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Hey Team Leaders, 

We appreciate you all and your willingness to partner with Manos de Jesus and be a part of serving the people of Chichicastenango! If you were able to join the call, thank you! We appreciated hearing your thoughts, questions, and prayers for the ministry.


Prayer Requests + Ongoing Communication

  • Wisdom and discernment as a ministry to follow where God is leading. As Manos de Jesus, we have a far reach, so wisdom for knowing where to step in and help.
  • The hearts and lives of our staff, feeding program families, English class families, and all of the families we serve.
  • Specifically the children as they are not able to attend school, and many families do not have the resources to study online or virtually.
  • Continued provision to step into serving and helping here in Chichi through the paying of our staff and the food giveaways.
  • The Koetsiers and the Walkers as they are both in a season of transition.
  • The MDJ community- we know this is affecting our entire community, including our teams and partners.

We are going to be sending out ways that you can be praying as a way for you all to continue serving and supporting the ministry and the people of Chichi! Please share these prayer requests with your teams. We look forward, hopeful, to see how God is going to move here so that people know the transforming love of Jesus!

For those not able to join, here is a recap of the meeting:

  • Guatemala COVID-19 Update- We are still very restricted with no work, no large group gatherings, limited transportation, and other factors that are contributing to many people being without work and income. The coming weeks may loosen up, but there is no guarantee in that.
  • Ryan and Hannahlee Walker have joined the Manos de Jesus team! Due to travel restrictions, they are not able to currently be in Guatemala. Their hope is to come as soon as travel opens up, but are able to be a part of the team from Atlanta, GA for now! Contact Hannahlee for any questions or thoughts regarding trip information at hannahlee@prayamerica.org.
  • The Koetsier family is still in transition and they are settling back into life in Michigan. Because of the quick transition home they made in April, there are many unfinished "see you laters" that need to happen here in Chichi and they plan to come down when they are able to. The influence they have had on this ministry and the community of Chichi will continue to be impactful.
  • Looking forward to future ministry here in Chichi: These are the current needs that we are anticipating due to the way COVID-19 has affected our area in Chichi. We want to be sensitive to the needs, and meet them in the best way possible.
    • Faith: We want to lead with this! We want to be hope in the midst of all that is going on. We want to point the families we serve to Jesus, our hope forever no matter the circumstance! 
    • Food: Due to the longevity of the lockdown here in Guatemala, the need for food could be a way to come alongside of the families in helping meet these needs.
    • Fertilizer: We want to help avoid a food shortage for next year by providing fertilizer for the crops this year. 
    • Finances: We want to help contribute to the local economy by having teams purchase all donated items here in Chichi that they would have brought from the States. If specific items are needed from the states, Hannahlee will reach out to your team to express those needs. Otherwise, please do not plan to bring donated items.In doing this, we will help local businesses recover from the weight of the pandemic. 
We know that going into ministry from this season will look different, but we also know that what remains the same is the faithful God we serve! We want to position ourselves to respond in the best way possible, and these are the ways you and your teams can participate. Please reach out if you have questions or want to discuss anything further! 

Muchas gracias, 
The MDJ Team
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