Go Fund Me Page Set Up For Guatemala Mission Home Clinic School

Go Fund Me is another organization that helps people get the word out and raise money for their cause.  Our cause is working with children in Guatemala.  Providing them hope in Jesus name.  In the past we have been teaming up with other organizations, and will continue to do this as part of our ministry.  God has given us a vision to begin a new work in an area where no one has been.  We have been working in this area for the past 3 years and are ready to dig in and set up camp to provide a permanent base of operation.

The future plans and designs are such that we can use two buildings for multiple purposes thus maximizing our space and keeping our operating costs low.  A commercial kitchen to feed hungry children will be a part of the design.  As well as a school, mission home, and a clinic where we can serve the thousands of children in the mountains around us.  In our past clinics and visits we have seen many problems that can be prevented with the proper education, vaccinations, and preventative medicine.  Our project will make that happen for thousands of children in the mountains above Guatemala City.  We have purchased land and are in the process of raising money to build a clinic and educational center.  In addition we will teach proper hygiene and sanitation to help prevent some of this sickness.  One of our goals is to use new technology to connect our clinic with Doctors and Hospitals here in the States to help diagnose special cases.

We are also trying to raise money to build an educational center.  This multipurpose center can be used for a school for poor children, technical school to teach adults a trade or skill, and also as a feeding center.  The plans include a commercial kitchen for these feeding projects.

On the second floor will be a dorm style mission home for our short term volunteers.  We are not only looking for people to donate money, but we are looking for people to come and be a part of the construction process.  And then, for our ongoing outreach to the thousands of children in the area.

There is no other center like this in the area.  We are the first ones there.  One mother told us we were Angels sent from God to help her children.  What a compliment and a reality.  We are like Angels to these children.  We help the hurting and give them hope.  Our desire is not to just help, but to help break the cycle of poverty in their family.  One child, one family, one village at a time.

Will you partner with us?  Will you be someone’s Angel?

Here is a link to another place you can give online.  http://www.gofundme.com/6d9wfw

Christmas Shoes for Guatemala Project Keeps Two Girls in School

School Supplies

His Hands International and our Christmas Shoes for Guatemala project not only helps put shoes on needy kids feet, but we help out with school supplies, uniforms and other needs. We make sure that children in poverty have a chance at a good education. Maybe, just maybe, that child can be the link that breaks their poverty cycle. One day soon we hope to have a school for poor children.

What a true blessing it is when you are able to see first hand the blessing that you are being to others, because you obeyed God’s calling and direction in your life. What a tragedy it would have been for these girls and hundreds of other children in Guatemala had I not listened to that still small voice telling me to make a difference in their lives. Provided them shoes, clothing, medical care, and an education, all in Jesus’ name. Not only would the hundreds of children we have blessed missed out, so would’ve we. We are truly blessed to be a blessing to others.

One of these little girls was the inspiration behind our Christmas Shoes for Guatemala Project. On our last visit to Guatemala we found out that she also had a sister that we did not previously meet. Today, thanks to a very good friend Carmen Vargas, who is my right arm in this region, took the girls shopping for the new school year which starts soon. Their grandmother who takes care of them can not afford these things, just like most other families in Guatemala. Through our ministry, we pay for the supplies, uniforms, shoes, and school fees for these two girls. We make a difference where we can with the limited resources that we are blessed with.

Our desire is to be a blessing to many more children in Guatemala that have needs. We would like to have a school for poor children and provide a good education. We would like to have a clinic to help with preventative type care and education. We would also like to have a mission home so we can lead missions trips so that others can experience being a blessing, and maybe even be called to a lifetime of service like we were.

My wife and I have been missionaries in Guatemala since God called us in 2005 to serve Him there. We are not privileged to be on the mission field full time like others, but does that make us any less missionaries for God? I think not. God calls us all to serve Him. Some are able to serve full time like we once did. Others, are called to use the talents that God gave. We faithfully use the talents and resources that God has blessed us with. We are making a difference, one child, one family, one village at a time.

But our mission, God’s vision, is bigger than I am. Can God provide for these needs through one family, God is God and can do anything. But in my heart, I feel there are other people out there that God wants to richly bless like He has our family. We need you. The children need you. And God wants to bless you. We may not have the flashiest web site. But I can ashore you, the photos are real, and the people and stories are real.

What talents has God given you? If you do not use them for Him, He will take them away and give them to someone else who will faithfully use them for Him. Pray for these children. Pray that we can continue to make a difference. And pray for God to use your talents for Him.

We are HIS hands to do HIS work to bring HIM the Glory!

Selah! (Take a moment and pause and reflect on what God has done)

*I have known the meaning to the term “Selah” for years. But never really grasped what is was to Selah until the Lord brought a little girl named Selah into our church families lives last month. Little Selah was born almost 3 months early. Her parents picked out her name months before she was born. For 23 days this little life caused us to Selah, stop, pray, and ask God for healing and comfort and to reflect on His goodness, mercy and compassion. God has forever changed our church family through this little one named Selah. Today, we had a Selah-bration service that she is now in the arms of Jesus. He did hear our prayers and healed her. But He has done something more through this little life. So every time I see the word Selah, I will do just that. I will stop and reflect, and remember what God has done, and is going to do as a result of this little girl now in HIS arms….Selah

Guatemala Building Fund Drive

We are looking for faith partners to pray and give for this awesome project that will bless so many children and families in the mountains of Guatemala. Even if you can only give a few dollars, give in Jesus name in faith and see what He can do!

Vision Becoming Reality

Architect Drawings of Future Mission Site

Architect Drawings of Future Mission Site

In April of 2013 we met with the Architect and shared the vision that the Lord had given for our ministry.  He went right to work and allowed the Holy Spirit to work through him.  The results is a what you see above.  The design is brilliant!  It maximizes the space we have on our property to allow for the most efficient use.  The design is all concrete which gives us strength and durability as well as energy efficiency.  Solar energy will be used to minimize our monthly expenses even further.  Our goal is to have a zero monthly operating cost for energy.  This forward thinking will allow us to make future donations go even further to helping the children in this region.

PET Personal Energy Transportation

We were blessed by Gleaning for the World to present another PET for another child unable to walk. This family has two children that can’t walk. Their mother said what a blessing the one has been to them. It has given the children a fun way to get around, and it has increased their muscle strength through exercise.  Now both children can get around and play together.  She said we were Angels sent by God to help her children.

The mission of Personal Energy Transportation (P.E.T.) International is:

“To reflect the love of Jesus Christ by bringing mobility and dignity to those in developing countries who have lost the ability to walk.”

We accomplish this through a network of interdependent affiliate manufacturing shops throughout the United States.  At these locations the three wheeled self propelled P.E.T. carts are funded through donors on the local level and built by volunteers.  Our intent is that the P.E.T. carts be provided to the physically disabled in developing countries at no cost to them.

You can visit their web site at http://petinternational.org/

Helping Provide Comfort in Guatemala

I first saw Francisco scooting himself in his chair on the side of the street as we drove by.  I asked if anyone knew him and what his story was.  I was told that he is about 35 years old and has been handicapped all of his life.  He can not walk and has very limited use of his hands and therefore does not work.  He lives with his Grandmother and other relatives.  What fascinated me was his determination.  He did not let his handicap keep him in one place.  He figured out a way to scoot his chair with short legs around.  Everyday Francisco takes a bus from San Juan to San Pedro to sit and beg for money.  Then he returns home in the evening.

We sent down a PET cart (Personal Energy Transportation) for him.  This is like a hand powered cart 3 wheeled bike.  This will help Francisco get around a little easier.  When the cart arrived and was taken out to Francisco by our family members in Guatemala, he was very grateful and appreciated the thought.  But he was unable to use it because of his severe disability in his hands.  What he said next really made me stop and count my blessings.  He said, tell them thank you but I can’t use it.  Tell them if they really want to help me, can they buy me a bed?

You see Francisco was sleeping on a straw mat on the cold dirt floor of his home.  Although Francisco lived there and had shelter, he was pretty much on his own.  He could not afford to buy a bed.  So on our next trip, we went straight to the factory where beds were made and bought Francisco a very comfortable bed.  As you can see in the photos, Francisco was so happy, and so grateful.  And God already had plans for the cart that we had planned for Francisco.  But that is another story….

We are led by the Holy Spirit, we are HIS hands to do HIS work to bring HIM the Glory!

Saving a Babies Life

We met this baby when we were visiting family in Guatemala.  The baby belonged to a family living in the neighborhood that had 7 other children.  The family was very poor and Mary out of compassion offered to help take care of the baby, even though her financial situation was not the best.  She showed the little boy love and compassion that he otherwise probably would not have received.  The baby looked a little malnourished and we asked what she was feeding him.  All they had was juice.  There was no money for milk or formula.  So before we left, we prayed over Mary and the little baby boy and made sure that she had enough money to buy the baby formula and milk until he was stable enough for other foods.  We left our contact information with them if there were any further needs.

Later we found out that the family took the baby back and moved out of the neighborhood with all 8 children.  There has been no further contact with them until the father came by drunk one day and offered to sell the baby to them for 100Q about $13 US dollars.  These are some of the issues that are unheard of here in the US but are a normal way of life in Guatemala.  Unfortunately children in most cases have no value to an already starving family.  UNICEF estimates there are 370,000 orphaned children in Guatemala.  This is why my heart cries with compassion to help the least of these.

Medical Mission

Medical Mission June 2011

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From time to time we are blessed to have Doctors and Nurses come along with us on short term medical mission trips to provide free medical care to the people of Guatemala.  We started out going through the village from house to house visiting and seeing if there were any needs.  Word gets out fast and before we knew it, we were surrounded by mothers with their babies and young children.  So we set up a little clinic in someone’s kitchen and began seeing patients one by one, and sometimes family by family.  We saw sick babies that needed medicine, children with skin infections, children with lazy eyes, women with head and neck pain, (stop carrying things on your head), to children with respiratory and other serious issues.

We even had a clown to help keep the children occupied while they waited to see the Doc.  We were able to purchase and distribute antibiotics and other medicine to the ones who needed.  These families do not have the money to take their children to the Doctors and there is not a medical clinic close by.  What we did is a short term fix.  We hopefully can do something one day to provide more help.  What a blessing it is to be the hands and feet of Jesus!

We are HIS hands to do HIS work to bring HIM the Glory!

A Prayer Answered for a Grandfather

Pastor David who is my good friend and the one who ordained me as a Pastor, asked me several years ago to see how much an electric wheel chair costs for his grandson Jonathan who is wheel chair bound, and outgrowing his.  When I returned to the US, I began looking for someone to donate  a used one.  After putting the word out with a good friend who is a hospice nurse, she found one for us.  Praise the Lord!  I picked it up and brought it back to our home and began to clean it up and make sure everything was in good working order.  I bought a new battery for it and tested it out.  It was in excellent shape.

Now came the challenge…how to get it to Guatemala.  I checked with the airline and they would check it for free for me.  I just needed to ride it through the airport to the gate.  No problem!  We got it to Guatemala with no problems.  We surprised Pastor David with the news and he was overjoyed!  That evening in his church we made a special presentation to Pastor David who had been praying for the Lord to provide for his grandson.  Needless to say it was a very emotional night where the Holy Spirit reigned down on us all His love and blessings and showed us that He provides for His children!

Let by the Spirit…we are HIS hands to do HIS work to bring HIM the Glory!

Water Restored After Major Flooding Washes Away Water Pipe

I received a call from one of the villages we work with in Guatemala informing me of a major flood that washed away their main water supply pipe.  The water supply for the village originates about 2 miles up in the mountain at a natural spring.  The water is carried down the mountain in a plastic pipe to a holding tank where it is then distributed to the village.  The pipe ran across a normally dry creek bed suspended in the air.  The problem was that the water was so high and strong that it washed the tubing away.  The people in the village did not have the funds to replace the damaged and washed away sections.

His Hands International stepped in and purchased the tubing, cable, and everything necessary to restore the villages water supply.  The photos show some of the people that volunteered from the village to fix the pipes.  We are blessed to be able to help provide water in the name of Jesus!

We are HIS hands to do HIS work to bring HIM the Glory!

Medical Mission Trip

Earlier in the month before our scheduled trip to Guatemala I received a call telling me of an accident with one of our children in the village where we were working.  Diego was in the process of cutting open a coconut with a machete when he accidentally cut off his thumb.  He was rushed to the hospital unfortunately his thumb could not be reattached.  I made sure we had additional first aid kits to take down for the family.

When we arrived as always, the children were all waiting for us by the house we were staying.  As we were greeted and hugged by everyone, I noticed Diego was not himself.  He stayed in the background behind his mother.  You could tell he was still in pain.  First thing the next morning when it was light we took our first aid kit and hiked up the mountain to his house.  There his father greeted and thanked us for the medical supplies.  He then proceeded to tell me that his bandage had not been changed since the accident, a week or so earlier.

Now I am not a doctor, I was in the US Navy and have been trained in first aid, but normally first aid has always made me squeamish.  But this time was different.  I knew in my heart that his bandage needed changed and I had to do it right away.  We set up our little triage area, set Diego on Beverly’s lap and I started to take his bandage off.  I could tell that even my light touches, hurt.  Once I finally got the tape off, I began to gently pull the gauze.  It was not budging.  He was!  The skin had begun to graft to the bandage.  I took the bottle of peroxide and began to soak his bandage.  As the bandage soaked, it was also cleaning his wound and killing the bacteria.  After a bit of time, I had Beverly hold his head so he could not watch.  It was very emotional for us all to say the least.  I will never forget the shriek that Diego let out when he saw his thumb, or what was left of it.

I continued cleaning his wound very gently with peroxide and then applied an antibiotic cream before bandaging it back up.  We then set Diego down, laid hands on him and prayed for God to take away the pain and provide healing to him physically and mentally.  There was also another baby from the village that was sick and we were asked to lay hands on and pray over him as well.  God also healed this little baby also!

Loosing a limb changes your life.  I know from personal experience.  Twenty years prior to this event I almost lost my 2 middle fingers on my left hand.  It took the doctors 6 hours in surgery putting everything back together, and months of therapy.  Today, I still do not have normal function of that hand, but you learn to adapt.  At the time of my accident I remember questioning God as to why He allowed this to happen to me.  Twenty years later He gave me the answer:  so I would be able to show compassion to Diego and help him in his time of need.

A day after we got Diego all bandaged up and prayed over him, he was smiling and laughing and yes even climbing a tree by the church.  God does answer prayers.  Sometimes He might not make sense in the circumstance we are in, but I can tell you for certain, there is a reason.  He will bring you through it, and one day, he will use you to comfort someone else going through a similar circumstance.

I remember this event like it was yesterday.  But at the moment, it was the Holy Spirit working through us.  On my own, I would have been barfing all over the place and probably would have been passed out on the ground myself.  But not once did I have any though of myself or my comfort, this was definitely a God moment in our lives!

Led by the Holy Spirit, we are HIS hands to do HIS work to bring HIM the Glory!