Receive This Recognition with Love

fullsizeoutput_623cDuring a recent trip to Guatemala in June, the Association of Mam Christian Women for Development presented New Castle Presbytery with an official – and heartfelt – diploma. It is signed by every board member and reads: “With a deep appreciation for the support to the projects of the Association for the benefit of the families of the Mam area. Receive this recognition with love.” The women told us that they pray for members of the Presbytery every day and send their blessings to all of you. Thank you for your continued support of their work!

A Photo that Makes My Heart Sing

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I woke up yesterday morning to find this fabulous photo in my inbox. At first glance it didn’t look particularly special, but upon further reflection, it made my heart sing – and here is why:

 

First of all, this photo was sent to me by the new part-time administrative secretary of the Association (hired in February using funds from Ignite). Yohana is young, sharp as a tack, and technologically-savvy. So she is now starting to give us real-time updates of the projects of the Association – what a gift! This photo was taken just a few days ago.

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Clinic Grand Opening and Health Fair

On this current trip to Guatemala, “we” (Westminster members Cathy Higgins, Carrie Saathoff and Baden Saathoff) were invited to travel with Dottie and Stan Foster, Cindie Moore, and members of Nacoochee Presbyterian Church of north Georgia. Dottie Foster is the daughter of Dudley and Dorothy Peck who were Presbyterian missionaries in Guatemala from 1922 to 1970. Dr. Stanley Foster is an MD, MPH at Emory University and the CDC. Cindie Moore is the U.S. Liaison to the Association.

 

Dottie and Stan Foster

Nacoochee’s primary mission on this trip is to inaugurate Rosario’s new clinic with a two-day health fair focusing on child, maternal and women’s health. Read more

Reaching New Heights

Several members of New Castle Presbytery are traveling in Guatemala this week to spend time with CEDEPCA and the Association of Mam Christian Women for Development. Yesterday, we attended the Association’s bi-annual Assembly meeting and all we can say is WOW!

La Asamblea

First, let’s start with the meeting space. Rosario Diaz, coordinator of the Association, has just completed construction of her new three-story health clinic and it is beautiful!
The Association now has space for its office and meetings. A dream come true! Read more

Two New Churches Join the Partnership!

We are delighted to report that two churches in New Castle Presbytery have jumped on board and joined the Guatemala Partnership!

TfDg0rLzSUyDg6AIjo0cIAFirst, the mission committee of New Castle Presbyterian Church (located in Old New Castle, Delaware) is sponsoring their own microloan group. On May 5th, committee members presented a check for $3,120 to two members of the Guatemala Partnership team who will deliver the check to the Association. These funds will support 12 women in a new microloan group as they launch their self-sustaining projects planting potatoes and raising small livestock. New Castle Church is also establishing a prayer partnership with these women, and plans to send one or two representatives to travel to Guatemala next January to visit this group in person and see their projects in action! Read more