By Lindsay Allen | Project Manager - Americas World Orphans began working in Guatemala just last year, making it our newest country to establish church partnerships. After only a few months of churches participating in our program, a small community in Verbena, a “red zone” of Guatemala City, is starting to take notice. “Red zones” are the areas with exceptionally high crime rates, gang activity, prostitution, etc. They are also the places where the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable live.
The churches in Verbena partnering with World Orphans are focused on serving the orphans and vulnerable children in the community. They make home visits to families, provide a small gift of food, and pray for them. Most of all, they are showing these families that they are loved, and teaching them that their Heavenly Father loves them too!
Pastor Eli of Jesucristo Rey Church says that there is a taxi driver in his community who is a known agnostic. This man who does not know God has taken note of what the church is doing. He told Pastor Eli that he has great respect and admiration for the work of the church members, and how they are showing love with their actions, not just their words.
The mission of World Orphans is to equip, inspire, and mobilize the church to care for orphans and vulnerable children. Churches engaged. Children restored. Communities transformed by the Gospel of Christ. What Pastor Eli is witnessing is the beginning of a community being transformed by the Gospel.
We will continue to share with you how God is working in this area.