Archive for the ‘ICC Guatemala’ Category

Our Older ICC Children Need Your Help — Please Sponsor Today

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Sadly, there are young people in our projects that have no sponsors at all due to their age.

A photo of one of the older ICC children who needs a sponsor

Marienne — Congo

That’s why I am asking you today if you will be willing to make a difference for these older children in the children’s villages.

You can make such a tremendous difference if you will just make the decision to be that rock of strength and support that these older kids need right now. They need your prayers, your support and your love in their lives.

These young adults that were devastated by the choices of others at some point in their lives, now have the chance to really make something of their lives, and they almost always choose to help “pay back” for what they have received by helping our smaller children as well as others.

These kids are, and will be, the fruits of YOUR labor as sponsors and donors. Please, pray about this decision to open your life to these wonderful older kids who need you today. I know from my own experience just how much of a blessing I have received by sponsoring an older child, and I will be forever grateful for that opportunity.

Photos of older ICC children who need sponsors

These kids need your sponsorhsip!

Jesus tells us to “Love one another.” I cannot think of anything in this world that can have a greater impact of love than sponsoring one of these older kids and providing that hope that they cling to as they make their own choices for their futures.

Photos of older ICC kids who need sponsors

These kids need your support. Please, sponsor one of them today.

What a wonderful blessing it is to be a part of what Jesus wants for His kids. Please join me today!

In faithful service for His kids,

Doug Congleton
Executive Director, ICC

P.S. There are several older children just waiting to hear from you that you love and care for them. Please contact Alanna at our ICC office (800-422-7729) to find out more about a child who needs you right now! Thank you.

Pathfinders — A Blessing that You make Possible!

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Pathfinder programs that you make possible through your gifts are just one example of how your support is blessing ICC children.

Thank you for supporting the children so they can participate in the life-changing experiences of Pathfinders. This includes providing funds for uniforms and special activities like camporees.

What an amazing opportunity Pathfinder activities are for the children! These experiences will stay with them for a lifetime. On behalf of the children whose lives you touch with your generous support, thank you so very much.

“Thank you for supporting the children in the life-changing experiences of Pathfinders.”

In 2017, the SDA church in Inter-America organized a division-wide camporee in the Dominican Republic. Because of the cost and distance, the Los Pinos Pathfinder Club in Guatemala was not able to attend. However, the staff organized their own camporee-type activity with another local club that was newly formed and had never been to a camporee before.

Your support of Pathfinders gives the children an opportunity to learn important lessons and skills they can take with them through life.

Your support of Pathfinders gives the children an opportunity to learn important lessons and skills they can take with them through life.

The children participated in specialty classes (honors) that included Basic First Aid, Orienteering, Family Life, Cats, Trees and Shrubs, and Human Sexuality (taught by the new psychologist).

Other events included competitions, physical activities, spiritual activities, marching and an investiture. The children also had the opportunity to share their faith by traveling to the local town of Poptun to pass out books to people on the streets. According to Joel Carpio, Los Pinos director, “it was a great blessing, and our kids enjoyed sharing experiences with this new club.”

Since the Inter-American Division camporee was held in the Dominican Republic, the Las Palmas children had a great desire to participate. Your support made this possible, and the children had a wonderful time!

The Las Palmas children thank you for providing funds for uniforms and the opportunity to attend the recent camporee. What a blessing you are for the children!

The Las Palmas children thank you for providing funds for uniforms and the opportunity to attend the recent camporee. What a blessing you are for the children!

Marching is one of the highlights for any camporee. At this event, the march was done by zones or regions. Our Las Palmas kids were blessed to be selected to be part of the group in the exhibition march. According to Samilin, Las Palmas Director, they marched really well and were well received by the people from the other countries. Undoubtedly this was an experience which was unique and once in a lifetime for them.

Mealtime was quite unique because none of the Pathfinder clubs were allowed to cook in the camp area because so many people were attending (more than 10,000). Meals were prepared and brought in from another location. The children would get very hungry while waiting, but when the food finally arrived, they would give a lot of thanks to God for the food and all His blessings.

According to Samilin, the opening ceremonies were spectacular for the kids. They had never seen nor participated in an activity like that and were awestruck by the beauty and the many colorful lights from the fireworks. While this was happening, our club leader and chaplain, Kauri, was comparing this to what it might be like at Jesus’ second coming, when the whole heavens will open and be filled with angels ready to seek His children. The children marveled at this spectacle and shouted with joy that it was like it might be when Jesus comes. Kauri urged the children to prepare to be able to shout with joy and happiness when we see that spectacle.

Pathfinder activities provide the staff a special time to mentor the children.

Pathfinder activities provide the staff a special time to mentor the children.

The Las Palmas children very much enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to experience this once in a lifetime event that you helped make possible for them. Here are words of appreciation from Samilin that she wrote especially for you:

Dear Donors,

I want to take this opportunity to thank you in a very special way for your generous donations which made it possible for one of the most beautiful dreams of these kids to come true — to be able to shine in their Pathfinder uniforms. This is one of the activities that they most enjoy, but at the same time it helps them in a very important way in their growth as persons academically and spiritually. They learn many useful things for their lives in the Club, and we can certainly say these experiences will go with them for the rest of their lives.

The experience that the kids had at the Inter-American Camporee was unforgettable. Thanks to God and the donations from our supporters and friends, our Pathfinders had the fun experience of sleeping in very good quality Coleman tents, and they got to participate in all the activities.

Thanking you with all my heart for your donations and the interest that you show to make it possible for our boys and girls to develop,

Sincerely yours,

Samilin Williams
Executive Director

— A Message of Concern From the President —

I’m concerned. I don’t worry that God can provide for His kids through this ministry. But I am human, and feel concern as I see that donations this year are running behind last year and budgets are not being met for our children’s villages. It might not seem that it would make much of an impact if you neglect to send a donation, or delay your support for a couple of months. But it all adds up and makes a big impact on the funds for our children.

So I pray that God will heal my concern and prove once again that He will provide for all His children, and that includes you, dear friend.

Rick Fleck

A New Life — Thanks to You!

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Three children arrive at the gate of the Los Pinos children’s village in Guatemala. Valentina and Debora are nine-year-old twins. Their 11-year-old brother, Joel, is with them. His little body aches as he suffers from Dengue fever.

Their father is dead. Long before his death he had abandoned the family. This left the mother and children to struggle on their own. Eventually, it was just too much. The children’s court realized that the mother could not provide for them and sent Joel, Valentina and Debora to Los Pinos.

Tired… hungry… scared… sick.

Because of you, these three childen have been rescued!

After entering through the gate, the children are welcomed into their new Los Pinos family.

You help to propel this ministry for orphans!

Joel receives immediate medical care. The children bathe, put on a fresh set of clothes and eat a nourishing meal. They are accepted into the family and settle into the family routine. For this day, they have found a refuge and a place of healing.

But there is so much more that they need. Having been abandoned, they have deep scars and fears about being left behind by someone they love. They need reassurance that they won’t be abandoned again. They need you to stand beside them and help provide for their on-going care!

Your recurring, monthly gift will help provide the food, clothing, education, or medical care Joel, Valentina, Debora, or another child like them, needs. You will make an ongoing difference in the life of a child.

You have shown great interest in the lives of children who have been orphaned and abandoned.

Though it may not be feasible for you to provide help to children in person, your generous gift will help to restore the lives of children like Joel, Valentina and Debora. With your help, they can continue building on the new start they have been given. Won’t you please help them today?

To support one of these children, please use this link — https://secure-q.net/Donations/CCare/1468

Thank you!

ICAP Secondary School Update

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

In November, the ICAP secondary school in Guatemala celebrated the graduation of 43 students. Of those who graduated, five were from the ICC Los Pinos children’s village.

A new school year has begun and with it there is a new school director. His name is Carlos Mauricio Ordoñez Batz.

Currently there is an enrollment of 351 students. Forty-three students are enrolled in what would be considered Junior High or Middle School in the US. The largest class is for students studying agriculture. There are 181 students enrolled in that program. The next largest class is auto mechanics which has 50 students enrolled. The remaining students are taking course work in such fields as accounting, computers, biology and education.

For more details about ICAP click on the following link to view a promotional video:

http://www.facebook.com/icapoficial/videos/1514055732159492/

A Letter From ICAP

Friday, August 30th, 2013

ICC’s presence in Guatemala includes not only the Los Pinos Children’s village but also the ICAP secondary school. This school has expanded and developed into a wonderful institution that benefits ICC children those from the region.

We recently received the following update from Dr. Alejandro D’Oleo who is ICC’s Director of Education.

My dear brethren and friends,

May the peace of God be with you today and always.

This is to inform you about the latest news about ICAP. I’m pleased to inform you that God has performed a great miracle for ICAP. The Nursing Degree program was approved to start in 2014 with the support of San Carlos University, even though not all of the documentation has been completed that we are working on. Also, we are working on starting to offer as of 2014 a few other degrees which were approved by the MINEDUC (Ministry of Education).

Our school had a good showing in its participation in the Science Olympics, obtaining first prize in biology. They also participated for the first time in an academic activity carried out by the Guatemala Adventist Union at a national level, and they managed to get second place with a very small margin – they almost got first place. In another area, our band has been representing ICAP in several events. Right now they are participating in an activity for bands in the capital city of Guatemala, and they are preparing to participate in the civic activities which will soon take place in this department (province).

However, sadly, not all the news is good. The day after we got the good news regarding approval of the nursing program, two of our graduating students who had just completed their social service work were returning to ICAP by motorcycle, and they had an accident near the Blue Lagoon (on the road from Poptun). One perished in the accident, and the other is in delicate but stable condition in the hospital. This situation has created a very sad atmosphere at ICAP, especially because the young man who died is from the Miranda family who have been a big support to the institution.

Please, I ask for your prayers for ICAP. The enemy is working against our institution. Every year around graduation we have had accidents that bring pain to the ICAP families. However, we have nothing to fear of the future than that we forget the way God has led ICAP in the past.

Thanks very much for your prayers.

Sincerely,

Alejandro D’Oleo
ICC Director of Education and supervisor of ICAP

Los Pinos Receives Juicy Donation

Friday, July 6th, 2012

We received a message recently from Anabela de Alejos, our development coordinator in Guatemala, about a donation made to our Los Pinos Children’s Village. Here is the story as related by Anabela;

ICC’s Hogar Los Pinos project in Guatemala has people that love the work we are doing for the children. When they hear something about a company or any organization making donations, they call and recommend Los Pinos.

The truck load of orange juice and citrus punch from Ajemaya, S.A. destined for ICC's project Los Pinos and Orphan Resouces.

The truck load of juice donated by Ajemaya, S.A. to ICC Guatemala, the Los Pinos Children's Village and Orphan Resources

One of ICC’s friends in Guatemala heard about a company called Ajemaya, S.A. This company was looking for associations or social organizations to whom they could donate orange juice and citrus punch. ICC’s friend immediately thought of our children and made a referral. The company contacted us and offered to give us 24 pallets of their product if we would be willing to distribute it where needed.

Unloading the juice donated by Ajemaya, S.A. to Los Pinos

Unloading the juice donated by Ajemaya, S.A. to Los Pinos

We partner with an organization here in Guatemala called Orphan Resources. They have given us various gifts-in-kind that have been a blessing to our children. It was a pleasure to be able to work with them in distributing this donation. Because of the large supply, we were able to distribute juice to other facilities that help orphan children. Our Los Pinos children’s village received 9 pallets. Another 41 orphanages also received a supply of juice. We are very thankful for this company because they chose to share their product with our children.

May God bless all of our donors. With your support we can help many children who need it.

Anabela de Alejos
Development Coordinator
Hogar Campestre Adventista Los Pinos

Sarahʼs Story

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

The following is a personal account from Sarah Johnston. Her story was featured by Alcyon Fleck in the July 2012 edition of ICC’s Que Pasa Newsletter.

This is my story about how the Lord has been with me through the years. I was born in 1980 in a Mayan village in Guatemala. There was a civil war going on in Guatemala at that time. I was still a baby when a battle took place in my village in which many people were killed. I was on my mother’s back when a bullet took her life and wounded my feet.

This is all I know about the family I was born into, and the people of my village. In spite of the tragedy God was looking out for me, even though I did not know Him at that time. God sent a nice man who loved children to find me and a little boy. He took us to the military hospital in Guatemala City.

At the hospital they gave me the name “Mercedes Lopez.” The little boy and I did not stay at the hospital for long because the general that found us knew of a lady that loved children and had an orphanage in Guatemala called Los Pinos. The general called Mrs. Fleck and told her to come and see the two children he found. She did come to the military hospital to see us. I was about ten months old and stood in my crib when Mrs. Fleck saw me. The boy’s name was Lazaro, and he was even years old. He had a wound on his head and his hand.

In the limousine on the way to Mrs. Fleck’s home I sat on her lap and Lazaro sat close beside her. Not knowing where I was going I began to scream in terror and clung to Mrs. Fleck’s neck so hard that she could barely breathe. Mrs. Fleck was so nice to me and the boy. She rocked and held me until I went to sleep. In the morning Mrs. Fleck took us to the “Los Pinos” [children’s village] in Guatemala.

Sarah's First Days at Los Pinos

Sarah (in the yellow dress) not long after she came to live at Los Pinos

Juana, one of the ladies that worked at “Los Pinos,” took me to a house where the house mother could handle another little one. I do not know how long I was at “Los Pinos,’ but I do know that God was still looking out for me. Little did I know that God already had a good Christian family for me. This family lived in Vermont on a farm. They had two older children and a little baby boy, but the mother was praying that God would give her a little Indian girl. So when she found a little picture with a story of me in the Adventist Review it touched her heart, and she knew I would fit in the family if it was God’s will.

But it took nine months until they got me, even though they thought I would come at Christmas. It was a good thing I did not come at Christmas because Christine, the mother, had an operation in January and it took her a long time to heal after the operation. When she tried to do so she had a terrible headache which made it impossible for her to stay up or eat sitting erect. After much prayer the Lord urged her to exercise in the snow crawling around crying out for God’s help to be fit for her children and Sarah.

Sarah Lisa was the name they chose after they were told of Mercedes. In God’s time, exactly nine months later, the three year old came and “mommy” was well enough to receive her girl. Roger, the father, had almost traveled to Guatemala to pick me up since they were told to do so by the orphanage, but as it turned out he did not need to since Mrs. Fleck had another girl to bring and brought me up with her. Christine bought a pretty pink and white dress and shoes and mailed it away to Guatemala for me. And then they waited at the Boston airport until the plane I was on arrived. They found me with the pretty dress. I looked like a doll. Christine ran and picked me up. I looked surprised and they were surprised at how small I was.

Sarah After Joining Her New Family

Sarah after she was adopted into her new family

My new family was prepared for crying and a sleepless night as we all slept in a hotel. But I slept and their one and a half year old baby boy slept also. On the long trip home we stopped to get some food, and that is when they found out that I had the biggest appetite a tiny girl could have. I ate until all of the food was gone, and Christine wondered if maybe she gave me too much. Eating was something that I knew how to do. The next day my mom was shocked at how my little tummy got so big. Then she discovered that I had eaten five big pancakes. All night my mom worried that I may be sick, and yet I lived through it. I clung to my mother’s neck as she carried me up into the bedrooms, and I would not let go until she put me into my crib.

My mom was a good mother. She loved me and taught me about Jesus, but sad to say, I wasn’t always a nice little girl or have Jesus in my heart. I used to get so angry at my mom and brother, and I also stole. What made it worse was that I lied to my mom. It made her sad and Jesus, too, but thank God my mom did not give up on me. She did a lot of praying for me, and God answered her prayers. I asked Jesus into my heart when I was sixteen and was baptized.

I used to wonder why God spared my life and not my mom’s, but now I know why, because He wanted to use me to tell others of Him. I really do like children and they like me. My mom did some babysitting, and I helped her with the children. When I was twenty-eight, I helped take care of three foster children. I enjoyed it a lot. I sang Jesus songs with them and read stories to them. They enjoyed it, too. I become an aunt when I was seven and a half year old. I do not mind being an aunt, because I love my nieces and nephews. The only thing is that they all grew big and tall and I stayed short. But that’s OK.

I left home when I was twenty-nine and went to work up at Laurelbrook Academy. I worked at the nursing home doing different things. I also worked in the garden with some of the students. I also worked at the day care. I enjoyed doing that. I also helped out in Sabbath School with the little children.

Sarah Today

Sarah as she is today

Now I am thirty-one and married, and I know God will still use me as long as I am willing to be used. It does not make any difference how big or small or how old you are or what your background is or was. He can and wants to use you to help others to be ready when Jesus comes. May my story be an encouragement that God does work things out in our lives for His good. One of my favorite Bible verses is “All things work out together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

May God bless you,
Sarah Johnston

Dawn With Christ at Los Pinos

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Recently we had an early morning of prayer on Sabbath where we all participated from 4 am to 6 am. This is part of our spiritual enrichment program. It was interesting to see the participation of each home. We prayed for the requests of each one and for ICC, Rick, Sharon, the sponsors, the projects and much more.

Praying in the church

Residenst of Los Pinos gather to pray together during Dawn With Christ

Los Pinos residents gather to pray together during Dawn With Christ

Los Pinos residents gather to pray together during Dawn With Christ

Joel Carpio
Administrator Los Pinos Children’s Village

32nd Anniversary Celebration For Los Pinos

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

October 28-30, we were celebrating the 32nd anniversary of our Los Pinos Children’s Village. We had some of our children visiting us, including Salvador Asicona, Manuel Lopez, Esteban Paredes (son of Berta Ochoa), Alex Gonzales and others. It was an unforgettable experience and we enjoyed having them with us.

Alumni of Los Pinos gather for the 32nd anniversary.

Alumni of Los Pinos gather for the 32nd anniversary

Joel Carpio
Administrator Los Pinos Children’s Village

ICC Students Win Olympiad

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

On September 30, students from ICAP, ICC’s boarding academy in Guatemala, placed first in the Guatemalan National Agronomy Science Olympics. The event was held at the Adolfo V. Hall Institute in the city of Retalhuleu.

This nation-wide contest is conducted by Guatemala’s National School of Agriculture and involved the participation of fourteen secondary schools from throughout Guatemala which offer agricultural and forestry programs.

Image of the official poster of the Olimpiada de las Cienceas Agronomicas 2011

Official Poster of the Olimpiada de las Cienceas Agronomicas 2011

Our students from ICAP scored a total of twelve points during the competition and judging. They received one gold medal, four silver medals and a bronze medal. Their score placed our students first among all the participating schools. Congratulations to our ICAP agricultural students for their first-place finish in the first annual National Agronomy Science Olympics.

Our students accomplishments in this competition are further evidence of why ICC places such a high value on the Christian education our children receive at each one of our projects. It is through their education that our kids learn the value of both the individual and team effort it takes to achieve success and become a positive contributor within their culture.

Thank you for all you do for “His Kids” that helps to provide not just an education for our children but a home, a family and a second chance at the life our kids truly deserve.

Thanks for reading!

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC