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!

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The second newcomer to this partnership is Ocean View Presbyterian Church. The Women’s Circle of Ocean View has made a generous donation of $500 for one fuel-efficient stove and one VIP Latrine. Ocean View’s Pastor, Terry Dougherty, just traveled to Guatemala in January with NCP and continues to share his enthusiasm and admiration for the work the women of the Association continue to do.

Thank you to both New Castle and Ocean View for their generous support of this partnership!  If your church would like to learn more about becoming an active participant as well, please contact us. A member of our team would be more than happy to give a presentation to your committee or congregation.

Update: Damaged Manufacturing Workshop Back in Operation

In early March, two enormous trees fell on the workshop of our Guatemalan partners AJPU, causing significant damage. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the entire roof and portions of the external walls were destroyed. To witness the damage up-close, view this five-minute video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y9t-e7vQrE) taken just hours after the tree fell. Please be sure your Subtitles/Closed Captioning is turned ON in order to read the translation in English.

 

With the resilience and resourcefulness that is so typically Guatemala, AJPU had a crew working onsite within 24 hours. A week later, they had secured a loan from the bank and had begun reconstruction.  We are pleased to report that they are now back up and running at full capacity!

 

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The trees also damaged 2 fuel-efficient stoves, 10 water filters, and the concrete bases for eight VIP latrines. The original funding for these specific items came from donations made by individual members at Westminster (Wilmington). Therefore, Westminster’s Church in the World Committee felt called to send a check to AJPU to replace these items. AJPU will rebuild these items immediately and install them in the homes of members of the Association of Mam Christian Women for Development who have been waiting. 

 

We appreciate so many of you asking how you could help with the rebuild.  Moving forward, we hope that you will consider supporting the work of AJPU and the Association by contributing directly to their projects

Check Out the Updated Website!

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As the Guatemala Partnership continues to flourish, we elevated the website to better inform interested parties of the work happening in Western Guatemala. View the various projects that you or your church can support and other exciting ways to participate.

Please use this resource to share whether it be with your congregation or mission committees. All are welcome in this partnership!

Downed Trees Damage Manufacturing Workshop in Guatemala

We recently received some news from our partners in Guatemala (AJPU) who produce the water filters, VIP latrines and fuel-efficient stoves for us.  On the morning of Ash Wednesday at 11:45 am, strong tornado-like winds downed two enormous fir trees onto their workshop.  Four men were working inside, fulfilling a recent order placed by the Association of Mam Christian Women for Development using funds provided by New Castle Presbytery.  By the grace of God, the men were not injured, but very shaken.

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