CCC team impact orphans in Guatemala

From July 6 - 17 CCC had a team go to Guatemala and minister in the orphanage run by CCC workers Norman & Vickie Sutton. Below is a recap of their trip as told by their team leader Kathy Ramaekers.

On completion of our short term missions trip to the Hogar de Vida orphanage in Guatemala, I believe that all of our team members would agree that we had a life changing experience. We spent nine days at the orphanage providing vacation bible school lessons, playing with the 30 children and young adults that live there and assisting with some work projects at the home. Dr. Lannie and Carol Weak were able to provide dental services for the children by completing over 160 fillings and 14 extractions along with other dental care and preventative treatments. We were also able to provide a ministry to some surrounding villages at two schools and a church plant by completing a hair washing and styling ministry and a skit that demonstrated the power of Christ's love for us.

We were amazed at the loving, trusting spirits of the children at the home and how they interacted and worked together as an extended family. On a daily basis we witnessed older children helping and playing with younger children without being asked to and an older thirty something Down's syndrome adult assisting a physically challenged young adult like she was her own personal responsibility. It is obvious that the orphanage is more of a home than a "facility". Several of the team members admitted that we were expecting to feel badly for the children in the home, but as we became more aware of the poverty and the brokenness in the surrounding villages, we came to know how much the Lord is working in the home by providing food, love, nurturing, and most importantly; opportunities to know the Lord and to go to school.

The Lord was faithful during this entire time by helping us to grow together as a team, by keeping us safe during some pretty treacherous road trips in/out of the villages, by blessing us with safe and hassle free plane travel and by really helping all of us to grow personally in our relationship with Him. We had many opportunities to see the Lord working through us to bless the children and the staff that are working there.

We also had the amazing opportunity to work alongside Norman and Vickie Sutton who are such a blessing to the home and the children. They are a wonderful example of regular people who the Lord is using to do a tremendous work because of their faith and their obedience to Him. I know that because of our experience during this short term missions trip, many of us have deepened our relationship with the Lord and will be looking for our next step in a closer walk with Him.