1) Ryan and I have been meeting with classrooms around the country via Skype to talk about life in Jocotenango and why the book drive is so important for the students who live there. All of these classrooms are participating in the GRA and fundraising for the book drive (which rocks our socks). Recently, we met with a 3rd grade classroom in California. The 3rd graders had a business day where all students created their own mini business and markeed themselves to the school. The businesses ranged from guacamole to jewelry to basketball training. The students decided that the money they made would go towards buying books for Jocotenango, and all together they raised over $750! Clearly they have a future in the business world! We are so thankful for each student and their dedication to their business and the Palms & Souls Book Drive.
2) Ryan, Kyleigh, and I are headed to Guatemala during the last week of March to purchase, deliver, and set up the library. We would LOVE to have more travel companions! Please let us know if you are interested in joining us. Our big projects for the week will be library setup and sizing/purchasing shoes for the students. Shoes are much cheaper in the street markets which obviously cannot take our PEX card, so we will need to be there to handle the cash transactions. We can’t wait to get down there and spend a week serving these kids!
We feel so blessed to be working with the El Buen Samaritano community center in Guatemala. We cannot thank you enough for all of your financial and spiritual support. We could not do what we do without the constant streams of prayers and encouragement. John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” We know that God is working in this organization! We ask you to continue to pray for his continued presence at the center, enough book donations to build a wonderful library, and more monthly sustainers so we can continue to provide for the students at El Buen Samaritano.