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A team of dedicated students and staff from Therapy Clinics International and University of Texas Medical Branch did an awesome job of serving Learning experiences included: special needs school, adult ortho and neuro patients, a training for staff on a new device for people with paralysis, fitting of the equipment built, and a presentation by CONADI (Advocates for rights of people with disabilities). They also provided training for local midwives and built tools that will help local children with disabilities stay mobile.

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Angelica Maria de Leon and her husband didn’t have much. Just a small house without electricity, but they had each other and their three children.

Then about 11 years ago, Angelica’s husband decided to go illegally to the United States to try and make a better life for his family. Talking about that time is still difficult for Angelica.

“I feel that when I talk about my life then, that it’s just too much. “

Her husband mortgaged their little house and land and began his journey to the United States.

“When my husband went to the United States he said he went to help us move forward –my children and me -- because where we were before we didn’t have electricity. We   didn’t have anything.”

It didn’t work out that way.

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Twelve percent of these hard "workers" have died so far this year and they worked at ASELSI.

With them we’ve tracked hundreds of patients to make sure they are getting the best care we can give. We use them to write Bible curriculum to be taught in five countries. They project words of praise and graphics to explain. They calculate budgets and supplies for building a home for widows and single moms. They send our messages across the globe, and with them we coordinate the many teams that serve here. They help us teach children with special needs. They help us track when to buy more milk to feed hungry babies and more. At the ASELSI offices we have 32 of them.

They work day in and day out, but they are getting older and they need your help.

While we do our best to vaccinate them against viruses and keep them healthy, the older they get the more difficult it is to keep these workers going. Last year four of them died. This year four more have already died, and we are only starting September!

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Our International Director of Extensions, Mike McComb shared this update on our Bible Extension Centers and how more students are learning God's life-changing Word.
México: We started working with Water Mission in Mexico in January of 2019 with 32 students in the extension in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.  Water Mission has clean water projects going on in several rural communities, and they asked for ASELSI to assist in their church planting efforts by training their staff in our Basic Bible course.  We hope to finish their "Basic Training" in the Fall of next year, and hope that they will in turn train others to reach all of Chiapas with the Gospel.  Overall since 2007, we have had 12 extensions in Mexico and have graduated over 100 students in that country.
Cuba:  An ASELSI extension was started in Santiago in 2018, and has now doubled into 2 extensions there with a total of 30 students enrolled.  The first five ASELSI graduates in Cuba will graduate in December 2019 when a group from ASELSI Guatemala goes on a trip to encourage them to go out to start new extensions in other parts of Cuba.
Venezuela:  We have graduated 34 students from three extensions so far in Caracas, Valencia and La Isla de Margaritas.  We currently have  24 students enrolled in Margaritas and 3 in Valencia.  We are hoping to send one of our ASELSI teachers this year to help with the ongoing work.
United States:  We have two extensions in areas with heavy Latino populations.  One in Central Texas and the other near Miami, Florida.  Hundreds of students have already graduated from these extensions and one that we had in Vancouver, Washington.  This year, 24 will graduate from our Miami extension and 9 graduated from the extension in Texas.  These students are pastoring and working in Latino churches that are making an impact in these two states and we are hoping to open more extensions in the future.
Guatemala:  We currently have 12 extensions operating in Guatemala with approximately 150 students enrolled.  We will be expanding these current extensions to include three new ones that will be offering courses on the university level in 2020.
Over the past 18 months, we have had pastors and church leaders contact us from different countries in Africa and Asia asking for assistance with ministerial training.  We are currently looking into partnering with a ministry in Myanmar who has asked for help with the training of church planters to work in different parts of their country.  Please pray with us that we can continue to teach and train Gospel workers to take the Good news of Jesus to the ends of the Earth!
You can help us continue reaching out and training more students in these countries and as we expand to new places by giving a monthly donation here.

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The Restore Church team from Michigan got a taste of Guatemala and the expanding ASELSI vision this summer.

This team of eight including Pastor John Prominski not only experienced life in Guatemala, they helped with a construction project and visited and prayed for the sick in hospital.

They visited two families in their homes and delivered food items to help with their daily needs.

Pastor John and the team got to know the two pastors in Chicua I and Chuabaj who are part of ASELSI’s Vision 2020 to establish centers of transformation through local churches working together.

Two of the team members had time to observe in the ASELSI clinic program with healthy baby checks and pregnant mothers.

We love having team come and get to know our vision for equipping, empowering, and enabling across Guatemala and beyond.

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