Luis Carlos serving with Nueva Generacion...
Nueva Generacion is a Mission Impact program founded by Luis Carlos Castillo that is seeking to connect youth from the ages of 12 to 25 with God using the education system. Nueva Generacion partners with the local school systems to provide character development and values programs for the students using Christian teaching and the Bible. The program serves as a great outreach to share Jesus Christ and provide true meaningful life training for students in private and public schools in Guatemala.
We started with about 700 students per week but today Nueva Generacion ministers to about 2,800 students per week throughout Guatemala. This number is increasing because more and more schools have asked for the Nueva Generacion program in their own schools (a testimony to how powerfully God has worked through this program!)
One of our Nueva Generacion classes...
Nueva Generacion has also expanded beyond the borders of Guatemala with teams serving in Africa and the Philippines. It even has a radio program in China. Here in Guatemala, we are focusing on discipleship because we know that the fruit of our labor is going to be best developed in small groups. Through the Nueva Generacion small groups we seek to assist our churches and communities in discipling young believers in order to strengthen the local body and maximize our outreach to the lost. We need mature believers to teach other people how to relate with the Great God we have. Our discipleship program helps to do just that.
Nueva Generacion is helping to build the body of Christ through relationships with God and with our brothers and sisters by making faith practical and helping young people live out their faith.
"I did not know how to be a Father until I became one," Luis Carlos explains, "it is difficult because I didn't grow up with a father, but I am learning from others how to be a good one. The same thing happens in knowing God in a personal relationship-someone needs to help teach us."
It is a difficult task but an essential one that will dramatically impact the next generation in how they relate to Jesus and share the power of His love with others.
In the future we want to send our leaders to start the program in other communities or in other countries as the Lord leads. We understand that the need for discipleship is not only in Guatemala but worldwide. Teenagers everywhere have the same kinds of problems. The most crucial universal problem found in teenagers around the world is that they do not know Jesus as a personal Savior or are unsure how to grow in their faith.
We also have the desire to establish a youth center here in Guatemala that can be used for a number of purposes: youth events, small groups, discipleship training, professional counseling and all purpose events, so we can increase our work in our community.
Recently we were able to host a retreat for 18 students. It was a great time and it focused on renewal and was a tremendous blessing to the leaders as well. The students are not ready to be involved in some of the programs that we have. It is through discipleship that our ministry will grow. 2 Timothy 2:2 states "And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."
That is the heart of Nueva Generacion.
Please pray for Luis Carlos and the Nueva Generacion staff that they would continue to be faithful to the calling that Jesus has given them and that He would bless their efforts. Please continue to pray for financial provision for the program to continue and favor with the local school systems that will open additional doors to share Christ with Guatemala's next generation. Finally, please pray for the young people that we minister to. Pray that they would grow in their walk with the Lord and serve as a light to their peers as well.
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Our mechanical soy "cow"...
Nutrition has come to Proximos Pasos via a mechanical cow!
For those of you who haven't yet heard, the mechanical cow produces sow milk and allows for our girls to have much needed protein as a part of their regular diet. It also allows for the girls and their families to be able to make baked goods that will provide better nutrition. This has been a tremendous blessing for our school and our village! For each 4.4 pound batch of soybeans processed, the Soy Cow can produce about 4 1/2 gallons of soy milk. Most of the milk is used at Proximos Pasos for the girls but some of it is sent over to our sister school Escuela Vida y Esperanza for the students to purchase as a healthy snack. The Rotary Clubs that donated this soy mechanical cow to Proximos Pasos stay actively involved with the school and the nutritional goals and benefits for the girls.
And if all that wasn't exciting enough for you there are the pancakes!
Thanks to the mechanical cow at Proximos Pasos, we have been able to start holding regular pancake breakfast events with our girls. The girls come to school an hour early and bring a single egg and a plantain. We cook up their items along with freshly made soy flour pancakes for the girls to enjoy. It's a great time of fellowship and starts their school day off with a hearty and healthy nutritious breakfast that will help them to stay focused during their day of schooling!
This Thursday the Proximos Pasos school will be visited by the mayor of Sumpango and several members of the Guatemala Rotary Club to see firsthand the mechanical cow soy milk production. Pray that God would continue to bless this very important project and use it to bless our community.
VIDA Y ESPERANZA
|The metal shop at Escuela Vida y Esperanza...|
On Thursday and Friday a group of 10 basico students at our Vida y Esperanza school in the village of Santa Lucia will work on making the window security bars for the music room at the school. They will be using the new metal shop and learning practical welding skills that will not only benefit our school but also open doors of opportunity for them to earn a living.
The building progress at the school continues to be such a powerful display of God's provision far beyond anything that we could have hoped! Short-term mission teams have been a big help in both raising funds for this process and in completing the necessary labor. Recently, a team from Seacoast Church in South Carolina came and helped prepare the second story roof of the school addition for the pouring of the concrete. This is an important step in the building process, but also a costly one. Please pray for our school as we need to raise another $5,000 to finish the project. Pray that God will burden the hearts of people with the financial means to provide for this very real need.
Please pray for staff member Margarito Vasquez as he will be working with Oral Roberts University students in Santa Maria de Jesus making and installing fuel efficient stoves for members of the community! Margarito works long hard hours in his village to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through word and deed with the people of his community. This is a very valuable and life-changing ministry in Santa Maria and we are so thankful that God has brought Margarito into this position for such a time as this!
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