Since 2009, Indy Metro Church has been learning to Love Guatemala.
What started as a 3-student art school headed by Carlos and Thelma, a faith-filled couple living in Magdalena, Guatemala, is now a thriving educational ministry housed in a 10,500 square foot facility. This new facility houses an art school, cooking school, carpentry school, English school and a feeding center, with room to expand for more vocational schools.
Each year, Indy Metro sends a team to Magdalena for a week to experience life in Guatemala. While there, teams help in the vocational schools, serve and eat with the students and go on visits to families in the area. But the most important thing a team does while visiting the Love Guatemala school: give hope in the name of Jesus.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” Matthew 25:34-36
According the the World Bank, about 75% of Guatemalans live below the poverty line, 58% below the extreme poverty line. This means the majority of Guatemalans cannot afford the basic supplies needed to simply live. Love Guatemala seeks to end the cycle of poverty in Magdalena. By helping students learn a simple trade, such as art, cooking or carpentry, they can provide for their families now, and provide a better future to their children.
Indy Metro is sending another team to Guatemala during October 18 – 24, 2015. While serving on a Love Guatemala team, expect to work hard, and learn much. “Guatemala is a great experience. It teaches you to be selfless and appreciate what you have,” covenant partner Aaron Cuevas said after his recent trip to Magdalena. “It’s also a perfect time to put away the distractions of life and grow your relationship with Jesus.”
For more information about Love Guatemala, take a look at this video. Love Guatemala Informational Video
You can also visit www.loveguatemala.org
Written by: Chelsea Hoyt