2016 Children’s Project
Through this year’s VBS project, United Brethren children
in the US and Canada can help United Brethren in Guatemala.
We have 18 United Brethren churches in Guatemala. Most of the families in our churches would be among the poorest in the country. Some live in Guatemala City in poor, over-crowded neighborhoods. Others live in the lowlands of Escuintla and Suchitepequez where people find limited work on sugar cane and rubber tree plantations. Nevertheless, our pastors and churches have been working hard to share the Good News and start new churches.
Each United Brethren church does ministry with children. According to the United Nations, 36.9% of the population in Guatemala is under 14 years of age. However, many of our churches are built with nothing more than bamboo poles and plastic tarps; others have metal roofs but no permanent walls. But they do their best with what resources they have to reach both children and adults.
This summer, we invite you to help raise funds so our Guatemalan friends can improve their church buildings and provide more materials for reaching children in their neighborhoods.
We put together a series of five short videos you can use in promote this project. They can be downloaded from the Vimeo link (see below). However, if you would like us to send you a copy on a DVD, contact David Kline at firstname.lastname@example.org. The idea is that you present one video per day for the five days of your VBS or for five consecutive weeks if you’re using them in Sunday school or junior church.
Last year, our children alone, raised $4222 to assist refugee children in Turkey. Let’s see if we can do as well, or even exceed that amount this year, for the children of Guatemala.