2023 Guatemala Trip
Great news…we’re finally going back to Guatemala in person in January 2023. For the first time since 2020, a group of men will travel to work directly with Bethel Ministries International. This is one of my favorite times of the year as we begin planning all the projects and ways we’ll bless the people in Guatemala. I need your help.
Rising inflation has made life even more challenging in Guatemala. At a time when we all feel like we need to withdraw and spend less, I’m asking everyone to lead with generosity. Every dollar you donate will make a difference.
While travel restrictions and immunization requirements have been lifted, many volunteer teams have not begun traveling to Guatemala again. Bethel relies on teams to raise money and sponsor projects. With fewer teams visiting, fundraising has been critical for Bethel. They need our help more than ever.
God will provide for their needs through individuals, families, churches and organizations believing in what Bethel is accomplishing. God opens people’s hearts, and they feel led to give in whatever way they can. It would be easy to push this need aside and 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. Now is the time!
Here are the projects you can sponsor:
1. Wheelchair distribution - $8,500 (50 chairs @ $170)
2. House - $3,720
3. Bunk bed - $300
4. Stove installs - $1,320 (6 @ $220)
5. Bathroom install - $720
6. Kitchen - $550
7. Food Distributions - $750 (15 families @ $50)
8. Bibles - $315 (90 @ $3.50)
9. Blankets - $675 (45 @ $15)
10. Wash Station - $85
11. Tabletop stove and gas tank - $200
12. Elderly support – $1,620 (12 months @ $135) – Food, eggs, propane for Lucy
In total, we need to raise $18,755 for our projects.
The wheelchair sponsorships are critical. Not only does a disabled person receive a wheelchair, but that sponsorship also offsets the cost of the staff in the wheelchair shop, providing much-needed employment and benefits. Many of the Bethel employees are disabled themselves.
We continue to support our dear, elderly 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. Lucy loves to sing and share hope with anyone she meets. Bethel visits her monthly to give aid and check on her. I can’t wait to see her again and hear her sing songs to the Lord.
As I mentioned, this is the first year since 2020 that we will be going in-person. As a reminder, each man is responsible for paying his own airfare, hotel and food. All donations made on behalf our team go DIRECTLY to the projects. No donations are used for personal expenses.
Please consider supporting these projects. I can’t do this alone. I need your help to make these projects a reality. Christmas and the surrounding holidays are times when 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.) You can give online at our GoFundMe campaign - They do charge a 2.9% processing fee. All donations made by check to BMI or at GoFundMe are 501c3 tax-deductible. I will personally make up the difference of fees not covered, so that 100% of your donation goes to projects.
2.) Write a check - Mail to my house and I will send to Bethel. Make your check payable to Bethel Ministries International (or BMI). Email or text for my address.
Ultimately, all the support we give to Bethel will be used to bring glory to God and make an eternal and physical impact in the people’s lives. I pray you will consider giving this year. Please tell others. People really do want to help they just don’t know how or where to start. You can help spread the word.
Dios te Bendiga,