Christmas at Dorie's Promise with special guests Elisa and Superman.Christmas — the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ in a stable outside an inn in the town of Bethlehem. A time of love, peace, and harmony.

Christmas in Guatemala is celebrated in a very special way — streets, homes, and businesses begin setting up all kinds of representative motifs of the season, multicolored lights, and all kinds of creative adornments, especially red. It’s all very festive.

Throughout the last month of the year, firecrackers and fireworks of all kinds thrill children — even more so on the 24th, 25th, and 31st of December. On January 1, fireworks are lit all day and all night, making the day something truly unique and special.

Unfortunately, many Guatemalan children don’t have the opportunity to celebrate this time of year because they live in desperately poor areas, beset by violence and the lack of progress. They live where Christmas doesn’t exist.

We know most of the children at Dorie’s Promise have previously, personally lived this situation, so that’s the reason we want to make this season something special for them. Every year our children have Playing on the bouncy house at the Christmas celebration.been blessed — several sponsors have made it possible to celebrate Christmas, reminding the children of the real reason behind the season and giving them a fun time full of surprises.

Throwing a Christmas party for the children fills us with excitement and joy. This year we made an invitation card for each child — they received them two days before the celebration. From that moment, their curiosity was peaked and their excitement began to build. In addition, every boy and girl got a completely new outfit to wear to the party; they were very grateful and couldn’t wait to wear it!

When the big day came, the children went down to the backyard, were a huge Pirate Ship Jumping Castle was waiting for them. Immediately they got in — and the FUN began!!!

They also had grilled hot dogs and a sundae they got to prepare at an ice cream bar.

Right before the piñata, they had a visit from Princess Elsa, Princess Aurora, Superman, and a funny clown! They were really surprised, and the kids began to hug them. Each child also received Ice Cream Sundae's at Christmas Partya Christmas gift — they were ALL excited about their new toys. The celebration ended with the piñata and their pockets filled with candy!!

They really had a great time! We want to thank the sponsors who gave above and beyond to make this special Christmas party possible, as well as the mission team who helped us put the celebration on. We hope you notice the delight on the children’s faces and know that you made a true difference in their lives.

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Special Christmas Dinner Christmas Presents!!! Checking out the new toys.Toys for ChristmasChristmas with ElisaA new doll for MariaThe boys gathered around the Christmas TreeEnjoying Christmas presents.

The Challenge : Poverty in Guatemala

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Can you imagine living on a budget of one dollar a day per person in your family?

What would you eat?

What happens when you need a doctor?

In one of the Ghettos of Guatemala City

By Arwen McGilvra-

A home in the ghettoIn Guatemala, nearly 8 million people live in rural areas, and of those, 57% live in poverty, which means they have a budget of about one dollar a day. When you talk to people here in Guatemala about it, they’ll say that it’s hard, but that you can survive. And it’s true, you can survive with one dollar a day.

But there is a catch: the truth is, survive is all you can do; these families don’t have the luxury of sending their children to school — they have to stay home to work with the family. Yet many families are able to bond and grow despite these conditions.

“I still can’t wrap my brain around it,” says Beth Godwin, describing the poverty she saw during a recent trip to Guatemala with Dorie’s Promise. “As much as I tried, nothing prepared me for what I witnessed. People, hundreds of them, including children, scrounging and tearing through GARBAGE in order to find anything to sell for food. How can this be possible just a short 3-hour plane ride from our comfortable homes and well-stocked pantries?”

How do these children living in the ghettos and working in the dumps grow up? Most of them just want to make it from one day to the next. Their greatest achievement is the next meal, or maybe a pair of shoes that fit.

Many people in Guatemala live on less than a dollar a dayRhonda Reinke also shared her experience with us: “The smell of the dump was nauseating even from high on the cliff. It was surreal. Yet it is the reality that some live with daily.

Even in the midst of this, there is hope.

Many agencies have projects in place in an attempt to create change, including the government, international aid, and nonprofit organizations from around the world. What’s unique at Forever Changed International and Dorie’s Promise is that we work in multifaceted ways to relieve the poverty.

We want to challenge you to join us in our efforts….

  • Poverty and unemployment lead some people to drugs, gangs, prostitution, theft … ultimately resulting in families living on the street. Children growing up in these situations experience more than just hunger — they face abuse, neglect, and hopelessness. These are the children we want to reach — these are the children who live in our home. Many of them come from these sorts of situations and would be living on the street without Dorie’s Promise.

We currently only have room for 40 children. If we are able to reach our goal of 100% sponsorship, we will be able to use additional gifts to expand our ministry to serve even more children!

  • Giving a water filter to a family in needSecondly, our water for life ministry provides water filters and pilas (a kind of sink) to needy families in the ghettos. Without water to clean your hands or your dishes, or for preparing food, sickness becomes a major problem. Not to mention the fact that clean water just isn’t available or affordable to those living in poverty. The water that many people drink is full of contaminants, and women and girls often spend much of their day collecting water and carrying it back to their homes. According to Gary White, co-founder of Water.org, the lost productivity of people collecting water is greater than the combined number of hours worked in a week by employees at WalMart, United Parcel Service, McDonald’s, IBM, Target, and Kroger.*

Water Filters The cost to provide a water filter for one family is just $40. The filter will provide clean drinking and usable water for a family of four for three months. In the past year we have provided 130 water filters to families. It’s good start, but we’d like to double or triple that number next year.

Pilas A pila is the main tool for washing and cleaning and holding clean water in the slums and ghettos of Guatemala City, where clean running water simply doesn’t exist. Now you can provide a pila for a family for just $50.

  • Lastly, we have our mission teams, groups visiting Dorie’s Promise Guatemala that have the opportunity to connect with our kids and be the hands and feet of the Gospel. Visiting teams help us install pilas and concrete floors and distribute the water filters. They experience the poverty firsthand and return to their homes to be ambassadors, raising awareness and funds, becoming prayer warriors and sponsors.

We invite you to join us. Check out our online handbook and then fill out an application online.

“I will never forget the time I spent in Guatemala with the Dorie’s Promise team. It was thought-provoking, heartbreaking, soul-stirring, and gut-wrenching all at once.” —Beth Godwin

*http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/women/

Make an exceptional education a reality for our children…

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Ana studying at school

By Heather Radu-

You can feel it in the air … School is back in full swing. The big yellow buses are on the road, high school sports are in the paper, and no matter your age or stage in life you’re probably being invited to see children perform in all kinds of activities.

As I got my own children ready for the new school year, I was thinking about our little ones at Dorie’s Promise. I asked Alej Diaz, our director, to give me an update on the education strategy we introduced to you last year.

The results of what we are doing will warm your heart and remind you of how you are part of something special in Guatemala.

You may remember Ana. You may remember Ana. She is the third of five siblings who came to live with us in 2009. When Ana arrived at our home, her sadness and uncertainty were undeniable. You can tell by the picture of Ana and her siblings when they arrived.

Ana could not enroll in the public school system in Guatemala because she did not have the proper legal documentation required. To try to make up for the school she was missing, she began a home schooling program at the age of 7. Our team at Dorie’s Promise worked diligently with her to get her ready for school.

When she was finally able to enroll in kindergarten, it was difficult for her. She was older than the other children, and she struggled to adapt and make friends.

I remember her saying one time, “I cannot do it.” And it broke my heart. Alej and I and the whole team in Guatemala prayed for her and asked God to change things for Ana.

Her frustration with school continued. Our onsite teachers were always helping her get her homework finished on time. Imagine it … a little girl floundering in a school system that was setting her up for a pattern of failure.

Today things are different. When we didn’t know exactly what to do to help, God stepped in and took over.

Ana started attending El Shaddai last year. The opportunity to partner with the school has been a Godsend for our team — and even more than that for our children. Your giving and prayers have changed things in Ana’s life.

Our staff members will tell you that where they saw frustration they now see unmatched effort. Where they saw a pattern of negativity, they now see Ana growing into a thriving young child. She is motivated to learn. She is excited about her future!

Ana's happy now and succeeding in schoolNow Ana says, “I love my school. They teach us about God. I like going there every day. The teachers are nice to me. I have learned so many things. And my favorite subject is English.”

What a change! Thank you for praying and giving to make private education possible for so many of our school-aged children. Because of what we did TOGETHER last year, our children have the privilege of receiving an exceptional education.

Today I want to ask you to join me again. The school year in Guatemala runs from January to October. We currently have 18 children attending.

Twelve of these 18 have been tested and accepted into El Shaddai. We have found other private school options for the remaining six children who have significant academic challenges, preventing them from attending El Shaddai at this time.

The average cost of sending each child to a private school is $1,500 per year. This amount covers tuition, books, uniforms, afterschool activities, tutoring, supplies, and transportation.

Imagine being able to give your child a life-changing private education for only $125 per month.

The total cost for all 18 children to attend private school for the 2013 school year is $27,000. So far we have commitments of $6,900 — which covers the cost of about five of our children.

Preschoolers play with staff at Dorie's PromiseAs a result, we need to raise $21,100 so that 13 more children can have the opportunity to receive the education they need and deserve this coming January!

Please help us raise $21,100 before December 31, 2013, so our children can be given the gift of a private education this Christmas.

I don’t know what you could give between now and the end of the year. My job is to simply ask that you give — and to do so with a joyful heart. Every gift matters as we work to make sure the children in our care are given an exceptional education.

You may be able to give $1,500 or $750. Maybe $125, $75, or $50 is more within your budget. Whatever that amount is, I want to ask you to give it today. Together, let’s give our children the opportunity to grow spiritually and academically through private Christian education.

Thank you again for all your prayers and support. Thank you for telling your friends and family about Dorie’s Promise and the work we are doing at Forever Changed International. May God richly bless you for all that you do!

P.S.  Think back to when school was brand-new. When the first day there seemed like the whole world was changing. Many children face school, not as a hopeful and exciting time, but as a frightening and uncertain time. But together, we can give our children at Dorie’s Promise something different….

 

Educational Opportunity Overcomes Tragic Circumstances

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Children from Dorie's Promise Heading to School

By MJ Zelaya-

Working to teach the children at Dorie's PromiseUntil recently, our children didn’t have the opportunity to get an education in a school that wasn’t public. Guatemala public schools can be overcrowded, and the education is sub-par. Now, thanks to El Shaddai Christian School and some generous donors, more and more of our kids are getting quality education.

When they first started, it wasn’t easy for them. Most of our children have tragic backgrounds — ranging from neglect to abuse. Until they came to Dorie’s Promise, they didn’t have good structure in their lives. When they arrived, they were introduced to some structure and certainly more stability … but still many of them struggled to socialize.

“Right now we are working with our pre-school kids,” says one teacher, Beverly Humes, who started at our home in May. “We want them to have the natural abilities that some of our earlier kids had to work hard for.”

These abilities are:

  • Personal and social development: which focuses on how to socialize, solving conflicts, and how to relate to other people both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Pre-mathematics: focuses on early math processes, mental agility, and reasoning.
  • Relationship and knowledge of the environment: reflective thinking — the ability to recognize the peculiarities of the environment they occupy and the rules to work within it.
  • Communication: working on developing basic communication skills, learning to understand the importance of dialogue, as well the basics of reading and writing.
  • Fine and gross motor skills: stimulates the sensitive capacities for a better management of their movements, to obtain control of one’s body and space.

Doing homework at Dorie's Promise GuatemalaThese five abilities combined with behavioral modifiers (reinforcement) and rules will not only make it easier for our kids to fit in an educational system, but it also enhances their current learning process, giving them the structure they need in everyday life.

“Our kids are motivated,” Beverly says. “There has been great progress from the first weeks — our kids have acquired a working structure, and they know their routine inside the classroom. They are showing great progress in creativity and their capacity to express themselves.”

While they play games, focusing on all of these aspects, our kids develop a sense of affection, friendship, fellowship, and, in general, a sense of independence and autonomy that is necessary in becoming independent and functioning adults.

“It has been a great ride,” remarks Beverly. “It is inspiring to see how our kids develop and become better people.”

Another Happy Ending

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

By Pablo Villagran-

This week marks the conclusion of one of the happiest stories we have seen at Dorie’s Promise. It isn’t the adoption of a child, or even a big donation, but the return of brothers Jonathan, 9, and Gerson, 5, to their birth mother.

Gerson was able to return home in mid-August and with Jonathan finishing his school year he will be going home in the next few days.

The judge who first decided to remove them from their home decided that their mother had made sufficient progress in dealing with her personal problems. Since the hearing in August, Jonathan had been visiting his home most weekends.

Fortunately, court officials are to follow-up in this case to make sure the mother is fulfilling all her requirements and adequately caring for her sons. (Their father has died.)

After shuttling through temporary custody for awhile, Jonathan and Gerson came to live with us in July of 2010. While are delighted to see them going back to their mother, although we will miss them a lot.

Many mission teams and other people who came during the past two years got to know them, and we are sure they will miss them as well.

The boys’ teacher, Claudia Roncal, says the effort to reintegrate them with their natural family began six months ago.

She says the Dorie’s Promise staff assisted in this process by offering psychological and spiritual support for their mother.

Jonathan had more issues with rejection and memories of abusive behavior than his younger brother, since Gerson didn’t witness as much violence in their home, she adds.

“Jonathan came here with a deep aggression caused by his mother,” Claudia says. “The wound in his heart stemmed from his relationship with her. We worked with his mother for two hours on a number on Saturdays. Basically, it was a process of showing them how to play, talk and forgive.

“Because Gerson is younger, he wasn’t exposed to as much violence as Jonathan was. And, since he saw a lot of kids at the home leaving with their adoptive parents, he was very open to the idea of going back with his mother.”

Finally, when the day came that the judge declared the two boys could return home, Claudia says everyone experienced a range of emotions.

Although the judge said they could return home immediately, their teacher reached an agreement with Jonathan’s mother to allow him to stay with Dorie’s Promise until he finished the school year.

“I have seen his mother learning—after three years of being apart from her son—learning how to be a mother again,” Claudia says. “She is letting go of the past, too. Through all of this, we have seen how Jonathan is a wonderful child who was just desperate to be accepted by his mother.”

While this story has a happy ending, not all children living at Dorie’s Promise experience such an outcome. Some will remain with us throughout their adolescence. If you want to help children like Jonathan and Gerson, sign up for our sponsor program click here.

Meals for Miguel

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Forever Changed International

By Pablo Villagran-

To show the kind of impact a mission trip to Guatemala can make, consider “Meals for Miguel,” set up by college students from Alabama after they came here last Christmas season.

The group raised more than $600, which they sent to Dorie’s Promise recently to help us buy food.

Meals for Miguel originated with young people from Destiny Christian Center in Prattville, Alabama. In addition to their efforts, students from Prattville Christian Academy donated a large amount to the fund-raiser.

During their visit, the young members of Destiny Christian Center distributed food and clothing inside the garbage dump in Guatemala City.

“Our guide for the day was a boy named Miguel,” says Noah Crossfield, who organized the project. “He is the same age (18) as I am, which resonated with me. Miguel told us about his life and how he worked about 12 hours a day to help feed his family, which has five children.

“Then he told us the most shocking part: He only earned about 50 cents per day. I was blown away by this. I did the math and figured that equaled about five Ritz crackers a day for each family member.”

Taking inspiration from other, similar initiatives, Noah suggested students from the church “swap places” with the poorest people in Guatemala for a day.

They would only eat five Ritz crackers, then take the money they would have spent on food that day and send it to Guatemala. For instance, if someone normally spent $10 on lunch they would skip it so they could donate that money to Dorie’s Promise, says Noah, a freshman at Auburn University.

“It was a great experience,” he says. “It really put into perspective how much my giving can mean. When I know that one dollar given to Guatemala can buy two pounds of corn meal to make tortillas, it makes it seem like my gift does something really awesome.”

Anna Davis, another volunteer, also saw what the difference small gifts can make in the lives of the needy. She says the cost of a typical fast-food combo meal can go exponentially further in Guatemala—and besides, American students would benefit from skipping a burger and fries.

 “We can give a tremendous amount of support without really affecting our daily lives, says Davis, a freshman at the University of Alabama. “The lack of basic necessities in Guatemala is obvious and disheartening, but I had never realized how easy it is to help ease some of the strain. “Meals for Miguel showed me that we have no excuse to deny aid.”

In working on this project, Noah learned that the exchange rate means every dollar given in the U.S. equals about two dollars of food in Guatemala. Food bags costing $12 can feed a small family for a month, he says.

“I discovered that we actually raised enough money to buy food for a family for the four years that I’ll be in college,” he says. “That fact by itself made it totally worth it.”

Summer Mission Trippers were a Blessing

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

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By Pablo Villagran- 

New plants in our backyard, smoother-running vehicles, and better-organized storage areas are signs of the blessings summer mission teams brought to Dorie’s Promise this year.

Sixteen teams visited us between mid-May and the end of August, ranging from a single visitor from Virginia to a 22-member group from Indiana.

Besides new plants, teams also helped clean and upgrade our garden. One group of volunteers handled vehicle repairs and maintenance, while others organized storage areas. A number of teams painted the houses on our property and donated money to help renovate our school room (what an answer to prayer!).

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These missionaries also fanned out into the community, helping those in need while boosting our standing with local residents. Their work included:

  • Installing several pilas (water stations) in the ghetto.
  • Pouring cement floors in four houses
  • Building three homes.
  • Delivering many donations to poor communities in Guatemala City.

These projects also touched those who participated in them. Brian Tunsall of Velsano, Pennsylvania, says his heart was enlarged by serving here.

“The relationships I gained with the staff and children are imprinted on my heart,” says Tunsall, pastor of Believers Fellowship Church. “It was a pleasure to partner with the staff to see God’s kingdom and love come upon the treasured children there.”

A church member called it an honor to serve beside those who may not be famous, but are known by the King of Kings.

“My trip to Guatemala stirred an innate desire for God’s presence to touch every life and soul that I come in contact with,” says Jill Noelle Smith “I saw the power of the Gospel manifest itself in the simplest terms.”

Such comments illustrate another reality—the mission groups showed an impressive spiritual maturity.

Trinity Chapel Mission team

They brought the Word into daily situations, were receptive to receiving God’s direction in various situations, and demonstrated sensitivity to His presence.

Not surprisingly, these groups affected our kids and staff members in many positive ways. They spent valuable time and considerable sums of money to come to Guatemala to spend time with our children. They had a tangible impact on the staff by demonstrating love to our kids, making financial donations, and helping further our mission.

Each group that comes to Dorie’s Promise brings with them God’s presence. This intangible, but very felt love helps to heal and fill the children, making every trip special.

Seeing the realities of life here and stepping out of normal, daily routines helps volunteers appreciate what matters most in life. Many have told us that a trip here is worth it because they are not just spending money—they are investing it in the forgotten children of Guatemala.

If you want to know more about a mission trip to Dorie's Promise, we have everything you need to know on our mission trip pages.

 

Newest Child Diego

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

By Desi Stephens

The newest child at Dorie’s Promise came to us Sept. 5 from sad circumstances. We aren’t sure, but we think Diego de Jesus is about 13 months old. We will obtain further information at a court hearing in January.

Diego’s mother was homeless when she gave birth and unable to properly care for him. Finally, she left her son with a former neighbor.

The woman explained to police and a social worker that she couldn’t care for the child either because of her struggles with various health issues. In addition, she said his medical expenses were beyond her budget and she hoped the court could help find him a family.

While this little boy may come from a deprived background, he has been welcomed to our home with open arms! Our Special Mothers are always thrilled when we receive a new child. Each one is a reminder why we continue to serve the people of Guatemala— particularly the most vulnerable.

“Diego was so shy, sad and cried a lot,” says Ismalde Sumale, the Special Mother who has been caring for Diego. “It is amazing how his life changed in one week. He has a clean, comfortable bed, food and the most important thing—love. He is happier now and smiles a lot. He is comfortable with the home and the personnel.”

Though initially kept in an isolation room because of our house rules, Diego already identifies with Ismalde and loves spending time with her.

Sadly, it is common for our orphanage and others in our region to receive children under circumstances where economic resources are lacking. In some parts of Guatemala families face the reality of not being able to feed their children on a daily basis.

A diverse city, Guatemala City has many people living on the margins. Small, locally- owned businesses struggle to survive amid wealthier, overseas investors establishing their influence over the market.

The addition of Diego gives us 37 children in houses 5 and 6. Though as an organization we have the financial resources to operate with 40, one of our biggest needs is for people willing to sponsor a child (go to the sponsorship tab on this site.)

We rely on missions and child sponsorship to continue providing our children with everything they need to grow up into the people God created them to be.

To our supporters: please pray that God will help Diego make a successful transition into Dorie’s Promise. Although he seems to be adjusting and enjoys playing with other children, it is always a shock to a new child coming into an orphanage. Pray that Diego will feel safe and special.

Newest Child Maria

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

By Desi Stephens-

The newest child at our home came to us from the government orphanage where FCI’s mission teams serve. Maria was placed there two days after her birth when her 19-year-old mother abandoned her.

Special Mother Ismelda Sumale is caring for Maria, who was born Apr. 14.

“Before coming to Dorie’s Promise she didn’t smile a lot,” Ismelda says. “Now she is always smiling. She really enjoys her bottle and I love spending time with her. She is so cute.”

Unfortunately, it isn’t shocking for the court system to refer babies to us who have been abandoned at the hospital. It happens often in Guatemala City.

Before a Guatemalan family can adopt Maria, certain legal steps must occur. For a child to make the adoption registry, officials must first investigate to determine if extended family members want to go through the legal process to obtain custody.

If no family expresses an interest in adoption, the child can be moved to “favorable” adoption status.

Currently, only domestic adoptions are taking place in Guatemala.

While we wait to see what happens, there are two major ways that supporters can pray for Maria.

One is for healing, since she is sick—pray that God would watch over her and provide her with good health. The other is that individuals would sponsor her so that all her needs would be met, from medicine to food.

It only costs $35 a month to sponsor a child. Our children benefit greatly from donors’ generosity.

With Maria joining us recently, our home has 38 children, just six shy of capacity. As a private home, we feel the impact of international adoptions being closed. Our prayer is that we will be able to expand our home to continue serving the children of Guatemala.

In addition to expansion, we have three major projects that we are trying to accomplish:

1) The first is getting our four homes well established. Pray that new donors would join our mission.

2) We need about $5,000 for improvements to our backyard.

3) We are hoping to raise funds to buy a new van. Our children are growing and we need more reliable transportation for them, as well as our mission teams. A new van will cost $25,000.

As we like to say here, no gift is too small and all gifts are appreciated.

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