By Bradley Burck and Palbo Villagran-
The statistics are depressing; 380,000 orphans in Guatemala. The highest rates of infant and maternal mortality in Latin America. 26% of children don’t receive any schooling. Malnutrition claims the lives of 38 children under the age of 5 every day. 1.6 million children living in poverty.
Into this darkness we are shining a light. For the past five years Reach Out Missions has been giving people a chance to passionately serve the world’s forgotten children in Guatemala. It begins with providing the basics; food, water, clothing, but we desire to do more. By sharing the love of Jesus with them we share an eternal hope. A hope that leaves people forever changed.
Over the years, our Reach Out Missions program has grown and improved. We have had some fantastic mission leaders. Joel Juarez is currently leading our trips, and I have been impressed with his ability to show people the heart of Guatemala. He connects so well with our guests and really makes it a point to ensure everyone who visits our home has a unique experience.
As a ministry we believe we can serve best through relationship building. When you build a healthy relationship with someone, trust is established and the person you are trying to serve is open to your help. This is why we have designed our trips to allow our team members the ability to build relationships with the children of Dorie’s Promise as well as the surrounding communities. Each part of your schedule has been designed with this is mind.
Through working in the community you will meet some of the most impoverished people on this planet. They live among garbage and make their homes out of cardboard and tin. The many children and families we serve throughout Guatemala eagerly wait for Forever Changed International to bring teams of people to share Christ’s love with them as well as provide them with what we would consider basic living essentials. Soap and a pair of shoes can brighten the eyes of a 5-year-old boy more than you can imagine. Teams that return regularly get to see how Forever Changed long-term programs are helping these children make their way to a better life.
We would love to have you come and visit. I think you will find our mission experience to be unlike any you have ever had before. You will make new friends, experience a wonderful country with a fantastic culture, and serve people who will simply be blessed by your presence and willingness to come and serve them.
Figures are from Unicef Guatemala