August 4 to 11, 2018 Grace Church will participate in a short-term missions trip with The Arms of Jesus Children’s Mission to Guatemala.
This year Grace Church Christmas Project will fund raise money toward house building ministry. Next year the “GC Mission Team” will build and deliver it to a new family in need.
Arms of Jesus (AOJ) is a Children’s Mission Organization that was founded by Dr. Samuel Martin in 1990, and all started as a dream that God planted in his heart after a mission trip in Jamaica. Today, the mission is currently reaching out and serving the people from Kenya, Republican Dominic, Haiti and Guatemala. The ministry in Guatemala started in 1991. And started with a Food distribution helping the families that lived in the Dump in Guatemala City. After this, the Sponsorship Program, Medical outreaches, and clothes distribution began. In 2001 the Educational program started in their own private AOJ Christian School located in Parramos, Chimaltenango. Which is located approx. 54 km from Guatemala City, the Capitol of Guatemala.
The Child Sponsorship program in Guatemala helps over than 800 children who receive free education, either through AOJ private school or through a local public school. These children also get access to medical care, clothing, food and other necessities. The AOJ Private Christian School has approximately 500 children which goes from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6.These children get access to a unique educational environment that is not available in most government public schools, such as: computer, science, music, drama and English classes. They also offer High School & Trade School (Jewelry, Dress making, Baking, Hair dresser, Carpentry) where they learn specific skills that helps them to start earning money to support their families.
Another ministry is the Medical Outreach (Medical & Dentistry) which is not only available to the children from the sponsorship, it is also open to their families and in some cases to certain villages as well. Through the community outreach, AOJ has been able to open doors to evangelism.
The estimated cost of the trip is $ 1500.00 (CAD)
$830.00 CAD Covers:
- Hotel Accommodations including breakfast
- 6 Lunches at AOJ School, PLUS a 7th lunch at the Kids Restaurant, which this is another ministry, where only those students with higher marks can be part of it, they will have the opportunity to practice their English and to socialize with you by serving you, but mainly is their way to thank you because you care for them
- 7 Dinners either at the Hotel or in a Restaurant
- Land Transportation in Guatemala (Pick up at Airport, to the Hotel, round commute from Hotel – AOJ School – to the villages – Hotel, and taken back to the Airport)
- AOJ Staff in Guatemala and Administration fee
The Airfare will depend on the airline we will choose and the time of booking. They can go from $ 500.00 CAD + airport fees and taxes to over a thousand.
And home construction:
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:21 (MSG)
In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets—some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing.
A mission trip will not only change your life, or the lives of the people you interact directly during the trip. This mission trip will impact directly the lives of the children, the teachers, the staff, and the lives of the people form the villages that we will reach out in Guatemala, but it will also change the lives of our Grace church family, and the lives of our own family & friends.