When things started getting crazy in America, one of the first things people did was run to the grocery store and stock up on the essentials. People worked from home if they could. Many lost their jobs. The ripple effects are still being felt in communities. Life has been hard.
Before COVID-19, life was already hard for people in Guatemala. Poverty was a daily reality. No jobs, no food, no hope. Since COVID, life has gotten so much worse. Charity organizations were prevented from visiting people. People were literally kept in their homes with no opportunity to get food or help.
Because air travel was restricted, volunteer teams from America couldn’t go down to help. Bethel relies on teams to raise money and sponsor projects. With no teams visiting and the government restricting Bethel from going to visit people, Bethel had to cut the salary of their workers and lay most of them off. While the airport is now open, most teams from America will not be travelling down to work with Bethel in 2021 out of caution.
Bethel’s in a critical situation. I know there is financial hardship in many of your own lives. It’s hard to give when the future is unclear. But I need your help more than ever. Sometimes we have to give, even when it doesn’t make sense. No matter how much you give, it’ll be a blessing to the disabled in Guatemala.
Bethel trusts that God will provide for their needs. Yes, God will meet their needs. But, how does He do that? He does it through individuals, families and churches believing in what they do, and giving to support those causes. God opens people’s hearts, and then they feel led to give in whatever way they can. It would be very easy to push this need aside. Write it off as “not the right time in your life”. I can’t stress enough how urgent the need is in the lives of the impoverished and disabled…and for Bethel Ministries International. They desperately need your help. They need your support. Now is the time!
So, here are the ways you can give:
1. Wheelchair distribution - $8,500 (50 chairs @ $170)
2. House - $3,720
3. Bunk beds - $3,000 (construct 10 @ $300)
4. Stove installs - $2,200 (10 @ $220)
5. Solar panel installs - $500 (5 @ $100)
6. Kitchen construction - $550
7. Wheelchair ramps installed - $500 (2 @ $250)
8. Tabletop stove and gas tank - $200
9. Elderly support – $1,620 (12 months @ $135 – Food, eggs, propane)
The wheelchair sponsorships are so critical. Not only does a disabled person receive a wheelchair, but also offsets the cost of the staff in the wheelchair shop, providing much needed employment and benefits. Many of these Bethel employees are disabled themselves.
The elderly support is for our dear friend Lucy. We have visited her several times and she is in a very fragile medical condition and needs life-sustaining food, and propane to cook. She is such a joyous person. She loves to sing and share hope with anyone she meets. Bethel visits her monthly to give aid and check on her.
This is the first year I’m raising funds for projects but will not be able to go down in person to do the work. Due to the uncertainty of travel restrictions and not wanting to risk taking COVID to the disabled in Guatemala, I’m coordinating with Bethel to use these funds for the specific projects I am raising donations for. I truly want to go, but the cautious thing is to allow Bethel, who is already on the ground there, to use the funds. I have the highest trust that Bethel will use the funds as we desire. I’ve been working alongside Bethel since 2009. They are my friends. They are family. They have committed to take photos of the people and projects and give us detailed feedback on where all the money is spent. These are unusual and uncertain times in air travel. All monies I would have personally spent on airline tickets, in-country expenses such as hotels and food, I am sending those monies as donations to be used. I have every intention of travelling down to Guatemala in the future. It breaks my heart not to personally go. I think this year has shown us how quickly things can change.
Please consider supporting these projects. I can’t do this alone. I need your help to make these projects a reality. Thanksgiving and Christmas are times where people are the most generous. Please share this need with your friends and family. I truly need your help.
There are two ways to give. 1.) Write a check and mail to my house and I will send to Bethel. Make your check payable to Bethel Ministries International (or BMI). 2.) You can give online at our GoFundMe campaign. They do charge a 2.9% processing fee (You can opt out of their “tip” option to keep your fees the lowest). All donations made by check to BMI or at GoFundMe are 501c3 tax-deductible.
Please email me at if you would like to mail a check or have any questions.
Dios te Bendiga,
- Tim Moore
- Zachary Kaufmann
- Patrick Pauley
- Chuck Fortener
- Dennis Madden
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