From Appalachia to Guatemala: VIM team report


“Grace and peace to you all from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:2 NIV).

From July 2 to July 12, 2019 a small United Methodist Volunteers in Mission team from West Virginia was on the ground in the beautiful but harsh Central American country of Guatemala.

The team worked five days in the remote village of Covadonga. Covadonga is the same village this team has worked in the last two years in July.

God was with us as we continued to build relationships and share the love of Jesus with the good, but practically forgotten, people of Covadonga. The team painted the inside and outside of the village’s new community building, helped install ONIL water filters in several homes, and had a three-day VBS program for over 100 of the village’s tiniest residents!

We also had the awesome privilege of laying-on-hands and praying for one resident who was sick and one older resident who was near death.

The team would like to extend a special heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the individuals, families, and organizations who contributed to the fund for the roof of the new village community building.

With God’s help, between January and the beginning of July, the team was able to raise the required $10,000 USD for the roof of the much needed Covadonga multipurpose community building. We are so happy and thankful to report that on October 25, 2019 we received the email message from our partner organization in Guatemala telling and showing us that the roof has been installed!

This is indeed a big deal, folks! It would have been impossible for the people of the village of Covadonga to raise this much money on its own. Our Lord and Savior said, “”What is impossible with man is possible with God“” (Luke 18:27 NIV). Yes indeedy!

Blessings to all of you,
Elaine Benson, Peggy Laing, and Dean ColeTeam Co-Leaders