In June we finally, after 3 long years, signed the purchase agreement for our property. With $250k raised we still need $350k to complete the purchase of the ministry site here in Guatemala. $250k of that needs to be paid by June 4th - Please be in prayer with us for God’s provision.
We said goodbye to the Norton family. They left to pursue working in orphan care. We are thankful for the time they served here and wished them well with their new pursuits! They didn’t go far, only about 15 minutes away, and we see them from time to time.
Sofia Padilla joined our team as School Director. The year before she was our brilliant math tutor. She is a strong leader and has done an excellent job organizing the school and leading the students and teachers. She is in university pursuing a degree in mathematics. We are happy to have her and love seeing her dedication to the kids and the ministry.
We welcomed 2 new families to the program - Rosa and Elizabeth. Elizabeth has 2 children Brian Miguel and Caty. Rosa has 1 son, Geraldo. Both ladies joined our leather working shop.
We started a leather working project. All of last year was spent learning the craft and developing products to export and sell in the US. The ladies have worked hard learning how to sew leather by hand. More details on this project in a few weeks!
Nida Padilla joined our team as Women’s Director/Office Manager. She handles all of the secretarial and bookkeeping tasks of the ministry as well as manages all of our employees. She also works directly with the ladies in the ministry by leading daily devotions, 1:1 discipleship, counseling, budgeting and life coaching. She has an excellent rapport with the ladies and bridges the cultural gap for us. We are blessed to have her working with us!
2018 was our second year of operating a school at our ministry site. It was a very successful year for all of our students. All of them came from a public education to our high quality, private education and the transition was not easy. We saw tremendous growth academically and spiritually in our students. The ladies study in the afternoons and have made significant progress as well. We are very proud of each and every student, adult and child alike, and the progress they have made academically!
2018 brought a few changes to our ministry here at Project for Hope but we ended our year well. We saw God working in the hearts of our people and we saw growth, both mentally and spiritually, as a result. Little by little we are starting to see fruit of the labor God is doing through us. We are looking forward to seeing more in 2019!