SERVING IN: Guatemala, Central America
MINISTRY FOCUS: Education
Judy has worked in the mountains of Guatemala since the 1970s. Even through personal tragedy (the loss of her husband), she and her children have endured and flourished in missionary service. She founded and oversees a Christian school of 800 children. The ministry also includes a training program for village women, which helps them develop skills in computer and cosmetology.
As we enter into September we are able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This school year 2020 is nearing the end. October 15th we will finish with final exams and termination of what has been a very new phase of keeping up with the education of 1050 children classes online.
We here in Guatemala are going thru very difficult times just like the rest of the world. I have been hard-pressed to continue paying our staff of wonderful teachers who are trying to maintain our system of education to our children online.A huge task I must admit, much harder than giving classes normally in the classrooms. So its an extra workload for the staff, but we are carrying on. The parents are having trouble paying tuition because many are out of work themselves so to keep up with school and studies and stress of everyday life in quarantine is very hard. God is faithful and I have been able to keep up with salaries so far. I do ask for your prayers my friends during this time of affliction.
We are having to face the possibility that our school year may continue online video classes, for the rest of 2020, that would be until October. I do feel that we are doing a great job with these video classes for the whole school, kinder through 12th grade. All the classes we are filming with the help of our local cable company.
We are getting along well with our school classes online to keep our children up on their schoolwork even though they as well as the teachers are working from home. It is especially hard for parents who are having to help with homework, as well as keep up with family life.
I am trusting all is well with you. We are doing ok here. We have been in quarantine now for 4 weeks. Every week, restrictions are getting tighter. We have a super great blessed new President who is a Doctor. God had him set aside for the Guatemalan people.
How has the world changed. Just a few weeks ago were planning on our trip to the states for Globe mission conference in Pensacola and visiting several churches in Florida and Alabama. Now I have had to cancel those plans, airline tickets, and several speaking visits among the churches who support our mission at Alfa y Omega Christian school. I have decided to sit tight right here and see what God is saying to me.
I now have a new project that I want to share with you. We again need more space for our students. Our student body has grown again this year like never before. We have reached 1041 students and had to turn away many as we just did not have room for any more.
Our school population has just exploded in growth. We are at this point having to say no, we have no more space in the class rooms for any more students. We are at 1030 students for the school year 2020. God is faithful always.
This Christmas season was exceptionally wonderful. Our Christmas celebration brought together over a thousand in attendance, from students to family members.
We have been blessed with funds to buy 1000 warm blankets for our children. God is faithful, so I’m seeing about the purchase of these wonderful blessings before I head north, as well as last minute decisions for the grand celebration of Christmas, the birth of our Savior. Thank you all who gave so we could share this blessings to your children at AyO.
The month of October is a very important time for us here at AyO Christian school. We are starting final exams for everyone, kindergarten through high school. We have graduations of kindergarten, 6th grade, jr. high, and high school and making announcements about our school, for new students to sign up to study with us next school year 2020.
Its been a super busy month of September, the last full month of classes. We end our school year in the middle of October. September is the month of our Independence Day from Spain. So we have many extra school activities taking place for this great national holiday. It’s kind of like the fourth of July state side, only the US holiday happens during summer vacation.
Now I know it’s August, but in order to get funds for our Christmas gifts and party, I need to start early so here goes. I ask you to please pray about what God would have you do to help us bless 1000 children for Christmas this year!
Starting this new school year we found ourselves with thirteen computers and classes of 30. AyO School was blessed by friends with a generous love offering to buy new computers for the computer classes at the school.