Our fundraisers in November were INSANE. Our goal was to raise the operating budget of $58,024, which to be honest, was a stretch. We’ve never raised that much money in two nights. We ended up raising just over $70,000.
This is what that extra money will do.
We usually build one, maybe two, houses a year but right now we have THREE houses scheduled, and it’s just January! Keep an eye out for photos and updates. We’re actually praying about building a fourth house. I recently met a pastor in our little village who is a former gang member! He’s in the middle of building a home for his family. When I say “in the middle of building his home”, I mean that literally.
In the villages of Guatemala, people START building a home with all the money they have. Then, the house sits, until they have another chunk of money. It might take a family 5 years to build a home. Pastor Carlos is building a very humble, one room home, and his walls are 5ft. high. We’d like to come in, add a room, a bathroom, and kitchen and finish it. We’ll keep you updated.
Raising more money also means that we were able to buy $1,000 worth of water filters. We give water filters to every family we find that’s drinking contaminated tap water. (90% of all water in Guatemala contains fecal matter.) We’ve already identified 3 families who will get filters.
One last thing. For the first time in my life, I’m focusing on memorizing scripture. Can I just say, I LOVE IT! What are your favorite scriptures? Do you memorize scripture? How do you do it? Let me know if you’re interested in the technique I’m using.
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