Grace Christian Students Make a Difference in Guatemala
From March 8 through March 15, a group of 24 people representing Grace Christian School went to Dories’ Promise Orphanage located in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The group consisted of eight adults and 16 high school seniors. The children of Dorie’s Promise were excited to see so many visitors. Each child had a ‘buddy’ that was ‘theirs.’ The GCS team was able to spend many hours playing and showing God’s love and affection to the orphans. While there, the group did a variety of community service projects. They served lunch to the children of scavengers, individuals who must pick through the trash at the dump to survive; visited special needs children and teen mothers; and built a community center in one ghetto, and a sidewalk entrance to another ghetto. In addition, they distributed clothing, school supplies, food and more.
Jennifer Morse, the school’s mission trip coordinator, stated, “This type of trip is something that every man, woman and child in the U.S. should participate in. In this country, the focus is typically on material possessions. We allow things to determine our level of happiness. However, in Guatemala, where they lack even the basic necessities of life, they are filled with joy and happiness because the focus is on relationships.”
Student volunteer, Ben Yang, said that the people who received the gifts did not seek the gift, but the love with which it was given. That love was what made the Guatemalan people happy.
Another student volunteer, Holly Kanonik shared this: “Throughout the whole week I was vulnerable, stretched to my limits and thrown outside my comfort zone. But it was because of this that I experienced immeasurable joy that only comes from God. Summarizing the general consensus of the team was Hannah Cecilia Darling, who stated, “The communities and people we visited in Guatemala are poor in material things but rich in love and faith.” For more information, call Grace Christian School at 802-447-2233.