NEWS FROM THE FIELD - Operation Shoebox 2016 Update
We want to give you an update on Operation Shoebox 2016. Every year, we send at least two full 40' containers to Guatemala which are full of blessings for the children of Guatemala. It's always been that we send them in October; however, each year it seems to be taking longer and longer to get them through customs. Delays in customs creates pressure for us in making sure we have plenty of shoeboxes ready to distribute at the many outreaches for the shoebox group when they arrive the beginning of December. With that said, we are having to restructure how we send the containers out. So this year, we are going to send the first container in August and the second one in September, so that they arrive in Guatemala in plenty of time to clear customs and also be unloaded and prepared for distribution.
With the Operation Shoebox outreach, comes the cost of shipping each container and getting them through customs and to our campus in Quetzaltenango. It costs us over $7,000 per container and this does not include fees for an extended time in customs if that happens. Would you be willing to partner with us and help meet this budget, over and above? We know God is a big God and this cost is nothing for Him. If you would like to be a part of this outreach, you can CLICK HERE and sow today. As you do this, you will be a partaker in all the lives that are changed through this outreach.
It's always exciting to see growth in our ministry family. This month we want to share some exciting news about two new families; one that is returning to the mission field and a new family that just joined us.
We are excited to introduce the Gutierrez family. Jared, Kate, Faith, Nahum, Leon, and Emma. In December 2014, Jared and Kate attended the Shoebox trip. Four months later, they were already in Guatemala for their 30-day orientation and 13 months later, were missionaries with LWT on the mission field! They have only been in Guatemala for a matter of weeks, but they hit the ground running. Jared has been helping in the I.T. area and Kate is taking the position as principal in the ministry's ACE school which is located on our campus. If you would like to find out more about them, CLICK HERE.
And for our returning family - the Mejias: Dany, Kimberly, and Daniela are no strangers to the mission field. Kimberly is the oldest daughter of the co-founder and President of Living Water Teaching, Pastor Marion Zirkle Wright. She moved to Guatemala as a teenager and has spent most of her life there. Dany is from Guatemala originally, so he also grew up in and around the ministry. Their youngest daughter, Daniela, who was born in Guatemala, is returning with them. Dany and Kimberly have lots of experience coordinating and heading up the mission trips and we look forward to once again having them there pouring their energy into the groups and whatever else they will be doing. CLICK HERE to find out more about them and also stay connected as they travel the US itinerating and preparing to leave in August for Guatemala.