Missions Frontier continues to choose projects that partner mission teams with the local church and offer the opportunity for discipleship. Many local families have been blessed through the wooden houses, especially widows and single mothers. Communities have had the chance to receive medical and dental assistance. It’s wonderful to see children enjoying themselves, laughing and playing and hearing a Bible message that touches their hearts and the hearts of their families as well. Thank you to the many teams from the USA and Canada who come to Guatemala to share time with the local people of Chichi.
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SHORT-TERM MISSION PROJECTS
Mission Trips give the opportunity to take a step of obedience in faith and use our God given gifts to serve the Guatemalan people, to aid the local Christian Church and to see Christ at work in and through the Guatemalan people. Mission trips provide an incredible, life changing experience for everyone involved. Read some of the personal stories and experiences of others who have participated in a short-term trip to Guatemala.... MISSION TRIP STORIES AND EXPERIENCES
Missions Frontier arranges and hosts short-term mission trips for teams from the United States. The ministry owns and operates a hotel in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. While in Chichi, teams stay at the Hotel Casa Del Rey. Profits from the hotel go toward local ministry. HOTEL CASA DEL REY
SOME OF OUR CURRENT PROJECTS WHERE YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
Recent statistics report that between 1990 and 2010, Guatemala lost 23.0% of its forest coverage. Deforestation continues to be a growing problem for the natural resources of the country.
Reforestation is one of our recent projects that we are able to offer to mission teams who want to get involved. Missions Frontier wants to take an active role in protecting the environment that God has given us. As we consume trees to construct houses, we feel it is our responsibility to help in the reforestation of Guatemala. Reforestation provides a good opportunity to involve the local church and allows us to work together as good stewards with the resources God has given to us.
This year we were able to share this project with a group of students who were interested in reforestation as a school project. On the day of reforestation, the school group came to the church and learned about the purpose of reforestation from a biblical perspective.
CHICKEN COOP PROJECT
June marked the beginning of the chicken coop project. The idea germinated from the desire to bring economic development to the people in the community. Pastors from a local church approached Missions Frontier with the idea to help the people grow economically via chicken coops. Pastors, who have received training in micro-business, will work with the chicken coop recipients and advise the to make good financial investments and decisions that will have long-term benefit. The chicken coop project consists of giving a family: 50 chickens, a coop, and 200 pounds of feed. We are very happy to be partnering with a local body of believers who are interested in living authentic Christian lives and understand the concept of looking to the needs of others.
There are many different ways we can try to improve the health care in rural Guatemala. One way we can help prevent the spread of disease is by providing latrines and educating families on their use. We will begin constructing latrines in the coming year.
ENGLISH AND SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS
Each year we host English camps for orphans, children from the Guatemala City Dump and other special needs children. While at camp, children have the opportunity to learn English and experience the joy of a Christian Summer Camp - games, campfires, Bible classes, worship time, swimming and English classes.
HEALTH CARE & SUPPORT MEDICAL CLINICS
We provide equipment support, provide channels for affordable prescription drugs, initiate and support medical teams and provide health care training.
HOME CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS
Aiding the local Christian Church through the construction of homes for those most in need. The average cost of a home is approximately $1600. Families unable to previously own land, now have opportunity to purchase land and own homes.
Building projects also allow the opportunity for local community to come together as they work toward a common goal. This gives the community a sense of responsibility and ownership in their new homes.
TEAM PHILOSOPHY - Its about God, not about us. Its about the relationships, not the projects.
Short-term trips provide an opportunity for individuals to step outside of their comfort zones and grow in their faith and in their relationships with God.
PAIRING TEAMS WITH PROJECTS
While we make every attempt to pair teams with projects that fit the members individual gifts, we will not get involved in projects that undermine the long-term goals and initiatives of the local people. We desire to support the local church in ways that will produce long-term solutions and are sustainable without on-going dependency on American funds.
HOW DO WE CHOOSE THE PROJECTS?
We are always getting involved in new projects that can strengthen the local church. In determining which projects to become involved, the following questions serve as our criteria.
Does a project create dependency that stifles local initiative? Can a project be sustained and duplicated without the ongoing financial support of foreigners?
Does a project assist or compete with other ministries? Are we duplicating efforts where there is not a need?
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