Esperanza Guatemala Ministry News

April 29, 2022
Emergency Fertilizer Assistance
On Saturday, April 23, Esperanza de Guatemala provided emergency fertilizer assistance to 80 farmers in Nimasac, Guatemala.

Recently, our Guatemala staff alerted us to the tremendous increase in the cost of fertilizer, an insurmountable amount for many of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters in Nimasac who rely on farming small plots of land for sustenance.
Esperanza felt very strongly about this food insecurity crisis, and agreed to provide a 100-pound bag of fertilizer to 80 farmer families.  This relief represents approximately a third of the fertilizer needed for a standard plot, and roughly equates to the value of the 75% cost increase. The families receiving assistance included Monte Sinai church members, scholarship families, agricultural program families, and those most needy.  The list was similar to those who received our four previous COVID food relief distributions.

We express great gratitude to our Guatemalan staff, Martin Maldonado, Estefani Jacobs, and Mario Mejia, and our Nimasac community volunteers Francisco Cux Tuy and Juan Sandoval.  Their enormous energy, compassion, resourcefulness and organizational talents are crucial to the success of everything we do.

As always, many thanks to our dedicated and faithful donors.  Whether it is food, fertilizer, computer labs, water meters or scholarship assistance, it is all a result of your great generosity!
Please watch this video documenting the day.  And, yes, those are 100-pound bags they are slinging around!

April 21, 2022
Wall of Mission is Now Up
It’s time to give to our Guatemala ministry. The Wall of Mission is ready for your contributions, with envelopes of various amounts just waiting to receive your gifts.
Here’s what your donation supports:
  • Our continuing and growing relationship with the indigenous people of Nimasac in the Guatemala highlands, one of the world’s most poverty-filled areas. Your gifts will support being there, and God willing, perhaps being able to bring two people from Nimasac to Cary. Your gifts will help with trip scholarships (travel costs have skyrocketed recently), translators, and trip management.
  • With Esperanza de Guatemala, our partner, further development of technology in the Nimasac area. Our current computer lab situation has changed, and the pandemic has uncovered other, expanded needs.
  • Stipends for the hard-working Guatemala staff.
  • Projects that Esperanza is managing, from scholarships to food relief.
How to help:
At church: Take an envelope from the board. These range from $5 to $1000 though most are less than $75. Put a check or cash into the envelope. Re-post the envelope with the “Thank You” side out. Checks payable to Cary Presbyterian Church, “Guatemala” on the memo line. For cash receipts, please write your name and address on a note and put this inside the envelope and it will be noted. To use a credit card, please make your donation online at the Cary Presbyterian website. (see below).

Online: Chose any amount between $5 and $1000. Our envelopes, for example, may be for $23 or $64. Please make your donation through the Cary Presbyterian website, under Generosity, Give Now, Guatemala Wall of Mission.

Thank you so much for being part of this ministry. The people in the Monte Sinai church say Muchas Gracias.