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Native Missionaries Help Save Children at Risk in Guatemala

September 9, 2011

Humberto and Noemi Chavez of Living Stones Ministry are very thankful to God for what friends in America are doing to help them save children at risk here. The Chavez's recently opened a new children's program for 130 needy children in Guajitos with financial assistance from Christian Aid Mission in Charlottesville, Virginia. Almost half the population is under 15 years of age, and millions of children are living in poverty. Many are being exploited and abused.

"We thank God for what Christian Aid is doing for our Living Stones outreach," they exclaim, "Your help has been like an angel of mercy for the children and our ministry."

Child trafficking has reached epidemic stages in Guatemala. Over 15,000 children live on the streets of the capital city and many are abused and enslaved by illegal sweat shops, drug gangs and the sex industry. Christian Aid has set up a fund to help the Living Stones Ministry child evangelism outreaches. Contributions may be phoned in using a credit card at 800-977-5650 (Gift Code 176LSM) or online on this site.

Pastor Humberto and his wife operate a facility that has space for nearly 200 children and it is always full to overflowing. They request that whenever possible, the parents of the children being helped also receive spiritual and emotional help. For example, on Sunday they gather about 210 children and parents from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for a special family worship service and counseling.

The Living Stones Ministry staff gathers on Wednesdays and Fridays to pray for the children, and free classes for the children are held on Thursdays and Saturdays from 2:00 to 5:30 pm. Dinner or lunch is provided at no charge since malnutrition is chronic in the community.

Seven children have already accepted Christ as personal Savior, and the indigenous missionary staff is working to disciple them and raise up young leaders who will be able to disciple younger children.

"This year we are praying that the Lord provide for the children's school supplies, shoes and food," says Humberto. "Our children are growing in very turbulent times. Nowadays children are growing in a world saturated by violence, crime, hunger, drugs, prostitution, unemployment and abandonment."

There are many documented cases of death squads murdering abandoned children because they are nuisances. Guatemala is considered the most dangerous country for children in Central America by international organizations that focus on child trafficking.

"Our vision is that every child personally gets to know Jesus, that every child can learn to value the precious legacy that He gave to them, and that every child grows in loving Him," adds Humberto. "We ask you to continue praying for our ministry and help us find more American supporters who will work together with us to save the children for His glory!"

For specific projects and additional information about native missionaries in Guatemala, leaders of church groups or individuals can contact latinfo@christianaid.org with questions or comments. Emergency relief projects are available for individuals, church groups and congregations to adopt - especially as Christmas outreaches grow closer.


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