Lights for Christ Scholarships in Guatemala
Divine Savior Lutheran Church, Zacapa, Guatemala
The families who live at the landfill have very limited means. The children are often needed to help gather recyclables from the landfill to help provide an income for the family. Education and medical care through the Lights for Christ Program is one means to help these children out of the cycle of poverty. The home in this photo is where one of the Lights for Christ families lives.
The children that live in the landfill do not have adequate nutrition or medical care. The Lights for Christ Program provides well rounded meals for the children at the Edie Jorns Boarding School twice a day during the school year. In cooperation with Divine Savior, Holy Cross has sent medical doctors to serve the community annually for the last three years. During their visit, the American doctors check the health of each child in the program and provide needed medicine
The Lights for Christ program developed by Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas and Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Zacapa, Guatemala will impact 12 impoverished Guatemalan children and their families who live in the Zacapa garbage dump by offering the life-saving Gospel of Christ, food and clothing, health and sanitation care, and school transportation to ‘the poorest of the poor’ with scholarships to attend Divine Savior Lutheran School. This education program covers most of their basic needs and equips these children in grades 7-12 to reach out into their community with the gospel. This request funds 90% of the projected costs for these youth to continue their education through high school. Since this scholarship program began, Guatemalan children and their families are worshiping at Divine Savior on a regular basis.
WHEREAS, Christ teaches us to make disciples of all nations; and
WHEREAS, the people who live in the municipal landfill in Zacapa, Guatemala, have very limited means to support their children spiritually and physically; and
WHEREAS, the Lights for Christ Program offers spiritual and academic education and physical substance to the children of the municipal landfill and teaches the children to reach out into the community to spread the Gospel; and
WHEREAS, donations are currently inadequate to fund the Lights for Christ Program for children in grades 7-12; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the delegates gathered at the 2019 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Convention in Mobile, Alabama, vote the sum of $95,000 to help fund Lights for Christ Scholarships.