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When Maria gave birth to her son, at the home of her local midwife, one look told her that something wasn’t right.

Her little baby boy had a gap in his face just below his nose – an orofacial cleft commonly known as a cleft lip and palate.

Whether it was because of the shock, fear, or she just didn’t know what to do, Maria left her baby and never came back.

Thankfully, the rest of this little boy’s family didn’t give up on him. His father, Carlos, took the little baby home and two aunts joined in to help save him. They named him Marvin—a name his father says makes him think of greatness, like the sea.

After 11 days of trying to take care of Marvin on their own, a friend saw that Carlos was troubled and asked him what was going on. Carlos shared about his son. The friend told Carlos there was a place that can help babies like Marvin in Chichicastenango.


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Today we met with Jane and Joe, who started “Evelyn’s Baskets of Love “ after their granddaughter was born with a cleft lip and palate. They presented ASELSI with 10 baskets that include the special bottles these babies need to survive until they are old enough for surgical repairs.  ASELSI’s Milk Program currently has 8 babies who will benefit from these baskets.  Thank you Jane and Joe!

Donations to help with the Milk Program can be made here.

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Some fourth and fifth graders from Pittsburgh, PA, decided to put what they learned about Central America to good use and help ASELSI make a difference.

Ms. Fuller's class at Pittsburgh Urban Christian School (PUCS) were studying about Central and South America, but they didn't stop with studying. They held a bake sale in a park, invited neighbors to help, and organized a coin drive to help support ASELSI. In all, this industrious class raised $774!

Thanks Ms. Fuller and all you fourth and fifth graders! Your support for the clinic, moms, babies, children with disabilities, and the new generation of leaders is inspiring. Your notes of encouragement for our staff are very sweet too! 

The children studying at PUCS are following in the footsteps of ASELSI Missionary Jessica Gormley de Perez who was a student there through fifth grade and also a teacher at PUCS for three years before she moved to Guatemala!

Do you want to do something too? Check out these ideas for how you can get involved and help ASELSI continue reaching out to the poor and training leaders in Guatemala and beyond.

Want to add to what Ms. Fuller's class raised? You may DONATE HERE.

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Soccer fields are where teams play and train to compete, but in one town in Guatemala, a different type of training is happening at the soccer field.

In Chicaman, a town about three hours from Chichicastenango, a group of pastors and leaders came to a local soccer field for their own training--Bible training.

Taught by ASELSI staff and trained teachers, these 35 leaders are from 23 different congregations around Chicaman and were brought together by a local ministry to study ASELSI's two-year Bible course.

One of ASELSI's core ministries is to equip and train church leaders and pastors so that they can understand the Bible and share it, demonstrate it, and apply it in their lives, communities, and churches.

This new Bible Extension class began in February and will continue training these hungry leaders each month. Thanks to a local ministry in Chicaman that has a vision for developing pastors, ASELSI is part of bringing these leaders together to train in God's Word.

This new extension is one of many extensions held across Guatemala as well as international extensions in Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Myanmar, and the United States. Read more about ASELSI's Bible training here.

We need funds for our Bible training programs! Please consider helping with a gift here.

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In January ASELSI signed an agreement between ASELSI in Guatemala and Cross Bible Seminary in Myanmar (pictured above). ASELSI provides curriculum for their students as they work to “Equip the Saints” in their nation! This is one more giant step to mobilizing the Mayan church for Missions and a historic step for ASELSI now in Asia!

Pray for the students in Yangon, Myanmar, as they study and take what they learn to their churches and communities!

Chulumal I, Chichicastenango, Quiché

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