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Manuel leans against the bicycle cart his mother uses to sell hot food. He rides on his mother’s back when she goes into the city.

Encountering the trap of poverty in Guatemala

“Woman in large parts of the civilized world has been forced back by war, by poverty, by collapse, by the sheer struggle to survive, into a smaller circle of immediate time and space, immediate family life, immediate problems of existence” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh Luis is nine years old. He is in...
Jared Hensley helps with a game for residents at Casa Maria.

High schoolers experience service of accompaniment

St. John's high schoolers work with Escuela Integrada students on a craft for the residents at Casa Maria in Jocotenango. This week, 20 high schoolers and four chaperones from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury, North Carolina, helped the students and families of Escuela Integrada. At...
Storify: St. John’s Social Media Story, Group 1

Storify: St. John’s Social Media Story, Group 1

Check out this collective story from St. John's first mission team in Antigua.* The group used the hashtag #guatemala17 to tag their stories on social media. More stories can be found by searching #guatemala17 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.** *This story includes a sample of posts, but does not include...
High school graduate Juliana Anderson receives a hug from a child at Escuela Integrada on July 3, 2017.

High school graduate Juliana Anderson will carry mission from Antigua to college

Juliana Anderson walked along Calle Ancha de los Herreros in Jocotenango, passing many children who were not going to school. Instead, those children carried shoe shine boxes or other things to sell and walked toward the center of town to work for the day. “It’s a totally humbling experience,” said...
On Sunday, July 2, 20 high school students and five chaperones from St. John's Lutheran Church in Salisbury, North Carolina, arrived in Antigua to spend a week serving Escuela Integrada.

St. John’s mission group arrives in Antigua, eager to meet kids at Escuela Integrada

Twenty high schoolers from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury, North Carolina, arrived in Antigua on Sunday afternoon for a week-long mission with Escuela Integrada. The group met at St. John’s at 3:30 a.m. Eastern Time and traveled over 12 hours to Antigua. Though tired from a long travel day,...

Our Family’s Month in Guatemala

With each trip to Guatemala, we come here intending to make a difference. And each time we leave, we find that this place and these people are the ones who ultimately change us. This time was no different. On January 11th we headed south with our two children, Maddy (5)...