HOPE CHEST: IGLESIA BELEN
We’re so excited to begin our new global ministry partnership with Children’s HopeChest and our specific CarePoint, Iglesia Belen (Bethlehem Church). Iglesia Belen is an historic protestant church in Guatemala City, located about a mile from La Limonada, the largest slum in Guatemala. The purpose of this specific CarePoint is to care and provide for the children of their surrounding neighborhood and La Limonada through after school programs, meals, tutoring, and love. Children’s HopeChest is the organization facilitating this partnership.
You can sponsor a child HERE.
Almost a year of prayer, thoughtful questioning, and involved preparation has gone into forging this new partnership, and we’re deeply excited to invite the whole church into this relationship. As we more forward in this long-term commitment, we hope to both answer your immediate questions and begin a larger conversation about responsible and sustainable missions and supporting international ministry.
All Souls has, as a whole, felt a pull into global support, particularly in regards to children. In May 2016, in prayerful consideration of this partnership, a team from All Souls visited Guatemala. You can read about their experiences here: Lauren’s blog, Keely’s blog, Laura’s blog. Iglesia Belen resonated in a particular way because of its liturgical protestant service, and joyful inclusion of children in the congregation. The La Limonada population that Belen serves also faces some particular challenges, as you can see in this video about a neighboring CarePoint.
Our long term (5-10 years) commitment to this partnership will include financial and relational monthly support, or sponsorship, of children, along with letter writing between congregations, and annual trips from All Souls to Guatemala as well as the potential of Belen staff to visit Colorado. Sponsoring a child is $38 a month or $456 annually; half of this sum goes directly to child survival.
All Souls will be sponsoring a number of cognate events to this new partnership, from a screening of BBOYS for LIFE to book discussions about international missions. Please check back regularly to see what’s coming up next!