Our family will be participating on a mission trip to Guatemala this summer.

We will need to raise a total of $8,000 for the trip.

It would seem impossible if we did not have God on our side...

We will be doing quite a bit of work on our 8 day stay. Our family will participate in a drama five times a day for three days throughout the country of Guatemala as well as many other wonderful things for our 8 days in Guatemala.

We will be going with the ACMA Christian Martial Arts Team... we are so excited to go, and know that God will bless all involved! If you go to the ACMA link, you can see pictures from their 2008 Guatemala mission trip!

If you would like to donate towards the mission trip, please click the donate button to the right of the page.

As many of you know, in 2008 we had a great book fair. Well, my
husband and I have decided to do it again!

Shipping is free to you!

Please CLICK HERE purchase books, be sure to go to our Wish List. :)

You MUST click the link that says MAYAN FAMILIES - this is SO important.

Then, please make sure the books you order are in Spanish. :)

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to have books sent to
Guatemala for FREE. All you have to do is pay for the books, I will
pay for the shipping.

Also, if we sell over $500 in books, we will get another 50% worth of
books for FREE! So, we really want to sell at least $500 worth of books.

I do not make a profit at all from this book fair. I do not earn free
books for myself. Any books we receive for free, will go directly to
Mayan Families to benefit the kids there.

Please pass this information to everyone you know!!

Again, CLICK HERE to go to the book fair, once you are there be sure to click on MAYAN FAMILIES.

Good News For Rafael!

Great news for Rafael, a family has sponsored him and I'm so happy! I let Sharon from Mayan Families know that I would sponsor him again if no one else did... money has been a little tight - especially with my husband getting ready to medically retire in the near future. I am so happy someone has sponsored him. We will continue to pray for him, and to send him gifts sometimes.

I wanted to share this wish list with you all. :) If you'd like to participate in collecting and sending items, please let me know via email. This post is for Sharon from Mayan Families. I wrote her to ask her what items they need most. The shipment will take place around the end of February, 2000.

Hi Patti, thank you for asking.....of course....there are few things that we can always do with.
We are hoping to get the pre-school children sponsored in Tierra Linda to be able to open the pre-school.......it is something that we are just starting to work on now but we hope that it will come to fruition.

There is a young woman teacher there who has not been able to get a job and it would be perfect for her and for the community.....so we need the same kind of things that we had for San Jorge for Tierra Linda, ...we need educational toys, crayons, coloring books, art materials, a C.D. player, a DVD player, we still need a good second hand t..v for San Jorge preschool so that we can show the kids DVD's occassionally , also one for Tierra Linda, teaching supplies, craft supplies.

We would like to have computers for both schools if anyone has ones that are usable, also laptops.

We need durable plastic dishes, plates and cups for both pre-schools, ( ie: Corelle non breakable dishes from garage sales would be great - doesn't matter colors or patterns) any fun wall hangings, we need pots and pans for both centers, spoons, forks etc.

We would love to have any rugs that the children could play on.
Books in Spanish, music CD's , spanish and english.

Apart from that we need school supplies, backpacks, blankets, sheets, towels, cardigans,
socks, underwear ( clean second hand is fine) training bras for the young girls, bras for older women, once again, all these items second hand are just fine.

We need blenders that we could use for the centers and to be able to have women start a little business. We could definitely do with a Champion Juice extractor because we would like to start making peanut butter that we can have for the children to eat at the pre-schools and also to sell, maybe something that high school students could do.

Any educational computer games would be great.....we are so lucky that we have a computer whizz coming to volunteer for a few months and he is bringing a few computers from Canada....we are setting up a computer lab ( above the office in what is now our storage area) and David will be working there teaching some of the students from San Jorge, Panajachel and Tierra Linda how to use computers etc. ...we will also have Marco there translating for him into Kakchiquel. This is going to be wonderful for the students from Tierra Linda who have no access whatsoever to computers.

Thank you so much for all the generosity from this group , we now have enough computers in the office!!! YAY!!!! No more computer sharing....it is so wonderful!!! Thank you mil veces.
For the animal program we need small to med. dog collars, leashes, flea powder.
For the sewing program, we need fabric materials, scissors, thread and of course, sewing machines!!

We can always use medical supplies such as over the counter meds, we need blue sheets for bedridden patients or plastic sheeting,

Disposable diapers for adults and babies.

Cloth diapers

Shoes, shoes and more shoes, we especially need sizes for older children but there is never a pair of shoes that goes to waste so whatever you have we will be able to use.

Jeans for boys...especially boys in 8-15yr old age group but once again, any size will be put to good use.

We need calculators, glue , colored markers, play dough, just about anything that you can think of ...we can use it.

Warm sweaters, rain jackets, rain boots, baby blankets, fold up umbrellas, flashlights, all these things will go to great use.

Many, many thanks to those of you who are thinking of sending donations!

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