Guatemala Mission Team
Immanuel, along with the Central American Lutheran Mission Society (CALMS) and our ministry partners in Guatemala, is dedicated to helping fulfill the Great Commission by making and growing disciples who make more disciples for Jesus. We do this by working collaboratively with people to help build the capacity of leaders, churches, ministries, and communities while addressing physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, so that they can live in healthy ways to carry out God’s mission in the world.
We are currently working with Santa Cruz Mision Lutherana (Holy Cross Lutheran Mission) at Lake Amatitlan (where we stay) and nearby El Durazno village – about an hour from Guatemala City. The “poorest of the poor” in Guatemala live near Lake Amatitlan. We focus on developing relationships as we experience and learn more about cross-cultural ministry.
We have prayer-walked, visited homes, shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and distributed Bibles to 400 village families; shared Bible stories and led songs with 400 children and mothers during Vacation Bible School / puppet ministry; taught the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, Bible stories, English, hygiene education, and music and provided books and school supplies to 300 students at El Durazno School; equipped / mentored older youth to be leaders in ministry; provided medical care to 162 families; provided dental care to 198 patients; and taught Sunday School, reading, and recorder and provided books and supplies to Santa Cruz children’s ministry. We pray with families and spend time discussing our experiences as a team each day.