It is a blessing to be able to write to you once again with news about how God has been faithful and has continued to bless us.
During the first half of November, we had our summer school, a time in which the children were able to go over some of their classes, like math, spelling and English. We also had a chance to share with the students that will be joining us next year. We know that it’s God who brings them to us and we are privileged to be able to work with them.
We had the chance to share a Thanksgiving dinner with the children. Even though this is not a tradition in Guatemala, we also believe that it is important to have a special day out of our year to thank God for the many blessings he has granted us. We all enjoyed this day (both young and old) as well as the presence of the Julianelle and Beulkman families who shared this meal with us and brought crafts and fun games for the children.
One thing we are very thankful for is finally having the legal documents that allow us to expand our ministry here at Kairos. We are now authorized to teach pre-school and middle school, something we have had in our prayers for two years now.
It’s our belief that education from a young age is crucial. A dictator once said “If I can indoctrinate a child before his sixth birthday, he’ll be mine for life.” This is a strong provocative statement that also holds some validity. Here in Guatemala, education is not compulsory until the age of seven. When children enter the first grade, their motor skills are hindered, and they must learn the basics: colors, letters, numbers; an act that delays their progression. If a child goes to pre-school, he learns these things at an earlier age, arriving at first grade with reading skills, increased motor skills, and therefore better foundation for academic achievement.
These last two weeks have been a time for training, planning and praying toward 2012. We are praying for the new students, the students that will continue, and for our staff and the new additions to it. We have been praying for our vision here at Kairos, and for God to bless this organization in ways that are beyond measure. We are aware that we have a long road ahead of us, and that this is only the beginning.
On the 25th of November we had a chance to throw the first ever Kairos Guatemala Association benefit dinner. It was a new experience for our staff, something different here in Guatemala where the custom is to receive rather than give. We are working hard to change that mindset and to be able to teach Guatemalans that giving is far better than receiving.
We would like to thank the people that were a part of this event, our visitors from the US who joined us, as well as Yoli Hernández, who was of great blessing and crucial to the organization of the event.
We believe that there is a time for everything, which is why now, is the time to take a break, a time to be with family, share with friends and recharge our batteries for next year. We hope to continue working to impact lives in a positive way in Guatemala, and we pray that you continue to be a part of this change. The dream with your prayers, contributions and help has helped immensely. May God continue to bless you and have a wonderful end of the year!
Asociacion Kairos Guatemala.
2012 Wish List
¡The hands of those who give will never be empty!
6 Desktop computers
15 Desks for our new preschool class
1 Digital Projector
Textbooks and work books, En Vision
- Math and Science 1th. 2nd. y 3th.
- Spanish Grammar 1th. To 8th.
- Math, Science and History (Latin America) 7th. And 8th.
- English and Bible pre-school a 8th.
School Material/School Supplies
Clothing and shoes (for kids between 5 and 18 years of age)
Board Games (for 4th. To 8th. Grade)
Volunteers… (English teachers, Special Education teachers, etc.)