From her home in Honduras, Leanne Talen Geistefer, Latin
Courtney Lanting, a member of the Byron Center MI Growing
Almost 2 months ago, our World Renew Guatemala staff traveled with a Canadian short-term mission team made up of high school students from across Ontario to San Martin, where we were enthusiastically welcomed by communities
GUATEMALA - In north Guatemala, a small community, San Martin II struggled to thrive. San Martin II didn’t see many outsiders, but someone was praying that her community and family will flourish. When World Renew’s local partner in Guatemala, the Presbyterian Service Committee of Kekchi paid a visit to her village 3 years ago, Teresa considered it a response to her prayers.
MEXICO Hello, everyone! It’s been a busy couple months here at the World Renew Guatemala office — but then again, it nearly always feels that way! Sadoc and Adolfo spent several weeks in July traveling to conduct partner evaluations with two of our partners in Petén and in Huehuetenango.
HONDURAS - When you think of a hardworking farmer, you may not think of a stay-at-home mother with seven children, but Pilar Martinez from Cañada Galana, Honduras, is both. She has her own plot of land that she works with the help of her husband to provide enough food for their five daughters and two sons. Though she works hard with great motivation, she has had her share of struggles in the past.
GUATEMALA - El Tineco is a farming community in the mountains of El Palmar, Quetzaltenango, and has been working with World Renew partner Vine and Branches for a number of years on a variety of programs, including sustainable agriculture, preventative health, and community organization. El Tineco has also developed a strong relationship with one of our church partners, the Christian Reformed Church of Pease, Minnesota, over the past seven years.
Marta Alicia Choc-Cal is a young leader, volunteering time to make a difference for the health of her own daughter and her neighbors’ children. Marta is actively involved in a four-year pilot project to address the high rates of stunting in Guatemala. Simply defined as below-average height for age, stunting is actually a result of malnutrition and other factors that has complicated and lifelong negative impacts on children who suffer from it. Two years ago, I wrote about our intentions to respond to the issue with ADIP, an indigenous association and long-time partner of World Renew. Recently I had the privilege of returning to the area where ADIP works to witness the new learning there.