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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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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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If you want to help ASELSI continue caring for children with disabilities, consider donating here today!

Chulumal I, Chichicastenango, Quiché

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