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Our Mission Team is in Guatemala with Project Salud y Paz

What is Project Salud y Paz?

“Salud y Paz” translates as “Health and Peace.” Project Salud y Paz partners with congregations in the U.S. and also with the indigenous Methodist church of Guatemala. Through the project volunteers provide medical and dental services to impoverished people in Guatemala, as well as preschool and feeding programs for families in need. As a part of the UMC, the project is a designated Advance Special of the General Board of Global Ministries.

What will the Team from First Church be doing while they are there?

The team will work on renovation and improvement of a primary school in Xepocol, El Quiché, Guatemala. Besides doing construction labor under the supervision of a Guatemalan foreman, they will also have the chance to plan and facilitate games and activities for the students on a daily basis.

How will the supplies that First Church members donated be used?

The school supplies donated will go to the preschool and kindergarten students at Susanna Wesley School on the grounds of the main Salud y Paz clinic in Camanchaj, Guatemala. At the school, students who arrive speaking only Quiché Maya learn Spanish to prepare to enter primary school, and also practice healthy skills like hand-washing and tooth brushing.

How can we be praying for the team while they are in Guatemala?

The team requests your prayers that their interactions with individuals from the local community would be rich and meaningful, and for the strength and persistence to complete their work.