Offering presence, prayer, and love through trusting relationships.

Relationships are at the heart of everything we do.

As Bryant Myers writes, “Poverty is the result of relationships that do not work, that are not just, that are not for life, that are not harmonious or enjoyable. Poverty is the absence of shalom in all its meanings.”

By offering their presence, the team in Guatemala enters into stories of deep poverty, suffering, abuse, and marginalization. They offer friendship, love, and shalom. They visit homes, letting people express their pain and give voice to wounds. They show up in the darkest moments of suffering, sickness, evil, and need. They listen and they offer Biblical truth.

They pray with the mother watching her son grow sicker from leukemia. They plead with the gang member contemplating retaliation for his recent gunshot wound. They affirm the dignity of the former prostitute. They encourage the young mother to take care of her unwanted pregnancy. And they celebrate the growing number of faithful people who want to see their community healed and whole.

Living in poverty, you experience many flashes in the pan – good intentions, bold promises, high hopes. But lasting transformation requires trusting relationships. The greatest transformation occurs when staff embody the love of Jesus day after day.

“Deep treasures are found in times of deep suffering. We are present with the people, and that is a beautiful miracle.” – Tita Evertsz

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