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Guatemala Children's Mission Newsletter  -  January 2016
Pure religion is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction...  James 1.27

The Greatest Story

During school break this year, which began in November, Pastor Dave held a community wide Vacation Bible School. Many of the 150 children attending were unchurched and fascinated to hear the stories of Noah, Joseph, Joshua and David. Pastor Dave used Max Lucado's The Story to show how these accounts fit together into the greatest story of all, the story of how Jesus came to save us from the penalty of sin.

Please pray that this gospel would change little hearts and that it would overflow to their families as well.

School Break at Agua Viva

Every year during school break some of the children in our care are able to return home for a visit with family over the holidays. Other children cannot go home as they do not have relatives to take them or were placed at Agua Viva through the court system and cannot leave.

Please pray with us for all of our children that the Lord would keep them safe both physically and emotionally through this next month.

Little Girls to Young Women

In Guatemala and through much of the Latin world a girl's 15th birthday is a special occasion called "Quinceanera". At Agua Viva, three girls, Delia, Sucely and Brenda, turned 15 this year. We celebrated this "rite of passage" and honored these three beautiful young women who are full of hope and promise for the future.

Everyone  enjoyed the special lunch as well as a guest band and guest preacher who encouraged the girls by preaching from the story of Ester. They also received purity rings from Agua Viva Director, Evy, and were so blessed by our friends from Kansas and South Carolina. You can see more pictures here.

Top Right Photo Pictured Left to Right:  Delia, Sucely and Brenda

Preparing the Children

We work hard to not only provide a safe, healthy Christian environment for our children, but also to train them in the life skills they will need to live in their own culture. All of our children, except the younger ones, wash their own clothes by hand. Their house parents teach them how to safely handle different cleaning materials and get out stains. Let's pray that the young people placed in our care will be prepared to lead lives that glorify the Lord in every respect.

Life After Agua Viva - Miguel

Miguel entered the home when he was just nine years old after his father passed away and his mother could no longer care for him. He struggled with missing his mother growing up, but she regularly encouraged him to tak advantage of hte life that Agua Viva was making possible for him.

Miguel studied hard and graduated from high school and then proceeded to do extra high school studies before he went on to college. He graduated as an E-ray technician this past November and has a job in this field in Chimaltenango. He also has plans to get married this December.

Miguel wants to say thank you to the supporters who made it possible for him to get an education instead of growing up on the streets. We are proud of Miguel for everything he has achieved, and ask for your prayers on his behalf.

Schlax Family Returning!

We are blessed to have the Schlax family serving at Agua Viva again in 2016.
           Mark & Sherri                                             Abbey                                                        Misi 
Mark and Sherri hosted our mission teams this past year and will be taking on even more responsibilities in that role in the coming year. Please pray for them as they make decisions regarding the sale of their home and the possibility of spending more time at Agua Viva.

Abbey did a great job teaching English at the Agua Viva School last year as well as developing a new curriculum for our elementary classes this coming year. She plans to marry a godly Christian man whom she met in Guatemala. Please pray for her as she makes the transition to married life while continuing to serve the students at the school.

Misi will be taking on all the responsibilities of the Sponsorship Program this year as well as continuing to administer our Facebook page. She will also help with various development projects including a new website and new promotional materials. Keep an eye out for these in the coming months! Please pray for her to have the creativity and wisdom to pull all these projects together.

The Schlax family needs supporters to come alongside them financially. Please keep them in your prayers and consider giving toward their monthly support.

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