My heart broke as we learned that Jonathan’s father, one of the Vencedor Boys, had left to try to cross the border to find work in the States. Jonathan is the oldest of 3 and just started the 6th grade. His father has been out of work for over a year. He used to work delivering Pepsi products but about a year ago local companies started changing their rules and requiring at least a high school education for any job. Jonathan’s father grew up with a single mom and 5 other siblings and wasn’t able to continue his education past the 3rd grade. After a year of fighting and searching for a way to provide for his family, he reached the end of his rope and left with the hope of providing a better life for his family.
This story is one that is repeated constantly in Guatemala. Last year, we walked through the exact same situation with Cata. It’s the same heart-breaking story, just different characters. God has opened the doors for us in the past 2 years to provide job opportunities to single mothers in El Rosario. Through our partnership with PJ Finesse Baits and One Looms Designs, 7 mothers in El Rosario are able to earn a sustainable income, providing not only food on the table but hope and empowerment in their homes. One of our biggest dreams and prayers for this year and the years to come, is that God would expand the opportunities for employment and development in El Rosario. We are praying for growth and opportunities to continue to empower single mothers to take care of their children. We’re also praying for opportunities to hire men – fathers and husbands who long to provide and care for their families but aren’t able to do so because of a lack of job opportunities in the area. We don’t know what this looks like, but we know that God does. God desires for families to stay together. Through the Vencedor Boys Academy, we are able to teach boys what it means to be a man of integrity, worshiping God and loving their families. Our prayer is that He would open a door for us to help men be the fathers and husbands He created them to be by providing a way for them to take care of their family financially. Would you join us in praying for open doors and for more employment opportunities in El Rosario to continue to empower the amazing men and women who live there?
“Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.”