The new schoolyear is underway, and what an adventure this year looks to be, especially since the older kids are planning to take nearly a month to do short-term missions trips.
First is a one-week trip next month to help with some maintenance and repairs on a YWAM base. Then in mid-winter, they’re planning to spend two weeks in Guatemala. Passports arrived yesterday, so it looks like they’re really going to do this. Guatemala is still reeling from Hurricane Agatha; the group will be doing all sorts of work with a couple different agencies:
- Proyecto Fe Int’l – runs a sponsored children’s school in San Pedro, La Laguna
- YWAM Antigua – does missions & disaster relief in Guatemala (as well as in Belize and El Salvador)
- In The Shadow Of His Wings – orphanage which takes in young, severely abused girls, and proves a nurturing living situation
- The Potter’s House – helps feed, shelter, and educate the 10,500 people who live and work in the Guatemala City dump as a means of survival (6,400 of whom are children)
My children will see poverty like they didn’t know existed.
In between school assignments, they’re working to raise money for their trips. The past week has been spent cleaning stalls for a nearby horse arena, and two people in our church have expressed an interest in hiring them for short projects. Obviously, they won’t be able to earn the entire amount and we will fund the difference.
I’m incredibly proud of them, that they would give up the little free time they have to earn money – not for toys for themselves, but so they can give of their time to help others.