Guatemala houses one of our longest and deepest ministry partnerships. The team will engage in children’s ministry and teaching in a school setting, as well as home visits in the local community with food bags and Gospel presentations. The work in Guatemala is focused on evangelism and relationship building within the community of two primary churches. Iglesia Jerusalen is a church that is involved in planting the Gospel in the Mayan communities just beyond the city centers. One mission church is functioning as the outpost now and is in the process of beginning the next plant. This trip will focus on building relationships in some new areas and Gospel presentation, as well as small construction projects for the local church members. In addition to trip costs, team members are asked to assist with raising money for food bags ($20-$40 per bag), water filters ($50each), or project costs.
Groups travel to Guatemala via plane into Guatemala City. Then, buses or vans are used to transport teams into various villages. Lodging depends on the size of the group and time of year. Camps or retreat centers are generally the type of lodging used.
The primary language spoken in Guatemala is Spanish. However, several Indian languages including Mayan are also used in the mountainous areas.
The climate of Guatemala varies greatly from the mountains to the lowlands. Generally, the climate is cool (60s-70’s) year-round. However, temperatures do soar to the 90’s in some areas and can lower to freezing up in the mountains.
Guatemala has experienced great tragedy in the last 10 years with the onslaught of several hurricanes, earthquakes and even mudslides. The remote villages have been affected the most with tremendous loss of lives and homes.