• Our History
In 2013, Good Shepherd sent a few folks to Guatemala to explore whether a long-term partnership in ministry was of interst to Guatemalans. We were excited by their enthusiasm, and the connection blossomed from there. Over time, groups from Good Shepherd have built a church and a playground in Choaxan as well as playrounds in Paxot and Xepacol. These buildings are tools for the deep and rich power of Christ to work in these communities.
• The Experience
Good Shepherd’s Guatemala ministry represents and partners with the church that is already present in Guatemala. We are working for God, and God is present in Guatemala all the time. God is everywhere. No experience in construction work is required, but a strong love for Christ and work ethic will go a long way to ensuring you get the most of the work we do in Guatemala. Our mission is to experience the presence of God in Guatemala through our love for people and work in their communities. The things travelers will learn are magnificent memories to be cherished forever.
Travelers will need to get immunizations for Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Tetanus before traveling with the group to Guatemala. The journey includes a plane ride, customs, and a bus to Choaxan. Many ask, “is it safe?” Risks accompany any kind of travel. However, if you feel safe in the Northland of Kansas City, you will feel safe in Choaxan. It is a vibrant community with incredible people.
The cost for each person will be approximately $2,000. This covers plane tickets, transportation, hotel stay, the cook and food at the hotel and other costs associated with the mission trip. It will not cover spending money for souvenirs or travel meals. Grant opportunities can be found with a little research. A good place to start is through the United Methodist Foundation at www.mumf.org. You can also write personal fundraising letters to family members or save gifts from holidays and birthdays.
Sue (Pike-Bower) Danubio, Guatemala ministry director