Guatemala

Guatemala Mission Trip

Dr. Shean Phillips


There are certain sounds that make me cringe. The whining of a child for no real reason. The whining of an adult does it too. There are other sounds that bring a new level of peace and gratitude to my soul. I have four children, so sometimes it is the very rare moment of complete silence. It is so calming and refreshing. I also enjoy the rustle of the trees from my hammock. And then there is the soul-stirring sound of the evidences of spiritual growth in my children. When my 3-year-old runs up to me after church and says “Daddy, I can talk to God!” They had just learned about prayer in Children’s church and I believe he was connecting the dots with what we do when we pray at home.

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We took the trip to Guatemala this summer with Allow the Children knowing we would have the best scenario for our twin 13-year-old girls to have their first missions experience. We are a “swim-upstream” sort of family. We are working very hard to help our children know and value Jesus and what He values. We are so grateful we took this trip! Our Allow The Children missions host, Jannah, has been a friend of the family since she was in middle school (yes, we are getting old!) She was a fantastic leadership example for our girls and worked well with us and the two other young girls who were on their first trip as well.

 

Allow partners with Hope of Life International in Zacapa, Guatemala. This ministry has been leading groups for more than 15 years and Allow the Children has been partnering with them for many years. This lasting relationship alongside of the huge ministry Hope of Life has affords new attendees the comforts of a resort for the “home base” of the trip and a vast array of opportunities to see and do ministry to people who are in poverty in very rural areas. Some are elderly folks who need love and attention, and most are children and I mean lots and lots of children. We ran a fairly impromptu Vacation Bible School in the village of Limones (where Allow has built a church) and there were more than 150 children there on the very first day!

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The security offered by such a large missions organization like Hope of Life, coupled with Allow the Children’s decade-long specific ministries of building churches and sponsoring children in the region made this trip a life changing trip for our family. We knew we were safe all of the time. We had a comfortable setting to come back to at the end of the day to decompress, process and rest up. We were in the very thick of actual life rescuing and life changing ministry to people in Jesus’ name.

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Back to those soul-stirring sounds of the evidences of spiritual growth in my children. You can imagine the joy that filled my ears when one of my daughters was begging to go back to the hospital where we ministered because she had fallen in love with ministering there. I don’t know if God will call her to missions, but I do know He used her that week and she loved it! My other daughter said to me when we were driving down the road after being back in the states for a few days, “Daddy, I think I liked it better in Guatemala than here.” Once again, I do not know what the future holds, but if God wills it we will be back on this trip again. God has opened a special place in the hearts of my family for foreign missions and I am so grateful for Allow the children and their part in making the opportunity possible. 


The Difficult Ones

Some children get a sponsor soon after coming into our program. Some never get one.  Sometimes a sponsor dies or needs to stop helping because of circumstances.  Older kids are difficult to sponsor, but once they are in our program, we try hard to keep their support coming from one of our funds. Sometimes a new sponsor lets us assign a child, but even we do not usually choose an older one. 

Maybe you are the kind of person who is drawn to help  a “difficult to sponsor” child. Or maybe you like knowing that the sponsorship need will end after just a few years.

These are a few of our older kids who need a sponsor.  There are many, many more.

Please contact us if you can sponsor an older child.

The ones who are not sponsored.

Not little.

Not cute.

Not smiling.

Not chosen.


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Graduation!

Mariam

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Long ago, a little girl in a remote jungle village of Nepal dreamed of becoming a nurse.  Her father was the faithful pastor of a small village church, who also farmed like everyone else for survival.   It was rare for a girl to even finish basic education and common for a girl to marry in her early teens.

Mariam worked hard on her studies.  She was discipled in a strong church.  Allow The Children received her into our sponsorship program, covering the cost of her education and some other needs.

This year Mariam will be graduating from nursing school.  She is well  prepared to serve the Lord in her church.  She will be an educated leader and Christian representative in her community.

In her progress report, Mariam wrote gracious words of thanks to her sponsor. About becoming a nurse, she wrote, “It is a dream come true.”

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You can make a difference in the life of a child like Mariam. Sponsor a child today!


Titu got his bicycle!!

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Titu needs to walk a long way to school each day. He was borrowing a bicycle, but now, through one of our donors, he has one of his own. It is a happy day and a need is met.

Two Old Ladies Smiling

Two Old ladies Smiling

By Michael Cook

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So what would it take to get you off the sidelines and into the game of world missions? Do you need a burning bush experience? The God who calls you will direct you each step of the way to your place of blessing with Him. This book describes one man's journey from a very good and productive Christian life into the ultimate place of God's blessing in his life. What would it take to move you out of that place of blessing? Life's struggles come at you very rapidly, often with multiple assaults at once. The author describes how both struggles in the ministry and struggles caring for late-in-life parents challenged him greatly. Despite the difficulties, God gave him the grace to endure and brought a fuller appreciation of how he had prepared the author for every circumstance he would face.


Click below to order your copy today 

(all proceeds go to support Allow The Children Ministries)

Guatemala Mission Trip

Join us as we serve in the beautiful country of Guatemala 

 

Dates:  January 7-14, 2017 and June 10-17, 2017

Cost:  $1750

Includes: air fare, accommodations, food, ground transportation and the projects in Guatemala.

Does NOT include: passport, immunizations, travel medical insurance (required), food during the air travel, transportation to/from the  US airport, excess baggage fees, personal expenses such as needed medicines and toiletries.


June Trip

$250 deposit due with application

$900 due by February 15, 2017

$1750 due by May 15, 2017

 

January Trip

$250 deposit due with application

$900 due by October, 2016

$1750 due by November 30, 2016


Projects

  • Children's ministry - Teach bible lessons, crafts, games and music with the children in the villages and the orphanage

  • Building or work project - Depending on the need or request from the Guatemalans

  • Feeding Center - Everyone will participate in one or more days of bringing and serving food for the hungry

  • Orphanage Ministry - Everyone will have the opportunity to spend time with the children at the orphanage

  • Worship - Everyone will worship with the Guatemalan believers, with opportunities to share testimonies or special music


Minister to children

Minister to children

Minister to the orphaned and abandoned

Minister to the orphaned and abandoned

Feed the hungry

Feed the hungry

Make a difference

Make a difference


To join the team

Download and fill out the forms below




Merry  Christmas

Merry Christmas

The  children of our ministries in many parts of the world wish a Merry  Christmas to Allow The Children and we want to pass it on to all of you, who are part of this ministry.

Medical Clinics in Nepal

Medical Clinics in Nepal

Our medical clinic project this year was  for an earthquake affected area.  Up into the mountains we went almost higher than the vehicle was able to go.  We found people in need, not because of the earthquake alone but because  their villages were  far  away from medical facilities.   The country was also in the beginnings of a blockade preventing medical supplies  from coming into   ANY where in the country, so of course, the  more remote areas were at even greater disadvantage. 

Every member of the team served in a needed role-- just as the body of  Christ should function.  Some were preparing meals. Some were organizing and distributing the medicines.  Some carried boxes, set up and organized for each day's clinic.   Pastors  from the area met with the people, prayed with them, and offered literature.  The doctor was the reason the people came, but those who were willing heard the gospel.

We distributed  Allow The Women kits  and spent some time with each woman to show  her  how to use the supplies.  What a blessing it was to give  something so beautiful and so useful to women who had so little. 

The Pastor Training  Project

The Pastor Training Project

This important project is bringing training to men in four countries who are pastors, evangelists and cell group leaders-- who are already leading and teaching.  They are able to multiply and teach others also.

Sep 2015    Pastor  Rene  Gonzalez and his wife, Irene  taught pastors and wives in Nicaragua.

Oct  2015   Dr. Shean  Phillips will  be going to Haiti to conduct our very first pastor training for that country  

Oct  2015   Matt St. Clair and Don Updike will be going to Burundi, Africa to train pastors.

Nov 2015   Jim Warner and  Brian Hoffman will be going to Nepal to train pastors.

Allow  The  Women

Allow The Women

 Allow The Women-- to attend school and to work their jobs, to go about their daily lives and to meet their responsibilities. Many girls in developing countries struggle with how to manage their menstruation. Disposable products  are rarely available and financially unattainable. Girls might miss five days of school every month for lack of a solution for this problem. Women might  lose income from their jobs.  A recent problem is  the earthquake in  Nepal. Many families lost everything they had.

 We are doing a project to make re-usable menstrual pads. We hope to provide them to earthquake affected women in Nepal and also a set for every teen girl in our sponsorship program in all of our countries.

  Walkways for the Blind children

Walkways for the Blind children

   The  School for the Blind in  Burundi, Africa has three buildings.  The children constantly move among them. One is the dorm where they live. The dining room is in one and classrooms in the third.

 The ground was rough and uneven. Muddy puddles formed both a safety hazard and a chance to spend the remainder of the day with wet feet.  ( The blind cannot see the puddles.)   There are other needs and projects  waiting to be done, but it blesses me to see these permanent walk ways built.  There are three of them-- to protect the way between each of the buildings.

Sponsorship Project

Sponsorship Project

Most of you who read our blog or receive our newsletter already sponsor one or more children. We appreciate you so much. We need more sponsors, especially for some children who have waited for a long time. We are hoping that some of our faithful sponsors might help us reach out to some areas outside our own circles to some  relatives or neighbors who might be willing to do what you do. We can send you a photo of a child who needs a sponsor and a fill in card. Would you talk to someone you know who might be interested? If you can find one more sponsor, you multiply the help you are already giving.

There is no obligation and no need to explain if you do not find a sponsor. No need even to send anything back. You can keep the photo and use it to pray for the child. Contact us!

Orphaned in Nepal

   Sabita and  Jeewan are orphans-- not because their parents died.  As far as we know, both are still alive.  But both have abandoned the two children, leaving with no contact for some time.  They were living with grand parents until the earthquake, but the house was destroyed and the grandparents are struggling for survival.  Sabita and  Jeewan have come into one of our children's homes in  Nepal.   We will care for them and educate them, disciple them in God's Word and someday launch them into life where we hope they will lead and minister to many others.   Life is hard.   Earthquakes are hard.  Yet our God uses the hard things to move his people to the places he wants them to be.

Nepal and the devastation







 During our visit to Nepal, it was easy to drive through parts of the capital city and forget that an earthquake happened here. But turn a corner and  a reminder might loom before us-- a building crumbled to the ground or an empty shell dangling the reminder to all  who pass. A five story building might have uprooted and now leaning against its neighbor building.  Or-- it might be standing as if unaffected, but a closer look  reveals frightening cracks, as if one more small shake might bring it down.  People were still living in tents, whether their building stood or not. If it still stood, there was the fear that something might bring it down.  The ground still shook almost daily.  I was aware of some of the tremors and sometimes I heard about them from others or read in the daily internet news.                                                    

Outside the city, whole villages have been destroyed.   Houses built  from mud and stone went down with the first  tremors.  Some of them can be rebuilt from the same materials, but in other cases, the ground was left unstable.  The people need to move to another place and start life again with nothing. The suffering is impossible to grasp, especially as rainy season is upon the land.  The rains make shelter a critical priority and  it needs to be more than fabric tents.  The rains mean the time of planting -- and those who miss planting also miss reaping. The agricultural cycle is a fact of life in the village-yet the land that the family owned might be gone, or no longer habitable.

Please pray for our people in  Nepal.   Even if they have no personal loss, the suffering is all around them.  Allow was able to help as we wired earthquake relief funds to four different areas.  Our trusted partners carried food and water, tents and medicines to people that the government agencies seemed to forget. Now we are busy with plans for a new children's home to  orphaned and homeless children from one village which was forced to move.                    
                    

A House on the River


This is the house of one of the new children in our sponsorship program in the Amazon.  Actually, it is a better house than most.  It is the home of the pastor and his family for this village. The ministry in the Amazon is very much like our work in other countries.  The people are poor.  We want to disciple and educate children from believers' families to be the next leaders for the community.  We want to support and encourage and enable the evangelism already in progress in the villages.  Let the church in America and her resources stand beside these dear believers as they labor in the Amazon.

Children of the Amazon

Boats are a way of life on the  Amazon.  Children paddle their way to school and home again. One school we visited was three classrooms, the only building in the area that was still above water and it only barely so.   Flooding this year was higher than in  many previous years.  We have taken some children of pastors into our program  for sponsorship. We hope to  help and encourage them in  their ministry work.

Amazing Amazon

  In the last week of  May 2015, I  spent a part of my life on board this boat.  We  zipped along  waterways, like roads, in the Amazon  River, braving  hot sun, sudden  torrential rains, fellow boaters and river creatures.  The driver, that is the man handling the motor at the back, used a GPS device to navigate  canals that looked identical to me. Unlike  American waters, there were no recreational boaters here.  Everyone was going somewhere, usually with boat loaded down as ours was--with supplies, livestock and children.  I noticed that dogs seemed to enjoy the experience more than other animals.  The best part was the beautiful scenery and of course the ministry among the villages. The worst part was sitting with no back rest for hours.  I suffered  from my lack of  Spanish fluency, except when we stopped in a village.  The indigenous people did not speak Spanish which put us all on a level field.  Life in the village was like villages in many places where we work.  Homes were simple shelters,  Food was home grown-- plentiful in harvest and perhaps scarce at other times.  Fishing is important. Many of these villages have a church building and a body of believers planted by the missionary who was hosting me.

The Earthquake House in Nepal

  An earthquake house is one that will not kill you if it falls. We are building one of these for the Action Love Children's Home.  It is basically structured from bamboo and sheet metal.  Rainy season is rushing towards us and this  should be a good shelter from the rain.  Even more than that, it will be a place to call home and a place where the children can sleep without fear.

Beginning in the Amazon

The  Amazon-- with everything  going on in our ministry right now, it  might  not seem to be the time to expand to a new ministry area.  Yet, plans for  a survey trip  to  South  America have been in the works for over a year. This is not the first time that conflicts, distractions and even overwhelming events have come just at the time when we were about to open a new ministry project.  Please pray for the people-- especially the children-- of the  Amazon and whether it is time  for Allow to begin work among them. Next week, 27 May, I will be flying out to visit two ministry areas with the intention of establishing relationships and possible ministry partnership for sponsorship of children and possibly pastor training.