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A team from Faith Church in Kansas spent a little over a week of their summer to build, share and care for the people of Guatemala. They built a play structure for kids at the Little Disciples Bible Study in Chujupen where our partner missionaries Michael & Chrisi Shead are ministering to children. They also built a a beautiful house for Anastasia, a single mom of two, in the village of Quijel. She is now able to run a small store out of her home to help with living and school costs for her two boys.

The Faith Team visited four families with gifts of food and prayer. They blessed us with their care, insights, testimonies, and simply their presence and words of encouragement.

This is the seventh year for this team to come and serve alongside ASELSI and help us reach more families with the love of Christ. 

Thank you Faith Church for your heart for us and Guatemala!

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Life hasn't been easy for 2-year-old Samuel.

Born with spina bifada, he hasn't developed the ability to walk yet, but he sure likes getting around.

His mother brings him to ASELSI's physical therapy program where he gets care, exercise, and she gets training to help him develop the strength and hope to one day walk on his own.

For almost his whole life, Samuel’s mom has been bringing him to ASELSI’s physical therapy program called CAF. It’s located in the outskirts of Chichicastenango in the western highlands of Guatemala.

Today, Samuel was training with two local workers, Tashi and Andrea.

With fun toys, a tube, and soft pads on the floor, they encouraged Samuel to crawl through, over and under obstacles. Every once in a while, he’d lay his head down as if to say he was getting tired, but their encouragement and the sight of a toy got him back into action.

He picked up large wooden beads and stretched up to hand them to Tashi as she strung them on a shoelace.

What seemed like play was actually exercise to help strengthen his core muscles and get him ready for the next stage in what they hope will give him the ability to one day walk on his own.

As Shes Rivera, the CAF program director, talked with Samuel’s mother, she pointed out tips about how to have him sit up and things that would help as he develops.

For Shes. there is a big dream for Samuel: “That he can be more independent and active in the community, school and church,” she said.

That’s not a dream too big to dream either.

Shes said that they have worked with a now-17-year-old girl who has a similar condition. She is now in school and very independent even though she has to use a wheelchair because her parents can’t afford the leg braces she needs.

Samuel, like the 84 other children are receiving care that most of these families couldn’t afford if it weren’t for the donations of supporters who help make this a place where dreams can come true and mindsets can be changed.

Shes says that independent mobility for Samuel is also about teaching something to others about disabilities and the God who helps those with them keep overcoming..

Shes said they want to “show the community and church that someone who has a disability doesn’t mean they can’t be part of the community and ultimately know Christ and share Him with others.”

Those are big dreams but reachable ones with the help of donors, caring trainers, and faithful family members who help make ASELSI’s CAF a place of miracles.

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They come to learn. They come to grow. They come to go.

These 94 Guatemalans young and old have a desire to be part of the answer to the needs around them both spiritually and physically.

Through a partnership between ASELSI and Adventures in Missions, ASELSI is hosting a 6-month training program for Guatemalans who want to be missionaries.

One Saturday each month, these students are taking classes focused on knowing God, listening to Him, and reaching out to others right where they are. The classes are followed with practice time when the students load up and head into town to walk the streets, visit the police station, pray, and talk with people about Christ.

We are excited about this group of local people who have a desire to learn, grow, and go see what God wants to do around them.

After the missions training there are additional opportunities for these students to go either to Cuba or Nicaragua in November or December to again put their learning into practice.

Please pray for this generation of “goers” who are preparing to answer the Great Commission and ASELSI’s opportunity to train missionaries to go beyond Latin America and into the Middle East and Asia. The six training sessions with are being held on the final Saturday of each month through October at ASELSI’s main campus.

 

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A team of five eye care professionals came to help patients here in Chichicastenango from the University of Incarnate Word (UIW), San Antonio, Texas.

They spent four days caring for more than 100 patients who needed different levels of eye care here and in the town of San Lucas.

By partnering with the ASELSI clinic, this team was able to bring immediate help for those who just needed a pair of basic glasses, and refer those who needed something more extensive to the follow-up care that is available through the ongoing eye program at ASELSI that provides eye care up to cataract surgeries right here in Chichicastenango.

The team of eye doctors and students is part of an ongoing relationship that ASELSI has with Dr. Russell Coates from UIW as well as doctors at the Columbia Eye Consultants Optometry based in Columbia, Missouri. Over the years, these doctors have cared for thousands of patients and trained our Guatemalan staff who take basic eye exams out into the villages where they help bring sight to the people.

Thank you CECO team for you heart and care for the people of Guatemala!

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A team of 13 from World Outreach Church joined ASELSI for a week of sharing the love of Christ.

Their visit included home visits where they sat down with local families and learned about life here in Chichicastenango and prayed with the families as they gave them a basket of food items to help with their daily needs.

The team also prayed for patients at the national hospital about 30 minutes down the road where patients receive care in a medical system that doesn’t always have the resources to give them what they need.

The team held a medical clinic at churches where ASELSI is partnering to reach the communities of Chuabaj and Chicua I through the establishment of a local outreach with the church there. This is part of the ongoing vision ASELSI has to equip churches to reach out in and beyond their own communities.

With the team working together with a Guatemalan crew they worked on a construction projects in the village and at ASELSI.

Thank you World Outreach Church team for your heart for the people of Guatemala!

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