The rural areas of Quiche, Guatemala are filled with talented, creative, capable hard-working people who are do their best to care for their families and communities. They are not asking for charity. They are looking for the opportunity to address their personal and community needs in the face of limited educational and economic opportunities. Schools at best provide education up to the sixth grade with an inconsistent school calendar. The agrarian economy is largely dependent on coffee which is controlled by profit margins of entities far away. The opportunity for medical care is inconsistent and the majority are hours away from a diagnosis and medicine. And most importantly the spiritual communities are often led by well meaning but poorly trained leaders.
H.O.P.E. Bible Mission is responding to these needs based on two foundational principles. First that the basis for all solutions is Spiritual and we begin with the local church. We believe that the transformation that occurs when accepting Christ as Savior is what motivates leaders to care for others. The Spiritual solution through Christ gives hope to keep working in the face of adversity providing an eternal perspective. Discipled churches share this hope with others. Spiritually transformed church communities care for the needs of their communities as an expression of the love of Christ.
The second foundational principle is that all solutions occur with partnership. The need is for partnership not paternalism. True change will only occur through programs and projects where resources from all those involved are pooled to achieve solutions. We believe that our brothers and sisters of the rural communities are vital partners as together we each provide our strengths and experience.
In many of these communities we have established a partnership through Biblical training. In partnership with these local leaders we have been able provide middle school education, medical clinics and church edification. Now God has given us the opportunity to take a significant step forward in this partnership with the establishment of the Viala Community Clinic and Training Center which is named after the neighborhood where we are building.
Our objective with the Viala project is to establish a small hospital and training center that will serve the communities within two hours of Chel. Viala will provide consistent desperately needed medical care. The facility will be the central point for the Biblical, Medical and School Education programs. Viala will be the center for building solutions with these communities.
The men in this picture are key leaders in the community of Chel. We are working in partnership with them working together to build the Viala Clinic and Training Center. These are leaders who have been taught in our Bible programs. Their churches have been trained in children’s ministry. Their sick have been helped through medical teaching and care. Their young people are able to attend school. We are their partners in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Please keep this project in prayer as God provides wisdom and finances needed to achieve this dream.