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Why We’re Going to Guatemala Twice

Six teams from Hoboken Grace will travel around the world this year, serving people on multiple continents and in multiple ways. Two of those teams will head to Guatemala to work with the nonprofit Potter’s House, but the two trips are completely different.

The first trip, from March 3-10, will serve the community of Chiquimula, where Potter’s House has recently expanded its outreach efforts. The team will build anything needed — from homes to sanitation facilities — and visit with several families, in addition to working on any other projects Potter’s House needs help with.

“Hoboken Grace was one of the first teams to go with Potter’s House to build and serve the people of Chiquimula,” said Anthony, Hoboken Grace’s Outreach Director. “We’re doing it again because the need is greater and they have found that teams don’t necessarily head into the more rural towns.”

A team of 13 people from Hoboken Grace visited Chiquimula last spring, building stoves and sanitation facilities while also building into the people who live in the community. They also visited two dumps in Chiquimula and Guatemala City, where a community of scavengers earn their day’s wages by salvaging and selling whatever they can find. The team met with several families, giving them Bibles and food and spending time talking and praying with them.

The second trip (May 15-19) will coincide with the Potter’s House staff’s annual retreat. The team from Hoboken Grace will lead worship and help build into and encourage those on staff.

“That trip is really to serve the staff of Potter’s House,” said Anthony. “I’ve seen firsthand how hard they work, serve and love the people of Guatemala, and this is an opportunity to love and serve them.”

The team will also throw a party for the married couples who lead the organization, who don’t often get to spend a night out because of the long hours they work, Anthony said.

Both trips cost approximately $1,500, and fundraising is encouraged.

Anyone interested should email anthony@hobokengrace.com to get updates on upcoming meetings and/or submit a trip application by Feb. 28 (for the March trip) or April 1 (for the May trip). You can also find more information about all of Hoboken Grace’s mission trips here.

 

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