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Mission Guatemala Inc

Rating: 4.94 stars   296 reviews 46,116

Nonprofit Issues:

Human Services

Address:

230 W Spruce St. Princeton IN 47670 USA

Mission:

Mission Guatemala Inc., is a faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to help meet the basic needs and improve the quality of life of under-served and impoverished Guatemalan peoples through health, education and nutrition initiatives and missionary service.

Geographic areas served:

Lake Atitlan Region, Guatemala

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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the course of 20+ years of youth ministry, my wife and I (both youth directors) have been on nearly a dozen mission trips. Our experience with Mission Guatemala has, hands down, exceeded them all! Tom and Dave have developed a top-tier organization. It is expertly run, well-organized, and provides the perfect combination of work and cultural experiences. The staff are friendly, proficient, easy to be with, and feel "part of the family." Our team left with tears in their eyes and a longing to return soon (which we are working on!) We were so impressed with what Mission Guatemala has accomplished in such a short time - eye clinics, water purification, dentists, doctors, schools, classrooms... we were blown away! What an incredible nonprofit, and what amazing people!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Love everyone at Mission Guatemala! Diego, josh, Elmer, Laura and everyone on staff is so kind and helpful. I have been to mission Guatemala 2 years in a row and this year brought my son. The week is always so well planned and I feel safe and secure at all times. The work they do is unbelievable and I will continue to support this group!

 
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Before hearing about an opportunity to join a group from church on a mission trip, my husband and I had recently finished reading Robert Lupton's book "Toxic Charity." We asked many questions before signing up to make sure we were not about to head down to Guatemala to do unnecessary work. Upon our return, we could not be happier with the way Mission Guatemala is serving their surrounding communities. They are very intentional about helping and empowering communities in Guatemala. They hire the right people to run the charity and the work sites. They immerse themselves in the culture and the people. They have a great reputation among the locals, and they treat all of their mission teams as very important guests. This is a very well supported and productive organization. Thanks for the great experience and memories Mission Guatemala team!

 
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Although I have been on other mission trips in the past, this was my first with Mission Guatemala. I was incredibly impressed with all of the work that they have been able to achieve in only ~5 years of operation. I really appreciated the time devoted during this trip to educating us on the work they are doing and feel so blessed to be working with such an amazing organization. What stood out to me the most is how much effort they put into developing relationships within the communities they serve and finding out from community leaders what the needs are and how they can help address those needs instead of just coming in and doing work that they think might be needed. I think Mission Guatemala is a great example of what a mission organization should look like.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala far exceeded my expectations for our first international youth mission trip. As a leader who was responsible for preparing our team of 18 youth and adults of the expectations the week we served, Mission Guatemala made it easy. They are very organized and have everything down to a "t". Throughout the year of planning, any question I had, was answered happily and promptly. Tom, Dave, Diego, Josh and Laura have been such a great help and were always looking out for us and a pleasure to work with. The River House was amazing and very safe. The staff was always available and eager to help out in any way they could. The local workers at our worksite were very friendly and patient and became one of the family. Our youth especially enjoyed communicating with them in Spanish and teaching them a little English. Our team also enjoyed interacting and playing with the children at the worksite.---Most importantly, Mission Guatemala's focus is what the local people of Guatemala need, not what we may "think" they need. With the priority of building relationships with the local communities in Guatemala, I can see firsthand how this organization has a strong foundation of faith with the people of Guatemala and the mission teams. As someone who has been on other mission trips in Central America, I would highly recommend to support Mission Guatemala through donations, mission trips and prayers.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala did a great job of hosting our church's team. They provided valuable service projects that would best serve the neediest people. The accommodations, food, and hosts were all top notch.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The mission serves some of the poorest folks in the world. While there I installed wood burning stoves for families living in concrete and adobe houses with dirt floors who have been cooking over an open fire inside the house. There were other very worthwhile projects that others in our group participated in. This is one of the best run missions that I have served. They were very well organized and made sure everyone had meaningful work to do. They even were able to respond quickly with additional meaningful work for one person in our group who sprained her ankle and couldn't continue serving on one of the planned projects.
They obviously love the folks they are serving and care deeply for the volunteers as well. Thanks Mission Guatemala.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the love shared between the mission folks, the volunteers, those being served, and the community. Love seems to be everywhere there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it more obvious that the mission is serving as the hands and feet of Christ. (It is possible that they are doing that well to those being served since I didn't understand the language of the people being served. If they are making is very clear, maybe sharing with volunteers that they are communicating that would be helpful.)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Seeing the joy in the eyes and hearts of those we served. The love I experienced with fellow volunteers, mission folks, and those we served.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala is strategic and thoughtful in the way that they support and encourage healthcare, nutrition, and education in Guatemala. They are excellent stewards of the financial donations that they receive, and they are impacting Guatemala in an amazingly positive way. Thank you for another incredible week!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala is providing much-needed support for the poorest of the poor in Guatemala. With a newly-opened clinic and day care center, this organization is providing Christ-centered care by meeting physical and day-to-day needs. Tom Heaton and his group are truly acting as the hands and feet of Jesus on a daily basis. My home church recently held a medicine drive to collect over-the-counter medications to help stock the clinic's pharmacy. We can't wait to see how God uses and multiplies these gifts for the people Mission Guatemala is serving.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been pulled to support many outreach programs in Guatemala. Mission Guatemala is a wonderful program because they understand the importance of communicating with donors and supporters, and updating us on the lives that are being changed daily.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would encourage this organization to work with other, established programs in Guatemala to share knowledge, to discuss what works (culturally) and what doesn't, and to maintain a focus of empowering Guatemalans to initiate their own improvements (to avoid dependency).

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

The need for medicines in Guatemala -- the over-the-counter products that are pleniful and cheap for Americans are scarce and expensive in Guatemala.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Church sponsored drive through Zionsville United Methodist Church, Zionsville, Indiana.

What would you tell others about this organization?

This is a new organization that is doing great things for the people of Guatemala. Please give to support this organization!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala is an incredibly organized, we'll run organization. They provided my group with purposeful work. They also provided us with opportunities to learn about, understand, and appreciate local customs. All the personnel we came in contact with were incredibly helpful and friendly. Thank you for the incredible opportunity to serve with your organization.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala was a perfect organization to host our church's first International Mission trip for youth. With a group of 18 people, my expectations were far exceeded. Their knowledge of the area, relationships they have developed with the people, staff support and submergence in the culture was evident. There was security in knowing that the work you were doing in the communities was necessary, wanted and pleasing to God.

I highly suggest this organization to others and I am looking forward to returning.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the blessing of serving at Mission Guatemala for 3 years. This is an incredibly well organized mission that has at its heart the Guatemalan people. They invest in the lives of people who live in communities of rural Guatemala through education, nutrition and medical care. We take our graduating seniors each year to serve at Mission Guatemala. Through their experiences, they see the world through a better set of eyes after serving with Mission Guatemala and are better prepared to continue their journey post high school. I highly recommend serving with Mission Guatemala!

 
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