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Guatemala Ministry

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”  James 1:27
It is the goal of the SGF Guatemala Ministry to establish and maintain a year-round presence with the abandoned children of the Guatemala government temporary homes which includes counseling, evangelizing and discipling, as well as helping with educational, health and material needs.
SGF Guatemala Ministry is a unique ministry for Sierra Grace Fellowship as SGF is the sponsoring agency of the ministry.  All contributions for helping the children must come from indivdual giving specifically designated for "Guatemala" and the ministry does not receive money from SGF's general fund.
Description of the Ministry
Xela Government Temporary Home - Josias and Candy Aguilar
For the past two years, Josias and Candy have ministered daily to approximately 100 children, ages 2 to 12.  Their ministry includes:
• Taking children to church each Sunday
• Daily teaching Bible, praise/worship songs, computer skills, flute-a-phone and art
• Daily taking children on outings – soccer, swimming, hiking, park
• Nutritional snacks supplied at each gathering
• Taking 18 special children to and from their school each week day
Zacapa Government Temporary Home – Jacobo and Betty Aguilar
Jacobo and Betty have ministered daily to the approximately 100 children living in the government home, for the past 8 years.  Their ministry includes:
• Daily teaching Bible, praise /worship songs, life skills, art, recreation
• Daily bringing groups of children daily to their home for these various activities
• Taking children to church each Sunday
• Nutritional snacks supplied at each gathering
• Taking special children to and from their school each week day
Puerta de Esperanza - German and Vicky Aguilar
It is the goal of the Guatemala Ministry to maintain a residence, Puerta de Esperanza, for raising teenage girls who have come from the Guatemala government temporary homes, providing Christian and academic teaching and a home environment.
Puerta de Esperanza is a three-story, 3000 square-foot home built by the Sierra Grace Fellowship Guatemala Ministry as a transition home for up to 12 girls.  The girls, Sandra, Josefina, Beata, Jennifer and their house mother, Sara Aguilar reside in the second and third floors. One boy, Jeffery, resides on the second floor.
The first floor, containing one large room, two bedrooms, kitchen and two bathrooms, is used as a Sunday school area for the children of the government homes; a place of study during the week for the children of the Residence; as well as a place where SGF guests and teams stay during their visits.
Pastor German and Vicky Aguilar have accepted the responsibility of parenting:
o Jennifer -15
o Beata – 15
o Jeffery-14
o Josefina – 22 –currently in seminary in Guatemala City
o Sandra- 21 – works with household chores of the Residence

The children are homeschooled using Hebron Church teaching materials with their teacher, Sara Aguilar.
Short-term Mission Trips to Guatemala
A SGF short-term mission team travels each summer for approximately two weeks to visit each ministry site to work with Jacobo, Pastor German and Josias with the children.  It has been the goal of the ministry to open the spiritual eyes of the team members as to the needs of others and the work that God desires for their lives.  It also is our goal to encourage the children of the government homes of Guatemala as well as the Aguilar families in their ministries.
This year the team will be traveling from July 21st to August 6th. If you are interested in going with us, please call Denny or Jan at 530 878 2624.  You can pick up an informational packet in the church foyer.  The cost will be $1000 plus airfare, which is approximately $750.
Sponsorships for Children
We have begun a sponsorship program this year which is designed to help children living in poverty who have been returned to their homes from the government temporary homes and live close to one of the Aguilar families or children of families who attend the church of the Aguilars'.  The aim is to have German, Jacobo or Josias continue a relationship with the children, to strengthen their walk with the Lord and enable them to go to school.  Without sponsorship help these children aren't able to attend school as they are in search of work to buy food for the family.  With the sponsor's help of $30 per month, the children will receive food, needed clothing, and school supplies.  If you are interested in being a sponsor, please call Denny or Jan.
Sierra Grace Guatemala Ministry Board
A Guatemala support-ministry board has been formed to pray for and give support to German, Jacobo, Josias and their families as well as the children they minister to.  The committee meets bimonthly and requests a one-year commitment from each member.  The responsibilities of this committee include:
~Communicate the ministry needs to SGF members, groups and committees
~Support SGF teams traveling to Guatemala
~Oversee and assess the ministry's activities
How You Can Help
Please consider supporting this ministry with your prayers, time, and finances.  The Guatemala Ministry is solely supported by individual donations. Your donations will provide the financial support needed  for:

Jacobo and Josias to minister daily to the children of the government homes, allowing them to:

  • purchase supplies and nutritous snacks for the children
  • transport children from the govt home to their home, to church and outings
  • transport the special kids to their school
  • maintain the ministry van
Pastor German and Vicky to care for the children of Puerta de Esperanza:
  • purchasing food, clothing, necesities and educational materials
  • maintaining the building of Puerta de Esperanza and the ministry van
Checks or money orders should be made out to Sierra Grace Fellowship with "Guatemala Ministry" in the memo section.  A receipt of charitable donations will be mailed to the giver on an annual basis.  Please pray about supporting the ministry financially on a regular basis.  Your involvement in this ministry will make an eternal difference in the lives of these children.