I've been involved with Frontlines for a number of years and my life has been changed. I can't imagine not returning to the mountain villages of Campur Guatemala with Frontlines. The only thing I would change is to be able to go more or stay longer!
The founders (a married couple) have been in the ministry for decades. They have primarily been preachers, but Frontlines is their main ministry now. I believe their daughter did go on the board a few years ago and a new director is also becoming involved as the founders are older and probably won't be able to continue the work themselves much longer.
I have had the opportunity to work in several different areas on the trips and things have generally been very well organized and with good attention to preparation. There is always someone to go to with a question or problem and there is a feeling among team members of being part of a family by the end of the trip. Going back to Campur feels like going home for a family reunion. There are some people who have been going to Guatemala for many more years than I and still come back every year.
Unlike some organizations that work with just medical needs or are involved in evangelism, Frontlines usually has three different teams each year. They have a medical team that works in the village that the mission is based in as well as outlying villages where people are too far away to walk to Campur. There is a construction team that either helps to build a church or works on the construction of the children's home (Casa Heidi). There is also at least one and sometimes two evangelism teams that go out into the mountain villages to work with children. It has been wonderful to see the relationship with the local Kekchi people build over the years that frontlines has been going there. There are two locals, Santiago and Pedro, who are like team members themselves. There is a local Assemblies of God Church that Frontines works with and there seems to be a great relationship with the pastor of the church.
The children's home has taken a few years to build. Frontlines is not a big organization and they depend on donations, which of course affects what can be done for construction. There is now a guatemalan couple (a doctor and a pastor) that have moved into the children's home to get programs going while the rest of the construction is done. I have given a significant amount of money to Frontlines over the years and have never had a concern about how the funds are handled.
Frontlines Missions & Ministries is a hard working Missions Team. I cannot understand why this person would say a negative word about them. I have been to Guatemala with Frontlines two years in a row now. We have been blessed by the leadership & team members. A hard working group from top to bottom. I would encourage anyone to go with the team, you will be blessed.
I can not express the experiences that I have had with
Frontlines Missions. I have been going to Guatemala with this group for near 10 years and I have been truly blessed. I would recommend taking a mission trip with the organization anytime. I have felt safe and all the travel has always been organized and smooth from the airport to Campur. As for the board members they are very experienced in what they are doing and I have no questions as to their dependability and transparency.
I have done everything from kp duty (kitchen), medical, evangelistic, and also the interior team. Nothing has ever been more satisfying.