Mission Guatemala Inc
Rating: 4.94 stars 361 361 reviews
230 W Spruce St. Princeton IN 47670 USA
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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Mission Guatemala is an excellent organization. Its operations are beneficial and draw extensively from local personnel who help to facilitate integration with the communities it helps. The clinic and the feeding programs it operates for students, among other things, seem to have very positive effects on the communities it serves.
The people at Mission Guatemala were some of the kindest and most passionate people I have ever met. I could tell that the mission of this organization is close to their hearts and they do all the good they can. I came back so inspired to help and more educated about Guatemala and I am very glad that I had the opportunity to work with them.
At first I was a little wary of Mission Guatemala's work for the same reasons listed in comments below. But they truly do amazing work in the Lake Atitlan region and strive to integrate themselves into the community in the most beneficial and culturally appropriate way possible. I was lucky enough to spend a week and a half with them, meeting community leaders, visiting schools, helping out at Casa Tat Loy, and learning about the environmental, health, and educational issues in the region.
A group of us students from Baldwin Wallace University went to Panajachel to learn about the culture and problems affecting the people and also volunteer through Mission Guatemala. We had a wonderful experience there; Mission Guatemala taught us about the traditional customs and allowed us to learn how we can best serve, including changing daily habits at home in the United States. Mission Guatemala is a great organization that is doing a lot of good for the people in Panajachel and the surrounding communities.
I am by nature skeptical of "helping" organizations, especially ones that come from the so-called "first world," work in the so called "third world," and rely on some sort of religious institution--that can on occasion have a conflict of interest in that their primary goal is to proselytize the population. Misguided notions of "help" particularly hold true in Guatemala, where the US has a long history of intervention--most of it negative and highly detrimental to the indigenous population, which only 30 years ago experienced a genocide that was in part funded by the US military. So I was very careful in my first forays with Mission Guatemala, and it was a happy surprise to find how wrong I was about their work. Mission Guatemala works carefully with the people in the Solola region of Guatemala. They listen to their concerns, they treat them with respect, and they plan long-term, sustainable projects where they are partners with the locals. They make every attempt to reverse already-existing hierarchies that are the long and present histories of colonialism, racism, and imperialism. The truly make every effort to follow their motto, supplied by early Methodist minister John Wesley to, "do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can."
A wonderful organization. The people were all extremely kind and the mission leaders always kept the needs of the volunteers in mind. They also did a great job of ensuring we got a good mix of work and cultural experiences. This was a wonderful growing experience with Christ that helped all the members of my group recognize how blessed we are.
I am thankful for such a ministry of compassion that respects the people served and the community, promoting partnership!
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I traveled to Guatemala to see firsthand, the Mayan Culture, the surroundings, and the good that Mission Guatemala, Inc is doing in the Panajachel area. I am awed by the experience, the grace, the knowledge and care that Mission Guatemala has for the area, the people, including the indigenous culture.
In learning about the history, the present, and the challenges that nature presents to this area, I am amazed at the fortitude, the strength, and the beauty of the people. We were able to help our new-found friends with some building and construction. We were able to communicate, laugh, ask questions, and become friends.
Absolutely wonderful ministry! God is glorified and so much good work is done there!
This is an excellent ministry to be the hands and feet of Christ. As Christ representative I find Christ there. His spirit is in the hearts of the people. I am humbled to help give them a hand up not a handout .