Guatemala is an incredibly diverse country in terms of climate, terrain and people. There are 23 different language groups. Climate conditions range from steamy hot coastal weather to frigid cold mountain weather where temperatures regularly drop below the freezing mark. Like many Latin American countries, it is also a country marked by violence. The presence of ruthless drug cartels has led to extortion, corruption, kidnapping and many violent deaths in this country. Poverty is high, especially among the rural, indigenous population. With about 50% of the population being rural and about 40% being indigenous, poverty reaches far and wide. Word & Deed is partnering with AMG Guatemala to support Christian education and a rural hospital here.

Word & Deed partners with AMG Guatemala in Guatemala.

Cubulco Hospital: Word & Deed North America is supporting this rural hospital in Cubulco, Guatemala (where John Otten, Word & Deed's Project Director was the Administrator for 17 years). The hospital is overseen by our partner, AMG Guatemala, and has 14 beds and four doctors who give medical consultations and carry out minor surgeries. The hospital also offers 24 emergency services, maternity, ultrasound and delivery, and nutrition and agricultural programs. Visiting teams of specialized surgeons perform more complicated surgeries. Most importantly, the Gospel is shared with many of the 14,000 patients that are seen each year. The local church ministers to the patients by sharing devotionals in the waiting room of the hospital. The project has reached a commendable 70% self-sufficiency.

Radio Program: This project is a 30 minute daily broadcast run by the hospital in Cubulco, Guatemala with the intention of bringing the Gospel and announcing events at the Hospital (for example, the arrival of visiting medical teams). The teacher commentaries produced by the Jonkman team in Ecuador are being used to teach the Word of God in these programs.

Sponsorship: Through Word & Deed, over 220 children attending La Palabra Christian School are being sponsored. This school operates in new facilities (completed 2012) that were generously funded by Word & Deed donors. These children receive breakfast and hot lunch each school day and a Christian education.

Bundles of Love:  This project provides all the children at La Palabra with a toy and an item of practical value at Christmas time. One "bundle" can be purchased for $18 CDN or $16 USD.

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