Good Shepherd Ministries in Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala rescues orphaned children in partnership with Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina. Through a compassionate orphanage, caring family-style cottages and medical clinic, boys and girls find hope in a culture plagued by poverty, alcoholism and chronic malnutrition. Here, they are introduced to the unconditional love of Jesus
The Good Shepherd Children’s Home, the Westmoreland Family Children’s Home, the Mae Home (coming soon), and the Good Shepherd Medical Clinic are operated by Good Shepherd Ministries in affiliation with Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH). Baptist Children’s Homes utilizes its residential child care expertise to ensure the boys and girls are provided the highest quality of care.
Why an orphanage in Guatemala?
The ministries are located in Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala, the second-largest city in the country. The missionaries and staff serve the indigenous children and families of the region known as the Quiché.
Families either do not want them or cannot care for them. Infants have been discovered in cardboard boxes, rusty carts, public wash stations and by the river. These children, who are left to fend for themselves, seldom survive.
Who are the children?
In the beginning we will serve infants through five years of age. Most of the children in our care will come from the rural indigenous tribe of the Quiché.
Why do children come?
Abandonment is rampant. In Guatemala City, a child is abandoned every four days; 75% of them are newborns. The estimated number of children abandoned in rural areas is even higher. Children are abandoned because their families do not want them, do not know how to care for them or cannot afford to provide for them. Many children are left to live on the streets to fend for themselves. Very few of these boys and girls survive. We will help care for these children and provide them with a loving and safe home.
Guatemala Children Statistics
According to UNICEF, there are more than 370,000 orphans in Guatemala and at least 5,000 children live on streets of the capital, abandoned by mothers too poor to keep them.
14,600 children are orphaned per year from violent deaths of parents.
6,200 children disappear per year and annually there are 700 violent deaths.
84.9% indigenous people live in poverty
46% of children suffer from chronic malnutrition
How can people help?
Reach out a hand of hope. Prayer and financial support are vital for carrying out the mission of Good Shepherd Ministries. Without ongoing support, caring for Quiché children is impossible.
SPONSOR A CHILD
It costs $11 a day, $77 a week, sponsor an orphan. The $4,000 annual sponsorship provides a child with a caring home at Good Shepherd Children’s Home, nutritious food, clothing, medical care and other daily provisions. Most importantly, the gospel is shared with this precious child. A child sponsorship is a perfect outreach for a church, association or group. To sponsor a child, contact BCH’s Brenda Gray at 336-474-1230 or email@example.com. You can also make your sponsorship online by visiting www.bchnc.org/orphanreach.
Missionaries Roger and Vicki Grossman are passionate to see the people of Guatemala come to know Christ’s salvation. The full-time missionaries have served in Guatemala for a number of years. The couple oversee both the orphanage and medical clinic. Please support our missionaries. Just as the Grossmans care for the needs of Quiché villagers and children, they need support so they can provide for the needs of their family. You can support them at www.bchnc.org/gmissions by making an online guft.
TAKE A MISSION TRIP
In partnership with North Carolina Baptist Men, work teams are being put together to handle repairs and renovations on the building and property to ensure Guatemalan children have the best home and best care possible. Work teams are needed to assist with:
|- Masonry Work||- Plumbing|
|- Building a security wall||- Light electrical work|
|- Window repairs||- Painting|
|- General repairs||- Evangelistic outreach|
Giving online is the fastest way to help. Any amount will make a difference! To give, visit www.bchfamily.org/givenow and choose “Guatemala Orphanage” from the Designate your Gift menu.
CONTACT US TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
It is only through generous, ongoing support that Baptist Children's Homes an provide care to hurting hildren in Guatemala.
For more information, contact Brenda Gray, Executive Vice-President of Development and Communications, Baptist Children’s Homes of NC, Inc. at (336) 689-4442 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Toni Bowen, Guatemala Director of Development at (850) 691-7757 or email@example.com