Life of Hope Ministries currently has five field partners. Each of the partners is involved in various ministry activities that assist in our organization in meeting our mission statement.
Saul & Layla Perez
Cristo es el Camino and Corazon de Amor Medical Clinic
The church and the clinic are located near the gates of the city dump and reach out to that community as their mission field. They focus on feeding, a school to give education opportunities, homeless ministry, church plants to expand their work, and an AWANA program for children to learn about Jesus. The medical clinic and its team give medical care to more than 10,000 people in a year.
Julio & Adonia Chavarria
Life & Hope Association – Santa Faz
This ministry is a community center established to bring inspiration and hope to children and families in the neighborhood. The weekly programs provide 85 children with tutoring, a feeding program, an ongoing medical clinic, family counseling as well as church services on Sunday. The efforts in Santa Faz also support construction projects to rehabilitate houses, install efficient stoves and bunk beds in homes.
Tita operates five Christian based schools in the ghetto of La Limonada. Over 500 children attend the schools which include teaching, counseling support, feeding and an ongoing medical clinic. This ghetto is a “red zone” and off-limits to most Guatemalans. Through her continued efforts and compassion, Tita has earned the trust of the gangs that control the neighborhoods.
Tiempo de Rescate (Time of Rescue)
This ministry works on the dangerous streets in Guatemala. Cesar is a trained EMT and has been in leadership of street rescue programs for many years. Their programs help individuals through emergency health care, a chance to receive basic education, introduction to vocational skills and personal guidance are the primary activities. Also, they serve the juvenile courts system of Guatemala City. Cesar has the experience to research reported abuse and neglect cases and recommend action that can rescue these children.
Erwin “Shorty” Luna
Tesoros de Gracia (Treasures of Grace)
Shorty’s work is focused in the ghetto of La Limonada. With the community filled with the influence of gangs and corruption, there are not many established churches to help disciple those who choose to follow Christ. He diligently works to establish house church plants to bring evangelism to the community. He has also organized a rescue house with a youth focus and outreach.
Alfredo & Irene Salazar
This ministry was born in September, 2005 out of the incredible love that Alfredo and Irene had for their son, Alfredito, who was born with Down Syndrome. They are a non-profit institution that are dedicated to providing early stimulation services, education and training for children, adolescents and the elderly with Down Syndrome, with the aim of providing them with tools that will help improve their quality of life. Alfredo and Irene both pastor a local church in Guatemala and use their love and passion for Jesus to share the gospel in every avenue of their lives.
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