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As local residents follow the directives of Guatemala's president and of local municipal leaders by staying home and helping to "flatten the curve," the numbers of patients being seen at our clinic are much lower than normal. Even so, we believe that it is still of critical importance to remain available in order to help limit the distance that patients have to travel to find care, thereby limiting their potential exposure to COVID-19.

After being closed Tuesday and Wednesday following President Giammattei's announcements, and after reviewing the situation and the continued need for local medical care, this morning we have re-opened Mission Guatemala's clinic on a limited basis, in order to be able to attend to emergencies and patients with greatest need.

Ingrid, who is from the rural community of Pacaman, is an 11th-grader and one of the nearly 100 students currently receiving scholarships through Mission Guatemala’s “Becas Con Misión” (Scholarships with Mission) program.

We recently spent an amazing week with volunteers from three congregations in two states!

The new school year is underway in Guatemala, and we couldn't be more excited to see our amazing middle and high school scholarship students achieving their educational goals through the support of our "Becas con Misión" scholarship program!

Please join us in welcoming Burns Gutzwiller to the Mission Guatemala team!

After celebrating our first-ever high school scholarship graduates in 2018, we now have 17 students pursuing their high school diplomas through our scholarship program!

When we began our "Becas con Misión" scholarship program with just a few students seven years ago, we had a hope that the program would grow over time. However, we could never have imagined that by 2020 we would begin the new school year with nearly 100 students enrolled in this amazing program!

We have a new mailing address!

We were excited to host our first mission team of the year earlier this month!

We’re thankful to every one of you who has helped make 2019 an incredible year! Here’s to a "nuevo año" and a new decade of loving our neighbor and “doing all the good we can!"

For the 9th year in a row, we had the privilege of celebrating Christmas with children and families in a local community! This year, we celebrated “La Navidad” in the community of Las Canoas Bajas!

As Christmas nears, we are excited to share these pictures from our 9th annual Christmas basket distributions!

Last Friday, the Mission Guatemala team packed 137 Christmas baskets for the communities of Chuiquistel and Chuisajcap.

In early November, we had the chance to celebrate with students as they graduated from the local middle school in San Andrés Semetabaj! This group of 9th graders was also the fifth class to graduate from our computer lab since it began in 2015!

Mission Guatemala staff have been hard at work over the past weeks, preparing for our annual community Christmas party. This year, the "fiesta navideña" will be held in the community of Las Canoas Bajas!

Each November, in advance of the new school year beginning in January, members of our staff travel to rural communities in the San Andrés area to visit the students who have applied for a scholarship from Mission Guatemala.

We are excited to announce that another generous donor has offered $10,000 to match gifts made to Mission Guatemala from now till December 31st!

Happy Thanksgiving from Mission Guatemala!

Thanks to an incredibly generous donor, ALL donations made on #GivingTuesday, December 3, will be matched up to $10,000! Together, we can raise $20,000 in a single day—what a huge opportunity!

Mydelin is a tenth-grader from the town of San Andrés Semetabaj, and one of the 74 students in our "Becas Con Misión" middle and high school scholarship program.

We're so thankful to each one of our amazing supporters who came out last month to a benefit sponsored by Friends of Mission Guatemala in Greenville, South Carolina!

We recently said goodbye to a team of amazing volunteers from Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Sumter, South Carolina!

Recently, students enrolled in our "Becas Con Misión" (Scholarships With A Mission) program had the chance to express their artistic side during an art workshop with talented painters from San Juan la Laguna, a small town on the shore of Lake Atitlán!

Earlier this month, we were able to spend an excellent week working alongside an awesome group of volunteers from Trinity United Methodist Church in New Albany, Indiana! This was Trinity UMC's first time working with Mission Guatemala!

We had the privilege of reuniting with old friends—and of making many new ones—as we welcomed groups from Otterbein UMC in Hagerstown, Maryland; Saint Joseph UMC in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Assurance UMC in Huntersville, North Carolina; and Blaine Memorial UMC in Seattle, Washington.

Today is International Day of the Girl, and we'd like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our bright scholarship students, Heimy Paola!

The week of June 20-28, 2020 is currently open for a team! For more information, or to reserve this week, please click here to visit our reservations page!

Today we’re sharing pictures of our July volunteer teams and the incredible progress they made throughout the month!

Earlier this year, we broke ground on a new project at the elementary school in Chuisajcap, a small community in the municipality of San Antonio Palopó. With the help of our amazing volunteer mission teams, we will be working to construct a basketball and soccer court for the school and the 57 students who attend classes there!

Mission Guatemala summer interns gain practical, hands-on experience through international service as they actively participate in the daily work and activities of the volunteer teams.

Today we’re sharing a collection of photos of our amazing June volunteer teams and the progress they made this summer!

In August, we saw 446 patients in our clinic from 48 different communities across 9 separate states, or "departamentos." That's 40% of the country's states represented!

In late July, the students enrolled in our "Becas con Misión" scholarship program gathered at our clinic space for a morning of enriching and relationship-building activities!

On September 4, we made the first payment toward the purchase of our clinic space!

As we celebrate the 9th Anniversary of Mission Guatemala, we are overcome with thanksgiving for all that has been!

Earlier this year, we spent a week with an outstanding youth team from Zionsville United Methodist Church in Zionsville, Indiana!

Earlier this year, we shared an awesome week with two outstanding teams from Indiana! The groups hailed from Calvary United Methodist Church in Brownsburg, Indiana, and Park Memorial United Methodist Church in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

León is a ninth-grade student from the rural community of Caliaj Tecpan, and one of the 74 students in our "Becas con Misión" middle and high school scholarship program.

We are glad to have had the chance to spend a week earlier this year with our friends from First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Indiana!

Thanks to the generosity of our amazing supporters, so far this year we've served close to 19,000 healthy meals at the Escuela Kikoten in San Andrés Semetabaj!

We are thankful to have shared a week earlier this year with incredible mission teams from First United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Indiana, and Brazil First United Methodist Church in Brazil, Indiana.

Brenda is a ninth-grade student from the rural community of Caliaj Tecpan, and one of the 74 students in our "Becas con Misión" middle and high school scholarship program. She lives with her family in a small home not far from the school she attends, "Instituto Mixto de Educación Básica por Cooperativa Iximche."

In June alone, we saw 368 patients in our clinic from 52 different communities across 5 separate states, or "departamentos." Of these patients, 163 received tests in our clinic laboratory as part of their treatment.

We are excited to announce that we have been awarded the "2019 Top-Rated" Award from GreatNonprofits, which is given to nonprofits that are highly rated by people who experience their work first hand!

Earlier this year, we were joined by a team of students and professors from Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee!

Luis is a ninth-grader from the community of Tocaché, and one of the 74 students in our "Becas con Misión" middle and high school scholarship program.