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Guatemala Mission Trip // GU021801

Ericka & Meredith Howard
Valley Falls, NY

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About my Fundraiser
This coming February, Meredith and I have the wonderful opportunity to serve children in need in a small, indigenous community in Guatemala. We will be traveling with a group from Christ’s Church Guilderland, and we are excited to spend a week bringing hope and love to hundreds of children who are faced with the effects of poverty daily.
In Guatemala, we will get to meet and serve alongside the local Guatemalan men and women who care for these children on a regular basis through the Cruz Blanca Learning Center. The director of the program, Rut Chamalé, is an amazing woman who has dedicated her life to serving impoverished children in her own country. The Learning Center touches the lives of 300+ children who receive nutritious meals, a daily vitamin, educational support, health interventions and spiritual mentoring.
The reason I want to go to Guatemala is to serve, and to be alongside Meredith for first mission trip. Rut has asked our team to do a few things that will really help the Learning Center staff enhance their ability to share God’s love with the children of Cruz Blanca. While in Guatemala, our team will visit families in the community, host a special Bible program with the children that will include story-telling, singing, games and creative activities, and provide teacher training for the staff of the Learning Center. We have been given so much, and we’re truly looking forward to sharing our time, talents and resources to help children in need. Meredith and I are also very excited to meet the little boy our family sponsors, Nestor.
Send your love to Guatemala…
First and foremost, we would greatly appreciate your prayer support as our team prepares to go and serve these precious children and the adults who teach them. Our main focus is to show God's love to all we meet. Pray that our hearts would be filled to overflowing with love, and that their hearts would be soft and ready to receive that love.

I'm so proud of Meredith, who has been working diligently for the last couple of years to save all the funds for her own trip. As of December 29th, I'm within $500 of my fundraising goal. I’m hoping for:
1 friend to donate $100
3 friends to donate $50
5 friends to donate $25
10 friends to donate $10
My final payment is due January 10, so please send in any financial support by January 8, 2018. 
Thank you so much for praying for and also for considering supporting my trip. I can’t wait to tell you all about it when we return!

With love and deep gratitude,
Ericka Howard

p.s. There is a family of four in our travel group who is fundraising for themselves, so if I happen to receive more support than I need, I will be donating any extra towards their travel expenses.