Getting the Village of Hope up and running has been a process full of ongoing miraculous provision from the Lord. ON this page, you will find our most current needs. We hope you will partner with us to provide for the salaries of these Guatemalan employees!
Elsa, one of five children, was born and raised in Santiago, Guatemala. Her parents owned and ran a small tienda where she grew up making tortillas. From the time Elsa was a little girl Alcoholism touched her life, first through her parents and later in life her husband. Her husband eventually abandoned Elsa and her two boys- Alex (12) and Manuel (9). Elsa cooks for teams and cleans at Village of Hope. She is an extremely hard worker and loves being a part of our team. She is also learning English and very excited about it. Elsa says that by working at Village of Hope she has discovered her worth and realizes that God has a purpose for her life. Her greatest dream is for her two boys to grow up to be good men who treat all people with dignity and respect.
Juana is a cook and cleaner at Village of Hope. Juana was born in El Tejar, Chimaltenango, Guatemala and she has one brother. Growing up they never knew her father because he abandoned their family when she was very young. Juana mother was mute although they never found out why. As a child Juana and her mother created their own form of sign language so that they could communicate. Juana lived in the states for 7 months with the Shutt family from Kentucky. While there Juana received surgery on one of her eyes that she had limited vision in since she was age 7. She is now able to see out of that eye and praises Jesus for that gift every day. Juana is the single mom of 3 girls- Deanna (14) Jacqueline (10) and Marlin. Juana loves her job at Village of Hope because she enjoys working with the people and working indoors. Juana’s greatest desire is for her girls to grow up and be successful and that they can work as a team.
My name is Alejandra López, the youngest of 4 siblings. I grew up with my mom and dad in Guatemala city, with good and bad times, and as many of the Guatemalan families we deal with alcoholism and drugs, but we overcome it through Jesus. Now I live at VOH near to my mom and one of my brothers.
I have always loved kids and this journey with them began when I graduated as pre-school teacher, and then I started the psychology and speech therapist degree in college. While I was in college I got to know Jesus and a few years later he guided me to children ministry leading worship and teaching them at kids church, during this time I also began to work in an orphanage as psychologist, this was one of my dreams since I started college. Most of my friends and family members thought that I was crazy for leaving my parents and rejected good work opportunities to move to an orphanage, but this was the time when the most amazing adventure began, in this time He opened my eyes, my heart and my mind to children love and security needs, and the lack of knowledge of our culture about orphans. I have learned from them what the Bible says in Philippians to be full of joy always because you belong to the Lord. Again I say, be full of joy! Let all people see how gentle you are.
Now God brought me to VOH and it is so exciting to know and trust that he is fulfilling his purpose in my life. I love my job because I know I am serving with an amazing staff, they are my friends and family, and I can see my dreams coming true, I know it is going to be wild, great and full of God!
“No, Christian brothers, I do not have that life yet. But I do one thing. I forget everything that is behind me and look forward to that which is ahead of me. My eyes are on the crown. I want to win the race and get the crown of God’s call from heaven through Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 4:13-14).
NOTE: Any amount given in excess of the needs above will be used where most needed at Village of Hope – Guatemala