After fleeing violence in their Guatemalan town, but with their way to relatives in California blocked by continuing U.S. asylum restrictions, a family of 15 joined an Advent candlelight ceremony organized by their shelter just south of the border.
A group from a Kansas City United Methodist Church left on a mission trip to Guatemala, not knowing their biggest mission would be finding a way back home. Fourteen students ages 14 through 17 and five adults are stuck in Guatemala.
Christian ministries in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador know they are in for a tough year. The US government has drastically cut aid to the three Central American countries in response to the large number of refugees who have fled north to seek asylum in
Guatemala is one of the biggest sources of migrants to the US, and across the highlands of this poor Central American country, churches and clergymen also play a role in the booming business of people-smuggling.
Using bags of groceries and crayons, 10 members of First Baptist Church, Lee's Summit, shared Christ's love in impoverished San Marcos, Guatemala.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — It was set up just like any other Baptist meeting. Pastors greeted each other with calls of “hey brother,” a keyboard player led participants in singing hymns and praise choruses, and food was available at every break.