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Little School Has Begun at The Spark Cafe!
About Us
We are missionaries in Guatemala who desire to see God manifest himself in all areas of society. Our heart is in the restoration of broken people living on the streets as well as in the discipleship of the local church in Central America.

Pray for Us
We would be honored to have you join us in prayer for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done in Guatemala. For those interested in partnering with us in prayer, click here to access our current prayer requests on our website.
 
The Spark Fundraiser!
As many of you know, we are in the process of opening a Cafe designed to reach out to and disciple young people living on the streets of Guatemala City! We have already begun renting a facility and have begun renovations. We are very excited about what God is doing, but we need your help! We are currently trying to raise $6000 to cover rent for a year as well as the initial cost of renovating and setting up the Cafe! We have already raised over $2200, which excites us a lot! If you are interested in getting involved, click here to go directly to our fundraiser!

Donations
Our ministry would not be possible had it not been for the gracious / sacrificial giving of our supporters. We are so thankful to have you all as a part of our team and look forward to our continued partnership in bringing hope to Guatemala. If anyone is interested in sending a gift to support us personally or a donation to support The Street Revolution, there are a variety of ways that one can give. Information on how to give to our work can be found on our webpage under "Support Us" or simply by clicking here

 

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Greetings once again from a very cool and windy Guatemala City! We have been experiencing some quite cold weather lately, which has many of us bundled under several blankets at night in hopes of staying warm (there is no central heating here). However, despite the cold weather, we are enjoying the beauty of our God as He continues to amaze us with how He is guiding us in The Spark Cafe Project!

A Glaring Need Revealed
Mid January in Guatemala means back to school for many Guatemalan children. However, for the majority of the children who daily visit us at The Spark, it meant nothing more than the start of another year of disappointment as only a few were able to enroll and attend school. There are a number of reasons for this, but it mainly boiled down to either a lack of funding (for uniforms and supplies) or a lack of interest by the parents to push their children towards a brighter future. We also have noticed over the last several weeks that most of the children we work with would also struggle in school as they lacked some basic preschool instruction such as recognizing their ABCs as well as the basics of reading and writing. We are obviously quite disappointed by all this, but at the same time, we are thankful that God had brought us to this small community of families as a potential solution to the situation. 

"Little School" Launches
In January we had the honor of receiving as part time staff two great friends, Justin & Jenna, who have a big heart for our street friends as well as the many children we work with. Jenna happens to be a preschool teacher who wanted to use her skills / talents to bless the children in Guatemala. So you could imagine the excitement that we both shared when I began sharing with them the glaring need that we have at the Spark and the desire that Juli and I had to see some sort of tutoring program launched! Jenna quickly began gathering materials and resources and after talking with a lot of the children and their mothers, we decided that we would officially hold our first class on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 9!

Our first week was mainly focused on discovering what everyone knew as well as laying down the foundation for how the classroom will be run. We were thrilled that we had 10 children and 1 mother attending on that first day, but were saddened to discover that not only do they not know how to spell or recognize their own names, but none of them even knew when they were born! I went home that day heartbroken to know that these children (and even their mothers) don't even know truly how old they are... just an approximate age!

Our second day of class was also an eye opening experience, one that beamed in hope. We decided to start with learning the sound of the letter A as well as having them practice tracing / attempting the write the letter. We also had them trace their names numerous time to help them begin recognizing it. What amazed us is that even the youngest ones were able to quickly pick up writing the letter (and doing a great job of it as well). We were certain that they would struggle a bit, but they did not! In fact, they more than exceeded all expectations and all walked out of class that day telling every word that they knew that began with the letter A sound!

This next week we will be continuing with the letter A and probably moving into the letter B. We are also expecting a few more children to join us as well as more of the mothers. We are also expecting some of the street youth to attend. We will also be introducing our point incentive program that will reward each student for their work by allowing them to use their points to buy basic school supplies and hygiene products. If you would like to see a small video that we took from our second day of class, click here. Please be praying for us as we continue developing this program. Pray for wisdom, peace, financial provision and for more teachers to join us!
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