Help Us Respond!

The global impact of COVID-19 is unprecedented. But for those already living in vulnerable communities in Guatemala, the effects of this crisis are even more devastating. The government has put curfews in place and halted public transportation, making it difficult for people to get to work or shop in the markets for food.

In response to this crisis, we are teaming up with CEDEPCA and the Association of Mam Christian Women for Development to provide additional support to those in need. Our first initiative is supplying Emergency Food Kits that will feed a family of five for one month. And we need your help!

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Steering Committee Formed and Getting Down to Business

The Guatemala Partnership of New Castle Presbytery has just exploded in the last two years….in a good way! There is new energy from churches, new excitement from individuals, and new commitment from the Presbytery. We launched a website, increased our financial support tenfold, and formalized our partnerships in Guatemala. There are now 12 churches within the Presbytery involvedwith more in the wingsand more and more individual members have traveled with us to see God’s work up close.

NCP Guatemala Steering Committee
Steering Committee meets via Zoom

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A Certain Hope

I find myself waking up each morning, and within seconds, suddenly remembering the ongoing situation we are facing. The impact of COVID-19 on those of us here in the United States is unprecedented: lives lost, jobs vanished, plans put on hold. As the virus spreads, I fear for what the people of Guatemala might face. The reality that could unfold there may be even more dire.

As of this writing, there are just 70 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Guatemala. That number is certain to climb. The Guatemalan government has taken this emergency seriously, closing borders, enforcing curfews, and declaring a country-wide stay-at-home order.

As a result, daily life in Guatemala has changed significantly. Read more

Helping Families and Future Generations: The Amazing Men of AJPU

We met three amazing dedicated people, Vicente, Alfredo, and Geovanny, who are leaders of AJPU. AJPU is dedicated to supporting local businesses and preserving the environment. They are integral in the manufacturing stoves, latrines and water filters for the Association. Read more

Courageous Women

On our fourth day in Guatemala, we traveled to visit two different microloan groups of indigenous women in the Association. The women have a strong and remarkable faith. As it says in Joshua 1:9, “…Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” These women displayed powerful courage and strength in conquering obstacles in their lives with hard work and faith. Read more