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Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Arts & Culture, Health, Humanities, International, International Development

Mission: And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2Timothy 2:2 Servants 4 Him (S4H) is a non-profit , 501(c)(3), mission organization with a vision to equip disciples to make disciples. We believe that it is a life changing journey to restore God’s priorities among His people. A true disciple is a person who actively seeks a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and has a passionate commitment to know Him, love Him, follow Him and obey His Word, no matter what the cost. Applying Matthew 28:16-20 by teaching others how to “go and teach others all that I have commanded you” we build a reproducible model for others to follow. Servants 4 Him trains local pastors and church leaders how to be and make disciples. We teach inductive Bible studies to help them understand the Word and how to apply it personally in their lives. We mentor and encourage them in this walk of getting to know God for themselves. 2 Timothy 2:2, And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Disciple making is the heart of Servants 4 Him. Because there are many spiritual and physical problems that need to be addressed Servants 4 Him uses education and appropriate technologies to help local churches open doors to explain the good news of Christ Jesus. We are currently using inductive Bible study training, bio-sand water filters, improved wood-burning stoves, dry composting latrines, and health and sanitation education as tools for evangelism and to equip pastors and church leaders to reach their communities. S4H works alongside churches, mission organizations, and other missionaries equipping them with the tools and education necessary to implement programs using the skills and technologies mentioned above. We believe the local church is uniquely positioned to help people in their communities address spiritual and health issues like clean water, reduction of smoke from open cooking fires, and sufficient housing. When the local church is equipped to grow spiritually and is involved in meeting the physical needs of the community, the results are always changed lives and kingdom growth.

Results: 1,000's of water filters! 100's of stoves! 2 very successful scholarship programs! Currently working with 2 new church plants in Guatemala City, an AWANA club, ESL classes & a mentoring program! Over 100 evangelistic children's concerts where 100's have come to know Christ! 100's of Dental Clinics! Weeks of VBS classes expose 100's of Children to the Gospel. In 2011 we will have 12 family groups and mission teams working along side us. Servants 4 Him is working hard to share the good news of Jesus Christ every day in many ways!

Target demographics: We are working primarily in the Highlands of Guatemala. There are some projects in Guatemala City and other parts of the country.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Dozens of Pastors and church leaders have been trained in Inductive Bible Study, 100's are receiving Bible training from S4H. Several new church plants, helped with support, training and materials to other churches.100's receive free dental care.

Geographic areas served: Central America

Programs: Equip, train, and disciple local church leaders to make disciples. Or could you help us build a Bible School? Or perhaps provide portable dental equipment for our dentists? $20,000. Maybe you are a musician and you would like to help us upgrade our sound equipment for concerts??? Our list is long...contact us if you have an idea we haven't listed! We would love to hear from you! [email protected]

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

When you give to Servants4Him, you know your donation will be used for the most good to help people who truly need it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Servants4Him is one of the most effective organizations that truly invests in and provides lasting help to people in rural Guatemala. Their approach includes training and equipping national pastors and church leaders, providing spiritual as well as physical assistance. We know Forrest & Carol personally and can vouch for their integrity, hard work, and enthusiasm!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

By providing clean water and so much more, Servants 4 Him is being the feet and hands of Jesus by showing his love in the most basic and practical ways.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege to serve with Servants 4 Him, and was blessed to see their heart for those that they're serving.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been blessed with an opportunity to go on two short term missions projects with Servants4Him and both have been a great experience. The organization and people take their ministry seriously and are devoted to developing long-term, sustainable outreach and assistance to the people of Guatemala. I have seen first hand, their effects on the lives of both "ordinary" Guatemalans as well as their impact on the lives and ministry of the Guatemalan leaders as they mentor and develop them to be more effective in the ministry. The organization is diligent in efficiently using the resources they have - both in personnel and in financial resources and they take stewardship very seriously. Their love of God and the people of Guatemala is core to their ministry. Keep up the great work and I look forward to future opportunities.

Daniel Q.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting S4H financially for over 4 years and was able to join them for a 10 day mission trip to Guatemala in 2011 as volunteers. We have know the leadership personally and several on the team for this time. Our trip to Guatemala solidified our trust in this ministry's stewardship and dedication to the people in poor areas of that country. Their passion and proven methods make a substantial impact on many lives in ways that can make long term improvements to their lives and eternal rewards.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm making my fourth trip down to teach next summer. I look forward to it every year. All in the Servants4Him team have a deep love for Christ and a deep compassion for the people of Guatemala, They are hard working and disciplined and their ministry is grounded in loving relationships. Servants4Him has persevered in ministering to the Guatemalan people for many years and they have kept in close personal contact with their supporters and volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've served on short term missions trips with Servants4Him twice, the first time as a member of a church team supporting their mercy ministry projects and the second time on a visit to disciple church and mission leaders. I have been privileged to become acquainted with all the Servants4Him mission members. They are a gifted and grace filled team. What a blessing to serve with them!

Servants4Him is a hands-on, no frills ministry deeply committed to personal relationships and sharing Christ's love in very practical ways. Their ultimate goal is to train church leaders to make disciples for Christ to expand and deepen God's kingdom in Guatemala. Their vision is clear and they are fully committed to His work in Guatemala.

Donor

Rating: 5

S4H works in Guatemala and other Central American countries.
They help women get started in business by showing them useful skills like sewing so they can help provide for their families.
They teach hygiene classes and install water filters to provide clean drinking water to Mayan villagers.
They install stoves to prevent respiratory illness and burns caused by cooking indoors over open, non-vented fires.
They help support orphanages in their area.
They provide scholarships to children who cannot afford to attend school.
They mentor pastors in the Mayan villages and train them as Bible teachers.
S4H is dedicated to spreading the Word of God.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been involed with Servants 4 Him for several years thru prayer and financial support. Forrest is my twin brother. He and his wife Carol work tirelessly to share the good news of the gospel with the villagers in Guatemala. They love the Guatemalan people and they share the love of God with everyone they come in contact with.
A few of the main focuses of their ministry is to bring clean drinking water to households, install vented stoves for cooking (replacing open indoor fires in homes), and assist with dental and personal hygiene clinics.
We are grateful and blessed to be able to call the Kendalls "family" understanding that all of God's children are in His family and that we are all part of the family of God.

Donor

Rating: 5

This ministry is a great combination of good management, compassion, hard work, creativity and a willingness to go where they are needed. It is impressive that when they see a new area for ministry they carefully evaluate whether or not the Lord is calling them to meet this need, go to this new place and and "do a new thing." They are definitely worthy of support and will keep you well updated on all that is going on.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Servants4Him is a very hard working team of folks who have a big heart for the Guatemalan people. They started small and have grown as God has called them to do more and as they have seen more and more need and opportunity. I have had the privilege to work with them on more than one occassion and it is inspiring to see how they relate so lovingly to the village people who need help in both practical and spiritual ways. It is wonderful the way they weave the Gospel message into the day to day health related needs of these wonderful people. A typical village woman does not know that her lungs are becoming blackened from the daily smoke her fire makes when she cooks her tortillas. Neither does she know that her heart can be black with sin without a Savior. What a blessing for her to be visited and loved by servants who help her to understand how to correct both of these issues. It is especially impressive that this is not a "hit and run" type of evangelism. The Servants4Him team sticks around and forms lasting and meaningful friendships with the people they are ministering to. They literally become a part of the village and the fabric of the people's daily lives. I have seen all of this first hand as I have helped to prepare materials for water filters, install the filters, work with children at Bible School type events and help to sort and distribute clothing and shoes to village families. It is always a blessing to be a part of this team, even if for only a week.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Missionaries in a distant field, sowing and feeding the flock. Dedicated servants sharing news and updates on the growth of the church...sharing real needs and progress. A wonderful reflection of Christ's manifested love for the lost sheep. Keep the faith!

Donor

Rating: 5

Servants 4 Him has been expanding their work for God, by planting churches, providing Bible training, providing employment to unemployed and expanding as God leads them. They are very discerning in the use of God's resources.

Donor

Rating: 5

A great organization doing good work and worthy of much support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Forrest and Carol are unlike so many of the people in Guatemala's expat community. They could have done nothing with their retirement, but instead they chose, and are fulfilling, a long-term commitment to this country. I have known of their presence here, and their work, for ten years. The Kendalls are more than merely likeable; even people who do not share their spiritual convictions speak well of them, because they live their faith. They are not merely talkers, but doers. They do not have a bloated staff or a lot of overhead, that must be supported by donors. They are folks with rolled up sleeves, unafraid to go anywhere.

You never see them trying to steal credit from other NGOs (which happens here a lot). They are always willing to network, if it means bettering the lives of others. I doubt anyone even knows how many lives they have bettered, and even saved, through their labors.

As a journalist covering the application of appropriate technology in Central America, I have particular interest in the potable water supply. Without taking anything from other do-gooders in this area, it is fair to say that the device distributed by the Kendalls has a some technical advantages that, in combination, I have yet to see duplicated. It is appropriate technology at its best.

I hope that for the good of everyone, that the Kendalls are able to continue in Guatemala. They will never give up on this country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church has gone on missions trips to work alongside the Kendalls and Servants 4 Him for several years. They are a wonderful organization, faithfully obeying God's call to make disciples. They share their lives and faith with local pastors and church leaders to help grow and disciple Guatemalan believers. They install water filter systems and safer ovens for indigenous Mayan families and use it as an opening to share the gospel. They help build houses and provide aid to widows and abandoned women. The spend time teaching inductive Bible lessons to men, women, and children. The Servants 4 Him team truly shines forth the gospel and ministers effectively to many, many people in Antigua and the surrounding areas (sometimes even hours away) in Guatemala. They are good and faithful servants of Jesus Christ, and are obviously allowing themselves to be led by him as they follow in his footsteps.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the amazing experience of spending a week in Guatemala. I got to see how the work Servants4Him has been making a real difference in people's lives. It was amazing to see how excited the people, especially the children, got when they saw the Kendall's coming. They brought joy to the kids and comfort for the adults and I feel privileged to have been a part of this.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family of five spent a week in Guatemala working alongside the Kendall’s in their ministry to bring fresh water, food, hygiene, education, and God’s word to the people of this country. They do so much with so little! They make their own water filters. They provide food and shelter for people with no means. They provide clothing and supplies so kids can go to school. They taught us that we must first love and care for people, earn their respect, and God will shine through. We came home with a very different perspective on the abundance God has given us, and the purpose and potential our actions can have. Servants 4 Him is a vital and growing ministry spreading hope to Guatemala and opening the eyes and hearts of everyone who ventures down there to help them. We received far more than we were able to give.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I spent 9 great days in Guatemala with a group ministering along side the Kendalls and others on their team. I was very impressed with the efficiency of the team that enabled us to achieve so much, and most importantly, the life changing impact on our lives along with the ones we where serving. They were awesome hosts and safety was a priority.

JD W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found the work of the Kendalls to be very intentional to provide a holistic ministry to the people of Guatemala. They are willing to listen and learn, both from experience and from others.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Servant 4 Him, Inc.
This organization has helped so many people to get CLEAN WATER! Clean water for their physical body and the pure water of God's Holy Word for their spiritual being! Forrest and Carol Kendall have sacrificed their lives to bring to the people of Guatemala Jesus and the love of His Church! They are diligent to also train and disciple pastors and church workers! They have been a constant source of encouragement to our church and to me and my family!
Sincerely in Jesus' Name,
John Peter Mehrens
Preaching Minister of the Granby Christian Church
Granby, Missouri

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been donors since the startup of Servants 4 Him. We personally know the couple who lead this ministry and believe in the work God has called them to do in Guatemala. They are faithful stewards of the resources of this ministry. Their ministry in Guatemala started with a water-filter ministry (building water-filters for people who did not have a safe source of drinking water), but the ministry has expanded much beyond that start to include, among other things, discipleship training.

Doug S

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This ministry is very wise in it's use of strategy to effectively reach the unsaved in Guatemala. They are compassionate and loving, commited to those to whom they are ministering. They are not stuck in tradition but willing to be flexible and change methods to be more effective. The are deeply in touch and minister through relationship.

Brian80

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor since this organization was first founded. They are very efficient with the use of money with low overhead costs and making a huge impact for the people of Guatemala with the love of Christ.

Cherith K.

Donor

Rating: 4

As a donor, I love reading monthly reports and social media updates about how my monthly donations are used to impact the Guatemalan people in such a holistic way. I've visited the S4H mission group two times because I wanted to meet the people they ministered to, and I saw first hand how they love on them, work alongside them, and most of all, how they serve the Guatemalan people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Incredibly professional, organized, team-oriented and Christ-like! A group from my church and I spent 10 days with the Servants 4 Him team and returned home feeling tremendously encouraged and excited about the work being done here in Guatemala. So many people that I have run into have made numerous trips with church groups and on their own because they all testify that this is a GREAT team to work and minister with. I plan to return for another trip in the future because I know that my time will be used wisely and with their leadership will make an impact in lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

The caretakers of this ministry of the most giving and generous people you could know. They have given up their life in the states to help the needy in a third world country. They have left their children and grandchildren to help the children of strangers. Their kindness and service to our Lord in immeasurable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I say I am a client served because Servants for Him volunteers have been my neighbors for several years in Guatemala. There is no home in the neighborhood that is more open and welcoming than theirs. I myself work in Guatemala but my home is like a sanctuary, a way to get away from the daily grind of helping the poor. But that is not the way of the Servant for Him volunteers. I have met volunteers, volunteer team members and full time folks who have been here more than 10 years. All are welcome. Can anyone say that for themselves. I don't think so. The gift of hospitality is what the Bible says it is, a gift. Servants 4 Him has it. l Their light shines in the darkness of need and despair and in friendship and and open door policy. The open door may not solve a problem but it is a place to go, to talk, to resolve through empathy and friendship.

Sherri K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you Servants 4 Him for loving the Lord and obeying His call to serve others. We have watched you stick to your focus of training pastors and other Jesus followers to study the Bible and put God's words into action. We are fellow missionaries in Guatemala and you have helped guide us as newbies to the field. We have also seen you laying down your lives to help others. As fellow grandparents we see how much you love your family but choose to serve in a foreign country. You are an inspiration for us.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our family has donated to this nonprofit organization and know the Erickson family personally. Todd Erickson was a Pastor at our church in Virginia along with his wife and three children. I have no doubt in my mind that you could not find better hands to trust funds to be used wisely. They all, including their children, have a strong heart to serve others. And they do. If you're giving to this organization you are giving to the lord.

Marnie M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Erickson family and their generous service 4Him is the perfect example of Christ's teaching. I've had the privilege of knowing them over 10 years & witnessing their devotion to others. They are joyful, trusting and charitable even when faced with fighting illness, poverty and despair. They use their capabilities to the max and live their faith. They give all they have and then teach problem solving, diplomacy, life skills, and Christianity. The Ericksons are inspirational and I follow them daily as they truly are "Servants 4 Him" in Guatemala. I thank God everyday for this organization and the work and communication to us of the good will that they are creating in Jesus name.

Jessica D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Servants 4 Him is a wonderful non profit organization because of the morals and beliefs it stands on. Everything done by Servants 4 Him is for God and the organization glorifies the projects, bible studies, and people of Guatemala to the lord. I believe Servants 4 Him has the best leaders in Guatemala right now and the people that have given up their lives in the United States to live in Guatemala and serve are the most genuine Christians I have ever met.

Maureen I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I personally know one of the families who gave up every part of their comfortable life in an upscale area of the United States to live as a missionary family in Guatemala. Their hearts are filled with compassion for a people who desperately need help and healing...to know that Christ loves them! Servants 4 Him has made it possible for my friends to put their faith into action in Guatemala.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These people show the love of Christ to the Guatemalans in many ways. Doing a great work down there and giving so many Americans a heart for others by hosting all of these teams.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We first met Forrest and Carol when we also were missionaries in Guatemala. Their giving hearts is an inspiration. My husband was able to work with Forrest for a few days and gained so much in seeing the needs of the villagers. We were working with a different kind of project in Guatemala City, and it was helpful to see what other missionaries were doing. It gave us a better picture of the country and the culture we were involved with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family was drawn by Servants 4 Him, to move down to Guatemala for 6 months in 2005. We have learned from them how to make water filters, and minister to the basic hygienic needs of that developing country. A country which sadly, is corrupt. Many of the social services we take for granted in the USA are provided for by ministries like Servants 4 Him. It was a blessing to work alongside the Kendalls and see the ministry grow over the years. Family members continue to support this non-profit with their time and energy during short term mission trips.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I participated in a ten day mission organized by S4H in 2010. It was very well organized, safe and productive. We not only met the physical needs of the people there, but were able to minister to them spiritually as well.

Forrest K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

S4H has consistently helped families in Guatemala since 2006 with projects such as household water treatment systems (i.e. bio-sand water filters), improved wood burning stoves, health and hygiene classes, and construction of homes for widows and families in need. They have trained numerous religious non-profits and humanitarian aid organizations in the construction of bio-sand filters.

The Lord continues to bless and expand the reach of this organization.

Jane T.

Donor

Rating: 5

This non-profit has existed for several year. They have shown themselves to be sensitive to needs of the people they serve. They have been creative in finding solutions for the people who need. They have been good stewards of the money donated to them. They have been available to people wanting to come and help them out on the field. They are "bridge builders" and do an excellent job of maintaining relationships on the field and back at home. They are cheerfully accountable for their decisions and actions and have proven themselves to trustworthy. Lastly they are sacrificial in their work on the field, continuing to do it under adverse health circumstances. They love the work they do!