WHERE WE WORK
The Guatemala Hubs provide a place for vulnerable young people to gain trust and socialize among their peers and supportive adults. As they transition into adulthood, young people have opportunities to grow in faith and develop social skills as they begin to realise their God-given potential.
WE SUPPORT FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS FEELING ISOLATED AND FORGOTTEN, AND ARE THEREFORE AT RISK IN SOCIETY; THEY LACK CONFIDENCE, FEEL ALONE, AND HAVE LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO THEM. THEY ARE THEREFORE MORE LIKELY TO TURN TO CRIME OR FIND THEMSELVES AS VICTIMS OF EXPLOITATION.
TIME OF RESCUE
Founded by Cesar Garcia in 2011, Time of Rescue is a ministry dedicated to serving the needs of and rescuing street children and youth of Guatemala. Attending to 175 street children and youth per month, Time of Rescue passionately supports these young people with love and care developing deep and trusting relationships. The Time of Rescue team are alert 24 hours a day, responding to medical emergencies and crisis needs. A very special part of this ministry is that three of their team of five are ex-street youth. They themselves are power living examples, demonstrating that a life after the streets is possible.
GENERATION OF SALVATION
Generation of Salvation, a thriving youth group as part of Christ is the Way church, carries out weekly youth activities in zone 3 and zone 7 of Guatemala City. Located one street from the main Guatemala City rubbish dump where 3000 tons of rubbish is delivered on a daily basis, Generation of Salvation works with young people with alcohol and drug addictions, gang members, and those from families suffering from violence and social pressure. Football, table tennis, pool, hockey, karaoke and Bible studies include some of their Saturday activities.
HOUSE OF GRACE
House of Grace church, located in Palin in the department of Escuintla, establishes one to one support with vulnerable youth in their local community. House of Grace church provides emotional support and Bible teaching, whilst also responding to household needs and reconciling and uniting families.
MY SPECIAL TREASURE
Founded in 2008 by Cesar and Carol Lopez, the 'My Special Treasure' Girls' Home receives teenage girls from the Guatemala children's courts. The home provides a space and opportunity of restoration for the girls. The girls are provided with a safe home, a place to be educated and to come to know God. On site is a transition house which functions to help the older girls as they make the necessary steps to transition into independant living.
VERTICAL POINT CHURCH
Located in the village of San Andrés Itzapa in the department of Chimaltenango, Vertical Point church works with youth from age 13 through to 25 years old. Weekly youth groups on a Saturday focus on the development of leaders for Vertical Point’s discipleship programme into the village community. Members of Vertical Point youth group also volunteer with DBO Ministries, another partner of Nicodemus located in Chimaltenango.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME
Youth Leadership Programme, founded and coordinated by Nicodemus working in partnership with Time of Rescue, 'My Special Treasure' Girls' Home and 'My Special Treasure' Education Centre to provide tailor made services to young people in transition to adulthood.
THE AVIV PROJECT
Neighbouring the Guatemala City suburb of San Miguel Petapa, the AVIV Project is located in Villa Nueva, another “red zone” area. Led by Elder and Monica Perez, AVIV hosts weekly social activities where some of the most vulnerable youth in the area can come to enjoy healthy community. Together with Jesus is Lord church, AVIV provides English classes and certified distance education with legal covering from the My Special Treasure Education Centre to vulnerable youth in the community. AVIV also provides training workshops for parents of their young people.
JESUS IS LORD CHURCH
Located in the Guatemala City suburb of ‘San Miguel Petapa,’ a region considered a “red-zone” meaning it is a poor area with an exceptionally high crime rate, Jesus is Lord church works with young people susceptible to gang activity involvement, abuse, violence and poverty in their homes. The Jesus is Lord youth group put on weekly social activities, run a discipleship and mentoring programme, and organise street evangelism events.
Founded by Ronald Mendez and directed alongside his wife, Shannon, DBO Ministries servant heartedly cares for and ministers to the Chimaltenango and Antigua communities. Coordinated alongside their team of volunteers, weekly events include Monday night services with child and adult shoe shiners, ‘Sale Antigua’ on a Friday night providing meals, worship time and Bible teaching for homeless adults and families, ‘DBO Kids’ on Saturdays teaching Bible principles and values, and ‘Breakfasts with Love’ on Sundays for shoe shiners and the homeless.
WE SIMPLY BELIEVE IN YOUNG PEOPLE
We see in them great value and potential, a well of energy and with a huge longing for justice and truth. They are qualified by their experiences for greater things but may need some help and encouragement to achieve them. They have the potential to become change agents in their communities, using their past hurts and disappointments to encourage others like they were once, to not only survive but to thrive.
POVERTY AND HARDSHIP IS RIFE IN GUATEMALA, MANY YOUNG PEOPLE COME FROM BROKEN HOMES, HAVE DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL, ARE LIVING ON THE STREETS, SCAVENGE FOR FOOD AND SELLING THEIR BODIES TO SURVIVE – WHILST FACING VIOLENCE EVERY DAY. FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE, THEIR START IN LIFE HAS BEEN HOPELESS.
NICODEMUS, HAVE HELPED ME TO LEAVE THE STREETS, GET BACK INTO SOCIETY AND BE A YOUNG ADULT WITH PURPOSE AND DREAMS. I HAVE SEEN MANY CHANGES IN MY LIFE. I NEVER IMAGINED ACHIEVING WHAT I HAVE NOW."