For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
En efecto, nosotros somos colaboradores al servicio de Dios;
y ustedes son el campo de cultivo de Dios, son el edificio de Dios.
1 Corinthians 3:9
We truly desire to be co-laborers and co-workers in God’s service, not working independently in Guatemala; but truly collaborating in unity for his mission to those affected by disability in Santa Maria de Jesus. YOU make that work possible!!
MaryAnn has been volunteering with GOT since February to assist with supervision of our OT students, and help us develop sustainable therapeutic solutions for our ministry and families.
Maricruz is a Guatemalan Speech Therapist who has worked one day a week alongside GOT since July. She will join us for morning therapy every day next year so we can provide more sustainable services to our families. We hope she is the first of many Guatemalan therapy providers!
Through collaboration with 4 new ministries serving the community, our kiddos (Eymi, Rosario, Estefani, Gladys, Vivian and Santiago) and their families, have received medical care, and some have received new homes and nutritional resources. This makes a huge difference
in the capacity for change and impact for families effected by disability.
Making an Impact Throughout 9 months of Therapy
In occupational therapy, we create goals with the families and teachers to guide our work with each individual child. These goals are directed towards participation and engagement in life, community, family, and school.
45% of the goals created were achieved
46 children and families were served
12% of the goals addressed PLAY
34% of our goals addressed ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING
(dressing, bathing, toileting, eating, and/or mobility)
28% addressed EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS
“Chulo”- Gerson Alexander’s Story
When Chulo’s mama, Haley, showed up at our door, she struggled with hopelessness and fear. Her 4-month-old baby did not have a name, so we called him Chulo, “Cutie” in Guatemalan Spanish. During that time in therapy, we focused on basic development, attachment between mama and baby, and education on resources needed to support the health of sweet Chulo.
One of the last visits with Chulo, after talking about the need for medical attention, Haley announced that she had named her sweet baby boy - GERSON ALEXANDER! She had seen the worth and value of her child. Gerson’s parents had begun the process to register his birth when our sweet gift passed away and went to be with Jesus. We were notified hours after his death and had the privilege to be by the family’s side as they grieved. It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of God’s work in this family.
We hope you consider collaborating with us to help expand the depth and breadth of our therapeutic work in Santa Maria de Jesus in 2020 by adding Guatemalan therapists to our staff, and investing in sustainable strategies for meeting the need for therapy.
Please click the link below to join us and be co-workers in God’s service.
All our love and appreciation,
Megan Lewis and Stephanie Faulkner- The GOT Ministries Team