Hogar de Vida
Hogar de Vida or Home of Life & Nutrition in San Andres, Sajcabaja, is located in north central Guatemala, the northern-most country of the seven Central American countries. If you were arriving for a Guatemala mission trip, you'd learn that San Andres is a five-hour bus trip from Guatemala City, taking over an hour to traverse the last 22 miles over rugged, poorly maintained mountain roads. The town of San Andres has a population of 2,700 inhabitants, most of whom are Quiche-speaking Mayan Indians. (Quiche is one of 22 Mayan Indian languages spoken in Guatemala). The children's home is in the southeast corner of town.
Jesus said: "Let the children come to me and do not let them be restrained, because such as these belong to the kingdom of God. Mark 10:4"
In the home the love of Jesus is shared with children who need the security of a home where they are surrounded by caring people. Consider participating on one of our Guatemala mission trips! Meals are prepared over a woodburning stove, and after-meal dishes are washed in the big washbasins which are part of the pila (a big water storage and utility washing area for dishes and clothes).
Overseeing this daily routine are Oralia and Amilcar. Amilcar Gomez is the accountant and legal representative. Oralia Ixcuna, with her husband, Sebastian La`zar, are the directors of the home. Ours is one of the charities in Guatemala that provides a critical service for children with few other alternatives.
Hoagr de Vida
Contact Person: Oralia Ixcuna and Amilcar Gomez
Articles about Orphan Care
- Because someone cared, lives are being changed in Guatemala. Read on to find out what has happened in our ministry this past year.
- 2018 Mid-Year Report from missionary family in Guatemala. Our ministry has grown substantially, not just in the numbers of those we serve, but in depth and scope.
- Orphan Care – Beyond Orphanages, serving for a lifetime. Lessons about orphan care from a missionary in Guatemala. When does our ministry end? When do we check someone we have been serving off our list and consider them “mission accomplished”? All too often in many orphanages and children’s homes, the moment they walk out the door they are forgotten.
- Orphan Prevention, getting to the root of the problem of orphan care in Guatemala.
- Anyone can love when it’s easy; but, it’s how we respond when things are hard, that truly demonstrates the heart of God. Serving orphans and vulnerable children in Guatemala, we have had to figure out how to do this right.