May 25

Making dreams come true: one life at a time. Buckner International

Guatemala (MNN) — What is your life’s dream? Perhaps you dream of owning a Ferrari, or climbing Mountbuckner 4buckner 5Everest.


A mom in Guatemala recently told Albert Reyes, President and CEO of Buckner International, her dream was to read the Bible for herself.

“That just really kind of impacted me. I call it like a ‘Holy Spirit ambush,’ ya know? I wasn’t ready for that,” Reyes says.

Dreaming big in Guatemala
Reyes and Buckner Guatemala staff first came in contact with Maria Elena Raymundo when her daughter, Dulce, received a new pair of shoes through Buckner’s Shoes for Orphan Souls ministry. Dulce happened to get the ministry’s 3-millionth pair earlier this year.

“The shoes make a huge difference because if she didn’t have the shoes, she would be walking around barefoot and…[her home is located in] rocky, kind of hilly terrain, with sticks and other things that could cut a child’s foot,” recalls Reyes.

If children cut their feet while playing barefoot, Reyes explains, bigger problems arise quickly.

“If they step into contaminated water, parasites and other bacteria in the water get into their bloodstream…and the parasite will work its way up to their heart and kill them.”

Not only do they protect the health of children, new shoes are a “big deal” in Jocotenango, the Raymundo family’s hometown. Filled with desperation and extreme poverty, the Antigua subdivision is known for its high rates of unemployment and violence.

Owning things like new shoes and a stove can sometimes seem like impossible dreams in Jocotenango. But, with the help of Buckner and its partners, some of those dreams are coming true.


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May 16

Missionary news from Timothy Martiny, May 2015

Missionary news from Timothy Martiny, May 2015

This month I, Tim, was invited as a guest on Channel 27, the Guatemalan Christian TV station. It was during a telethon fund raiser for a local ministry called Brazos de Amor y Misericordia which serves poor, needy families in rural Guatemala.

I was asked to share about how we came to Guatemala as missionaries and our ministry here. It was a wonderful opportunity to share what God has helped us accomplish and to challenge people to seek a Biblical perspective on what it means to live a generous life.

The greatest example of generosity in the Bible is that of our heavenly Father who gave His only Son to die for us on the cross so that we could be redeemed and forgiven for our sins. When we fully realize the entirety of what God gave to us, how can we not give of our time, abilities and resources to help those in need?

Culinary Arts
Sharie had a lot of fun with the girls in the cooking club. Some of the dishes they learned to make were cashew chicken, blondies, German pancakes with fried potatoes and sausages, tomato basil soup, bread sticks, mango steak salad and carrot cake cupcakes.

Strategic Development in Orphan Care
One of the new roles that Tim has taken on lately is a greater involvement in the reorganization, planning, research and implementation of best practices in orphan care for one of the orphanages we partner closely with.

We ask for your prayers for him as he works closely with the director to provide these children, who are so close to God’s heart, with the love and care they need to grow into happy, healthy adults with a proper knowledge of God and the clear understanding of His word.

Julia’s Birthday
Our oldest daughter, Julia, turned 16 this month. and we want to ask for your prayers for her in this coming year. She is a wonderful girl we are so proud of her.

She makes good grades in school, loves to study, loves God, has a heart for service, is active in our church youth group and our mission work. We don’t know what God has in store for her life. But we are content to see that she is actively seeking to live a life that glorifies Him.

We are trying to figure out what to do for her in regards to her upcomingcollege and university studies and would appreciate it if you would join us in prayer as we try to decide what to do.

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May 15

Aging-Out Initiative Webinar – CAFO- Orphan Care


W. Scott Brown is the Christian Alliance for Orphans aging-out initiative coordinator. He led the Alliance’s June 2013 Alliance Webinar on this Aging-Out Initiative, which is available below.

Scott’s Story

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Successful Life Transition for Aging-Out Orphans from Christian Alliance for Orphans on Vimeo.

May 13

Love the Child Orphanage Construction Project.

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We provide comprehensive care and developmental support for abandoned, orphaned, and abused children in Guatemala. We currently provide high quality full-time child-care and medical care for the children in our home. It is an inclusive environment, with over half of the children being brought to the home as newborns. Our goal is to enable these children, through loving relationships with caring adults and with one another, to develop into healthy and complete image bearers of God who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and who will have a positive effect on their culture and their world.

Our Goal is to build a first rate home for the children with a controlled climate including filtered air and temperature and humidity control. The play areas will be in an atrium with 360 windows for maximum natural lighting. The bedrooms will be slightly heated with hot water in the poured concrete floors. The design is based on the “Disneyworld concept”; all utilities will be in the basement, so that areas for children will be free and focused on their special needs. We will employ a range of developing techniques to demonstrate and reap the benefits of sustainable energy and water harvest and usage. This will include solar electricity with a separate LED lighting system, Solar hot water, recycled grey waters and rain water catchment. love the child render PROPERTY

DEVELOPMENT: 1.73 ACRES on sloping terrain Amor del Niño Home for children. Lot 36,37 Col Labor de Castilla I, zn 9 Mixco, Guatemala 11500 sqft main building to include play and therapy areas, dormitories, kitchen, laundry, offices and training areas. The designed capacity is 50 infants and a staff of 25 plus offices for a Foster care management and training team.



Contact Info: Steve OsbornSteve Osborn



TEl: 985-664-9641



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