Latest News Category: Lifesong Guatemala

August 18, 2015

Pass It On! {Guatemala Update}

Praising God for this update from our friends in Guatemala … 17- year-old Jessica, mother of 3-year-old Ruby, has grown leaps and bounds in her faith since coming to Village of Hope Guatemala. Jessica is heading up a stove building project in a nearby village providing stoves with quality ventilation for impoverished families. These stoves will give a greater quality of life to the families and cut back on the respiratory issues many families have with open fires in their home. Here is a kitchen that will receive a new stove in September–   It is exciting to see Jessica, who came to Village of Hope a year and a half ago, own her faith and choose to do something to help her country. Jessica knows from experience what it feels like to be a child and go to bed hungry each night–so she desires to help reach people both … Continue reading

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April 27, 2015

Lizzy: Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

Enjoy this update from Village of Hope missionary, Amy Block: “She was abandoned at 10 days old in a cold, stark hospital room. The social worker called around for hours looking for a children’s home who would take her in. Children with a diagnosis such as hers are hard to place. The responsibilities are huge, the cost is high. But we know a Savior who already covered the cost. Three days later, Lizzy had a shunt put into her head to alleviate the pressure.  “I will not leave you as orphans:  I will come to you.” John 14:18 Lizzy was diagnosed with Hydranencephaly. Hydranencephaly is a rare neurological condition in which most of the cerebral hemispheres are absent and replaced with fluid. The MRI showed she only had 10% of her brain. The doctors looked at us with no hope in their eyes, saying she would have no quality of … Continue reading

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January 19, 2015

Giving Jose David a hopeful future…

Enjoy this update from Village of Hope missionary, Amy Block:  What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s an age old question. One that all of my children have had the privilege of being asked numerous times in their lives. Their little eyes grow big and they being to dream. The possibilities are endless. “I want to be a teacher, a policeman, a ballerina, a chef, the president…the list goes on and on.  The world is their oyster. I have come to realize this is not the way it is for most children around the world…to have the luxury to DREAM is not normal in their world. Their worlds often consist of sheer survival. You do what you have to do today to get by. To put food on the table today. Survival.  That is often the only thing on their mind.  When Jose David first arrived at … Continue reading

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July 16, 2014

Giving Jessica HOPE {Village of Hope}

Last month was an exciting month at Village of Hope as 9 of the older children were baptized. One of those was a young girl named Jessica. Jessica is 16 years old and her daughter Rubi is 19 months. Jessica and Rubi were transferred to Village of Hope from a state run orphanage where Jessica was cut with a knife trying to protect Rubi from a gang of teenage girls. When Jessica came to us scared, tired and lost, with little hope for the future. As the months went by, Jessica began to settle into her new family and realized for the first time, her life did matter and God had a plan for her and Rubi, greater than anything she could ever imagine. Jessica began to grow in her faith in this new safe family environment and chose Jesus as her personal Savior. Jessica and Rubi are thriving. Jessica … Continue reading

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January 16, 2014

Where the Healing Begins {Lifesong Guatemala}

Please enjoy this update from Lifesong Guatemala: Village of Hope… She watches them out of the corner of her eye as she sits down in the gravel, the pain on her face is too obvious to mask. It’s family visit day and once again, she is alone. The dog walks by and she reaches out to him, desperately in need of something to hold. Desperate for something to take the pain away. Elizabeth tries not to look, tries not to remember. She closes her eyes as the tears stream down her face. I walk over to her and sit down beside her. We hug. I cry with her. There are sometimes when words just seem cheap. She is not alone no matter how strong the hold of the enemy has on her. she is NOT ALONE anymore. For six years this precious girl of 16 was locked in a room … Continue reading

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January 15, 2014

One Day. One Lunch. One Friend.

Wanted to share with you simple opportunity for you to make a BIG impact. All you have to do…not eat lunch for a day! Intrigued? Listen in as missionary kid, Addisyn Block, leads the 4th annual One Day-One Lunch campaign.  It’s that time of the year again. February 3rd will mark the 4th annual One Day-One Lunch! (Click here to read how it all got started.)  Our mission at Village of Hope is to provide faith, family, and a future to those in need. Many of the children at Village of Hope have never been to school before. Some because they could never afford it, others because they weren’t allowed in because of their disease. Some of our children are 16 and in second grade, others are teenage moms and had to drop out to take care of their babies. When I ask them what their plans are for their future they tell me they … Continue reading

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November 14, 2013

Matthew 25:40 CHALLENGE!

Matthew 25:40 CHALLENGE! If the Lord stood in front of you today-was sick and needed medication, was hungry and needed food, was thirsty and needed clean water, was cold and needed shelter, was lonely and needed to be loved- how would you respond? Matthew 25:40 says that whatever we do for the least of these we do for HIM. It’s so easy yet so hard for the human mind to comprehend. When you give to those who are sick, hungry, thirsty, cold and lonely, you are giving to Our Lord.  There is no difference. As Village of Hope continues to grow at a rapid rate so does our need for additional monthly support. In a very short period of time, 15 precious lives have been placed in our care, with many more to follow on any given day. Plain and simple-OUR NEED IS IMMEDIATE AND WE CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT … Continue reading

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