Guatemala Mission Team Forming
The WPAUMC Encounter With Christ in Latin America and the Caribbean is recruiting volunteers to “spread the love” and grow their faith during a Volunteers in Mission (VIM) trip to Guatemala scheduled for October 31 – November 9, 2019. The team will work with the indigenous Mayan people who live in the Guatemalan Highlands.
Although all details of this adventure have not been worked out, plans include:
- Painting a dormitory and updating the electrical system at a church camp.
- Providing ministry to the disabled via a wheelchair distribution
- Visiting a women's sewing ministry where we will deliver one or two sewing machines
- Possibly assisting with an ecological stove distribution
- A sight-seeing day at Lake Atitlan, (see https://www.atitlan.com/ ) OR Antigua, (see http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/65).
The Mayan population of Guatemala was targeted during the 36-year civil war that lasted from 1960 – 1996. Many outsiders now recognize this conflict as a genocide. "The faith group we will work with, The National Evangelical Primitive Methodist Church of Guatemala, provides a foundation where faith and community grow, side-by-side, to help lift the Mayan people out of the spiritual and economic difficulty resulting from the civil war and ongoing discrimination against indigenous peoples," said Jodale Barnhart, liaison to the Encounter with Christ. "Please prayerfully consider how you might contribute to our efforts to work hand-in-hand with our friends in Guatemala."
No special construction skills are needed to join the team. There will be a place for anyone who desires to serve others, grow spiritually, and learn about another culture. Team members do NOT need to speak Spanish. Accommodations will be in a hotel. November weather in the Guatemalan Highlands should be pleasant
during the day and cool at night.
The cost will be under $2,000. Partial Scholarships are available but must be applied for by August 1. The scholarship application form is available on the WPAUMC website under "Missions," or a form can be requested from Jodale Barnhart or VIM coordinator Sandra Matoushaya.