May 2019 Updates
NEBAJ, GUATEMALA – APRIL 2019 TEAM
A team of 26 went to Nebaj, Guatemala with hopes of working on the hospital more and to partake in home visits. For some, the excitement of doing home visits was different as they were able to visit friends who they had met during previous trips to Nebaj. An individual on the team tells his story:
“Our team leaders were amazing and truly inspiring when it came to the work and ministry in Nebaj. They found someone who was really in need and so we went to visit their home. In the home, there was a widow with her 7 children, the youngest being 3 years old. In the room was one bed without a mattress. For many of us, the comfort of having a bed to sleep in every night has become second nature and we tend forget that having a bed to sleep in is a privilege. With this said, our team bought a mattress for the family and they were overly grateful. We then asked the woman when was the last time she had eaten, she said, “I don’t know”. We asked her 3 more times and she said she hadn’t eaten for 2 days. The room fell quiet. When she was asked, “If you could have anything right now what would it be?” She responded, “Rice and beans”.
There are several families in Nebaj who struggle to eat one meal a day and have a bed to sleep in. Health care is also a huge concern as many families cannot afford medical care. The Hospital in Nebaj provides both health care and dental care. The team helped more with the construction of the Hospital but it is up and running, accepting patients like this woman and her children, even if they cannot afford it.
Evidently, there are many needs in Nebaj. Here are some things that we are presently fundraising for:
- The construction of the hospital to assist in supplies and salaries of the builders
- Supporting patients at the clinic who cannot afford quality medical care
- Supporting the education of Guatemalan students who are training to be Auxiliary Nurses
- Supporting the educational costs for the children of the staff at the clinic
If you would like to make an impact in Nebaj by making a special gift or a monthly donation to one of these specific, we would be overly grateful. Your gift, no matter the size can make an incredible difference in the lives of others!
Thank you once again to this team and everyone who was involved and supported them. A great deal of time is spent in preparation for each trip in prayer, planning, gathering of supplies and fundraising. We are excited to see what God continues to do in Nebaj! If you would like to get involved or contribute by making a special gift or a monthly donation to one of these specific causes, we would be overly grateful. Please contact our office for more details or click HERE to donate!
- SUPPORTING PASTORS & FATHERS (Father’s Day Campaign)
With respect to Father’s Day coming up, the next 3 weeks we will be raising awareness about Pastors and their families who struggle due to low wages, educational and poverty issues. We are raising funds for Pastors in Africa and the Caribbean. Supporting our Pastors & Fathers will focus on raising funds for those who have been called to serve but lack in finances due to educational and poverty issues. Several pastors live on very little income (less than $8 USD a month). Sadly, it is the children of the pastoral couple who suffer the most.
We are creatively developing ways to increase the levels of sustainability for Pastors. It is our hope to ease the financial stress for Pastors so that they can focus on their ministries and communities!
Help feed a Pastor and his family for $20 a month or make a special gift of any amount ($10, $50, $100+)!
Click HERE to support a Father and provide food for him and his family! (Please designated funds to ‘Supporting Pastors’)
- RIDE FOR REFUGE – What Moves You?
The Ride for Refuge is a family-friendly cycling and walking fundraiser that supports charities who provide refuge and hope for displaced, vulnerable and exploited people everywhere. Join us on Saturday October 5, 2019 to make an impact and raise funds for the project that you have been involved in!
With 27 locations all over Canada, you are able to create a team and find the location nearest you. Last year in 2018 there were 6500 participants and 193 charities, raising $2.3 Million! We are now LIVE on the RideForRefuge website. Check us out on our page!
WE ARE ON THE SEARCH FOR TEAM CAPTAINS. With our help, Team Captains will form a team based on their location and raise funds for the project that is closest to heart. Be on the lookout for more information and updates as this is such a great opportunity for us to work together! If you have any questions regarding the event or how to set up a team please don’t hesitate to contact us.