We currently have 3 projects in Guatemala. Gilberto and Ruth are focussed on Christian education, Jason and Sonia focus on working with teams who go to Guatemala, and Juan Pablo and Carolina are leading the construction of a hospital.
Together with Gilberto and Ruth Noriega, MVC has been involved in the region impacting the quality of education. Together with Gilberto and Ruth, 28 schools have been started by Christian churches who desire to impact their communities and provide the avenue for parents to have their children receive a high level education which will ultimately provide the knowledge and skills to the new generation to escape the cycle of poverty. MVC has been involved in 14 of the 28 schools which are fully sustainable.
MVC does provide funding, through the gracious support of our donors, for families who may otherwise be unable to send their children to school. As many Guatemalan families make the sacrifice to send their children, MVC also believes that this investment will impact future generations, villages and the nation.
Your PERSONAL PARTICIPATION can impact churches, schools, families and students. Education opens doors for individuals to not only grow and learn but to be the people God has created them to become. While work with children in schools are plentiful, opportunities in training, computers, English, ESL, business, sewing, carpentry, teacher training, etc. are also available. The opportunities are endless! GO SERVE and make your unique CONTRIBUTION!
Gilberto and Ruth Noriega
Gilberto and Ruth Noriega are the parents of Juan Pablo Noriega and have been serving in the mission field for many years. They went to seminary in Guatemala City and since than have worked with a variety of different churches, serving particularily in Christian mission and Christian education.
Jason and Sonia Musgrave
Jason and his wife Sonia will be working closely with teams in Guatemala. Jason is American and Sonia is Guatemalan, who has served many years as a translator for other ministry teams. They have 2 children, Daniel who is 3 years old and Mary who is almost 1.
Cubulco, is a city of 42,000 people, of which 80% are of Mayan descent. The high majority of people live in extreme poverty because of the lack of education and employment. Employment is available several hours away on the coast where there are sugar and coffee plantations but conditions on those farms are poor. Many workers fall ill during their employment. When they return to their families (after 3 to 6 months), they spend much of their earnings to treat their illness. Knowing this, the leadership of the a local church in partnership with Missionary Ventures Canada are searching out ways to break this vicious cycle and plan to include in this next building a skill training center.
In January 2014, a team of 15 people from Southwestern Ontario initiated the project in Cubulco. For two weeks, they built a meeting place for a church congregation that was meeting in a home. At the time, there was about 75 people attending this church. Now (2018) there are over 160 people attending.
Plans are in place to build another building to be used for children and for a skill training centre. A team will be going in October 2018 to begin the construction, working alongside individuals in the church. The next step is to build another building to be used for children and skill training.
The vision local leaders have for the future plans include education sponsorship, agricultural Initiative, water supply/purification and more. Local leadership is crucial for ongoing sustainability and success. We will continue to collaborate with the leaders in the church as we proceed!
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