They say that a picture paints a thousand words. I would like to try to paint a picture with words for you. This story is about the average child growing up in Guatemala. It paints a picture of a childhood filled with despair and no hope—a lifestyle that cycles with each generation. 

      This will be a story from the eyes of a child. 

“My name is Julio . I am 7 years old and I am in the second grade. I sleep on a blanket rolled onto the cold, wet dirt floor next to my siblings and my parents. We get up early every morning around 5am, as the sun is coming up, to start our chores. We must go and get firewood almost daily in order to cook our meals. We are lucky to have a well at the house because our neighbors do not. They come over to our house to buy water. Some of our neighbors have latrines but we don't have one.  Papa says the corn field gives us enough privacy. After the chores, we might get to eat corn tortillas for breakfast, or nothing at all. We are grateful for the tortillas, because they may be the only thing we eat before dinner. Around 7am, we head to school. We are done by twelve noon. After school, we will head back to the house to work in the fields or help our mother around the house with chores. My oldest brother, Edvin is 12 years old this year, so he is not going to school anymore. He is now working with our father in the fields to help support our family. Many of the men in our village are laborers in the field, but they do not always have work. My family can not afford to send him on to school after the sixth grade. My parents said he must start working in the field so the family can eat. This is the way it always has been in Guatemala. Generation after generation, the families work in the fields as laborers. I dream of being a school teacher and a principal one day, but I know this will never happen. You see, without education, I will never have the opportunity to be anything other than a laborer in the field. I want to be able to help my family and community when I grow up, but I must not dream.”

     I hope this has given you a little insight to many families here in Guatemala. If you are interested in supporting a child with their education, please let us know. It is $35 per month for middle school and $75 per month for high school. Love Serve is now supporting 6 students in middle school and 2 students in high school. We would like for this to continue and grow, but it depends on you. Please contact us if you are interested in this program either by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or cchilThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Matthew 20:28

"Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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