Give the Gift of a Guatemalan Stove this Holiday!

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It’s Official!

This Thanksgiving, we wanted to share something we are very grateful for: The Association of Mam Christian Women for Development is now an official Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Guatemala! After a year of diligently working with a lawyer, the Association submitted its application in early 2019 to become an NGO. We are delighted to report that their application has been approved by the government and they are now a formally registered non-profit organization. This legal status will provide the women with a greater sense of empowerment and secure their future as a formal organization.

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The Association on a video call with New Castle Presbytery to share the good news.

New Castle Presbytery has been working with the Association of Mam Christian Women for Development since 2010, and we have had a formalized partnership agreement with them since 2015. This is truly a monumental step for these women, and we recognize their courage and determination. Congratulations!

CEDEPCA Representatives Visit New Castle Presbytery

Three esteemed colleagues from our partner organization CEDEPCA (the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America) have arrived from Guatemala City and will be here for the next week: giving presentations, attending meetings, worshiping with us, and of course, having some fun!

(Pictured left to right: Nancy Carrera, Delia Leal, Judith Castañeda)

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A Photo that Makes My Heart Sing

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A photo that makes Carrie Saathoff’s heart sign — for many reasons!
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. She 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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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 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. We are pleased to report that they are now back up and running at full capacity! Read more