A New Year
This month we have been planning the curriculum and classes for the 2015 school year. Last year we saw incredible progress, both educationally and spiritually, in the lives of the children we work with and our goal is to continue to build upon that progress. Below is an overview of the projects we are working on and we ask for your prayers and support to make it possible.
For the past four years we have been working at the Precious Moments School / Orphanage in Colonia Santa Fe of Guatemala City. It is run by Martha Ordonez, a Guatemalan lady who has a wonderful heart for these children and has been working for years to make a a difference in their lives through the love of Christ. Almost 200 poor children attend school here and receive a good Christian education.
The focus of our ministry at Precious Moments is to assist with improving the quality of education for the students. We set up a computer classroom where the students learn typing and computer skills; we raise funds to pay for the teachers salaries; we work with mission teams to run VBS programs; we teach Bible classes; and constantly work to find donors for school supplies and food for the children.
Several years ago, we rented a room near the school where we set up a computer classroom and started teaching the students computer skills. Last year we trained the teachers how to use the software and teach the class. They took over all the classes and did a wonderful job.
This year we are opening the computer classroom in the afternoons to provide tutoring, computer training and Bible classes to the students who are there in the afternoons. We hired two teachers to assist with afternoon classes and we are praying that this program will be effective in helping the students both scholastically and spiritually.
At the orphanage Fundaninos, where we have been working for six years, we are continuing our Skills for Life programs which include cooking, woodworking and now, CNC engineering. A big focus of our work this year is increasing the quality of the work the students do and developing their technical skills. We will be moving to smaller class sizes and working through a curriculum that will enable them to assist with teaching other students this next year.
In addition, we are continuing with our regular youth group and Bible studies for the teenage girls from Fundaninos and we are very inspired to see them growing in Christ.