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
While our second day in Guatemala was enlightening as we learned about its history and economic conditions, our third day was active, exhilarating, and inspiring. We experienced first-hand the beauty of the Guatemalan highlands by traveling to various microloan groups to receive updates on their projects and form bonds.
Today we traveled up the Pan American highway through the cloud-topped Sierra Madre mountains of the western highlands of Guatemala. We were meeting an amazing group of women and would witness a defining moment for the Association of the Mam Christian Women. What started many years ago was coming to fruition. Women with years of experience, those who had been mentored, and a second generation of daughters were empowered and working together to lead a robust array of successful projects. Read more
All eight travelers arrived safely in Guatemala City last evening. The sun is shining and the weather is glorious—unlike at home right now! Seven travelers are representing New Castle Presbytery (Tracy, Rachel, Karen, Arun, Denison, Jamie, and Carrie) and we are delighted to also be joined by Mary Jane from Presbytery of the James in Richmond, Virginia.
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.
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!