Guatemala Mission Trip
DHBC enjoys a very rewarding partnership with Mission Impact, a Christian organization serving the indigenous people of Guatemala. We have traveled there multiple years to assist with the construction of several schools and to perform other service projects in the impoverished village of Santa Maria de Jesus.
Each year, the mission team members who varied in age from 6 to 60+, all shared God's love in various forms of service. One year for example:
- At Proximos Pasos (Next Steps), the school for girls we have been helping build each year in the village of Santa Maria de Jesus, one group assisted in the classrooms and again had another delightful and successful sewing project with the girls.
- Another group of four, which included several architects, went to help with the building addition to another Mission Impact school called Vida Y Esperanza (Life and Hope). Members of this team also assisted in the classrooms at the existing part of the school.
- During the week, another team worked all week digging and making a cistern for the family of one of the Proximos Pasos girls. The government briefly "turns on" the water to the village of Santa Maria de Jesus several times each week and the lack of accessible water really adds to the difficulty of the day-to-day life of the villagers. By the end of the week, the group completed the cistern that would allow the family to collect a large quantity of rainwater for their use.
- One member who is a nurse, worked all week with the Guatemalan physician Dr. Oscar in the village of Sumpango. She also assisted a cardiologist on another mission team from Wisconsin that was there to provide support Dr. Oscar's small clinic. This team member's work included a visit with Dr. Oscar to the poorest of the poor in the Sumpango area, families living on the mountainside and ravine at the village's trash dump.
- A highlight of the week occurred when all of the mission team helped host a spaghetti dinner at Proximos Pasos with students, family and the village at the first ever PTA type meeting. There were about 300 people in attendance!
- After a hard week of work, the Mission Team on Saturday rode a bus to the nearby active volcano Pacaya. We then hiked and rode horseback to the top of the volcano and enjoyed some marshmallows roasted over molten lava. It was a peak experience to say the least! This volcano erupted the following year so I don't think we will be making that hike again!
In addition to mission trips, DHBC strives to provide resources, funds and support to Mission Impact especially to Proximos Pasos the girls school we have helped build in the village of Santa Maria de Jesus. Fundraising is needed on an ongoing basis.
For more information about the ministries of Mission Impact and servant team opportunities, please visit their website at http://www.missionimpact.com/