Missionary happenings in Guatemala July 2016
We took the high school students from an orphanage we work with to the bank. They went to deposit their earnings from the products they make and sell in our woodworking and engineering classes. It was wonderful to see them get excited as they realized how much money they had. %100 of the profits from the items they make goes to them. The goal is that they save it for their future or use it for transformational purchases. We deposited almost $1000 in total, with one of the boys having made over $300 from the sale of his products. So awesome to see them "get" that learning a skill, working to produce a quality product, and then selling it, is exciting, fun and can literally get you money in the bank.
Carpentry, Woodworking and Engineering
Tim taught 16 classes to the students who participate in our program at an orphanage we work with. Students produced and sold over $300 of handmade wooden pens and bracelets as well as cutting boards made on our CNC Shopbot.
Eduardo, our wonderful teacher who works for us at the VETC, taught 35 classes to our students who come from the Precious Moments school and the surrounding impoverished community, we have 78 children enrolled in 5 groups. Current classes include Touch Typing, MS Word, Excel and programming.
Sharie, along with the help of two volunteers from our local church, taught four cooking classes to 20 children at the orphanage where we serve.
For one class we had a cook off and made pasta. The students divided into 3 teams and each one had to choose a pasta and sauce to make with each student also preparing foccacia bread. They did a great job all the dishes came both beautiful and delicious.
We were blessed to be visited by a mission team from The Village Church, they spent time caring for the children and working with the staff. They hosted a thank you lunch for the workers in appreciation for all they do for these precious children.
Tim assisted with taking the children on a march for the "day against the bad treatment of people", something that is personal for many of them, given their background. They had a great time visiting “Obelisco”, walking down “Avendia Las Americas” and enjoying ice cream. It might not seem like much to you, but for them it was awesome.
We also made some safety improvements to the school we run for the disabled, including installing an intercom, building a safety gate and anti-slip tape for the entrance.