Let’s Finish the Beginning

We are close to the finish line in getting the land for the Boys’ Home here in Guatemala. As of last count we are just $5,000 short of the $150,000.00 purchase price. On top of that we need around $25,000 for sales tax, registration fees, and other legal expenses. We have to have these funds by OCTOBER 21st!

Pray for the funds we need. Pray for how God may want to use you to help us reach them.

Pray, also, for the team we need to form as our Board of Directors and how we need to go about doing that. Pray for who should be on it.  We already have several candidates, and are considering a couple more.  May God send those He wants our way.

Pray for Claudia and I as we try to run a family in the middle of all of this craziness. May we find time to be together away from the stress.

Thanks again for your prayers, and let’s fight forward taking the land God has given us as a refuge for these boys. Once the land is purchased, we have a long road ahead in construction and in bringing in the boys. This is only the Beginning.

Another death in Zone 18

Rosenda Lemus and her mother, Berta de Lemus, were shot and killed near the elementary school in the Paradise neighborhood. Berta is Joel Lemus’s mother, too. Rosenda and Berta lived on the edge of the Ratonera (Literally “the Rats’ Nest”) neighborhood across from the soccer stadium we built. Rosenda leaves behind three teenage girls, Katherine 16, Valery 14, and Genesis 12 Nunfio. The girls were all in the Karate class at some point. (Joel daughter, Astrid is also part of karate class.) The girls’ father abandoned the family years ago and has never returned.

A young boy of about 10 years of age is the one that fired the shots. He did it as an initiation to get into the gang. The two women were totally unaware of the attack and didn’t provoke it in anyway.

Pray for the family through this tragic loss.
Pray for us as we minister to the family.
Pray for wisdom in finding a safe and adequate solution to help the girls for the future.
Pray for the girls’ safety and that they won’t fall victims to the gangs.

Please share this with those in your circle of friends that may know the families.

Coveting your prayers,
Nathan and Claudia