Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Partnership in Guatemala

Emily here!  I apologize, because I should have posted this a month ago and to be honest, I completely forgot.  However, better late than never, and the following is an account of our trip to Guatemala in November from Tedd.
Tedd writes:

Over the past 8 years, we've made half a dozen trips to Guatemala.  This last trip, though, was perhaps the most significant of them all.  I'm excited to announce that we formed a new strategic partnership with a local organization called LAMP.

LAMP is short for Lámpara a Mis Pies which means "Light to my feet" and shares the same vision and mission as LEI (Literacy & Evangelism International) -- to teach people to read so that they can read God's written revelation and have a better life.
Byron Feliciano at the Guatemala RLTI in 2009
LAMP was started by Wycliffe missionaries Karen and Andy Vaters.  As it grew, they trained nationals to lead and operate the organization.  We met the current national director of LAMP, Byron Feliciano Temaj, in 2009 when we hosted a literacy institute in Guatemala.  Since that time we've been in contact with each other, praying for and encouraging one another, and brainstorming how we might be able to work together in Guatemala.

Many times in ministry you see duplication rather than coordination of efforts to build God's we're hoping that this partnership will bring glory to God as we unite together under the same vision.  We're all looking forward to seeing what God will accomplish through our new friendship with LAMP.  Please pray He'll give us wisdom and vision.
Hanging out in the kitchen at Byron's family's home.
(Some of) Byron's family.
Byron with his wife and daughter

Tedd, Ian, and I were pushed that week in Guatemala as well, battling some nasty colds and spending far more hours than we would have liked on crowded buses.  But despite our discomforts, we had a great adventure staying with the Mam people and getting to look in on the literacy classes; and with that, we give you photos:
At the well
Practicing the typical Mam baby carrier.  Ian likes it!
Ian playing in the grass with a Mam baby, Abigail.
Mary, a LAMP worker, carries Ian around in typical Mam fashion.
The turkey wants to sit in on the literacy lesson?
Literacy class in Mam.
Mam child practicing her writing.
Literacy class in Mam.
Byron teaching a literacy class in Mam.
Neighbors want a photo with Ian.
Mam Literacy Class

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