Make Change

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It's no surprise that Mitch and I live in a country with great need. A lot of people in the villages here are just trying to survive. Guatemala's child malnutrition rate is the highest in Latin America and 4th highest in the world (source)!  The contrast between the wealthy and poor is quite stark. In other words, there's not really a middle class. And if there is one, they are very sparse. Mitch and I want to change that. Not necessarily create a middle class per say, but to help people get out of poverty. Our goal is for Christ to be made known. We have befriended these villagers and are currently studying the Bible with them. We want to focus on both their spritual well being as well as their physical well being.

It seems like such a daunting task. Completely overwhelming.
Mitch and I are currently working in 3 different villages, the smallest having roughly 50 families. We desire for these villagers to rise above the rest. To see these people no longer be a statistic. To see them succeed, when everything around them is telling them they'll fail. We want to see, or better yet, make change.

But we can't do this alone. Mitch and I are only two people. We can help feed someone for a day, but not forever. As the saying goes, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." We're in this to teach people to fish and help them stand on their own two feet.

But how?

Here are our ideas:
1. Pigs/chickens
If a family owns pigs and/or chickens, not only will they have food to eat, but they now have a recurring income from piglets and eggs.

2. Sending a child to school 
The thing is, everyone here goes to school…but only until 6th grade or until they can't afford it anymore. Public high school is just too expensive for a villager to pay for. But, helping a child finish school means endless opportunities. A high school degree will get you way further here than it will in the states.

3. Greenhouses
A greenhouse for a whole community provides not just food, but nourishment.

4. Financial Investment
Some villagers have big dreams, but little resources. A financial investment in their future could help jumpstart that dream of theirs into reality.

There are a lot more ideas and ways to help, but this is a start.
God loves them and so do we. We want to extend an opportunity to make change in Guatemala. Do any of these needs resonate with you? To give to any one of these projects click here, type in Guatemala Projects in the search bar, and give. To specify which project you want to help with, leave a comment in the comment box. For more information you can email us at

God is at work here in a big way. Will be a part of it too? 

"Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and 
oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from 
the hand of the wicked." Psalm 82:3-4


  1. Barry, our contact here has been a part of pigs (our association is still doing them), elementary, high school, and college sponsorships, and small microfinance type stuff. If you have questions, or would like his thoughts on what works well, etc you may want to contact him. Filipinos are a mix of Spanish, Malay, and other stuff. Culturally, they are probably the closest thing to Latino in the East.

    1. Thank you! We may be contacting him in the future. We are just getting started with all this stuff and will have our teams this summer help us with it.


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