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.
In last month’s letter I mentioned that we were looking forward to having in-classroom classes. Well, I must share with you this did not happen. We are very saddened about this, but the government stepped in and decided that it was not possible to start up in-person classes. Not just yet, so again we wait, doing the best we can with our online schooling. Teachers are here with us, each in their own classroom, giving their classes online and I can see such a difference this year from last year in assistance of each child online.
The government allowed all schools to get back to school again. We have seen, during this trying time, that kids learn better when they are first, with their teacher in front of them and when they have their friends there learning with them. Please do keep us in prayer that this time of classroom education continues until the end of this school year which ends October 15th, 2021. We are over halfway there. Blessings to you all my friends in Christ.
We had a wonderful Mother’s Day activity for all the moms of AyO Christian school. We prerecorded this activity. Part of the event was that we set up a tent outside of school on the street and had fifty baskets of food and fifty blankets to give out to the moms. Oh my, what a huge blessing this was for those ladies as they walked by….some thought we were selling baskets and blankets but soon realized they were gifts for them from us at Alfa y Omega. I want to thank each of you who give to our mission work, as with these funds we are able to bring blessings to many.
I ask you to please keep us in your prayers. The ministry of education is again talking of online classes only. This is really not what we would like to go back to. We did this all last year with the pandemic. Many of our parents are not prepared to help their children with their studies having not gone to school themselves.
This year we can see the financial burden that families have due to the corona virus. Many parents have lost jobs or small businesses that was their sole income. Therefore the buying of books and school supplies has become a problem for these families especially those with more then one child in school. I would ask you to consider the possibility of sending in funds to Globe for Alfa y Omega Christian school to help out these families with this special need.
Here in Guatemala, we are now into our second moIt’s been a super busy time trying to get back in the routine of classes two days in the classroom, and then two days at home online, and taking care of those children who chose to receive their classes online at home. There were really very few who decided to stay at home and not come back to classes at school. Actually out of 980 children enrolled only 40 decided on receiving their lessons at home, most everyone wanted to get back to classes as normal as we possibly could make them.nth of school and God is blessing us greatly. We have almost reached our student numbers of last year, and that just goes to show us how great our God is. We are giving classes both in classrooms and online. Most have decided to come to classes here at AyO two days a week, and online the other two days.
Here in Guatemala, we are now into our second month of school and God is blessing us greatly. We have almost reached our student numbers of last year, and that just goes to show us how great our God is. We are giving classes both in classrooms and online. Most have decided to come to classes here at AyO two days a week, and online the other two days.
In the month of December, we were able to reach out to those of our community who were in great distress, not only with the pandemic but with two hurricanes that hit Guatemala and most of Central America. God is faithful and provided funds for these folks in need. We, as well, were able to share with our school children their Christmas gifts of warm blankets. No Christmas party this year but we did have a Christmas caravan passing through the villages where our children live and handing out blankets and candy to the children.