is to serve God by meeting the spiritual and physical needs of
Guatemala's poorest children. Uplifting Children's Ministries
provides a range of programs for these children. Through
our child sponsorship program we provide food,
clothing, medical care, and schooling support for needy
in the Santa Rosa area of Guatemala. Our
mission also includes supporting youth
a feeding program for the homeless and alcoholics, and providing
English classes for children and
in the community to
assist in future job opportunities.
goal is to
and mentally, and to
help them grow spiritually.
The ministry began in late 2013 shortly after the founder David Lane went on a church mission to Guatemala and felt God's call to return and minister to the people there. Within a month he had sold all his household belongings and moved to Guatemala where he began working among the children in hospitals and orphanages near Antigua. In early 2014 he moved to the town of Guazacapan in the Santa Rosa area of southern Guatemala. He began his work there with the youth of some local churches. Later that year he also established the Uplifting Children's Ministries as a formal charity and began obtaining sponsors for some of the poorest children who had only a single parent or no parents to provide for them. Starting with 3-4 children he quickly expanded to include others. He also began working with additional youth groups and started a weekly feeding program for the alcoholics and homeless near his ministry. In addition to David, the ministry now has two full-time local Guatemalan staff workers and several U.S. based part-time volunteers who assist with the support of the ministry. David was formally ordained in 2015 as a minister in the Christian Church.
On my first visit to Guatemala I loved the children there and felt a personal calling to help the ones in need. Three years later my feelings have not diminished, only grown stronger. Guatemala is a very poor country with wonderful people who have not been able to achieve a life for their families that we take for granted. Uplifting Children's Ministries is not a large organization like some charitable groups, but we can make a difference in this small corner of Guatemala. I intend to see that it does.
During the past year my wife and I have made separate week long trips to the ministry. A work group of men from our church also visited in January. Each time we have all been very impressed with the enthusiasm and energy being put into the work there. The loving children and smiles are very heart warming. In a short period of time the ministry director, David Lane, has continually expanded the ministry's outreach in the community and is well know for its work there. Lives are being touched and family situations improved. The biggest immediate challenge for the ministry is monthly funding. Funds are always very tight even though no salaries are paid to anyone except the local Guatemalan staff. All the ministry directors and U.S based staff volunteer their time and energy because they truly believe in the mission. Many of the children of Guatemala need help with food, shoes, clothing, shelter, medical care, and a Christian influence in their lives. The needs are great and the resources are small. We know the director of Uplifting Children's Ministries Inc has a heart for children and has dedicated his ministry to helping as many as he can. He needs your help to carry the load.
The primary goal of Uplifting Children's Ministries is to strengthen the children of Guatemala physically, and help them to grow spiritually. The ministry aims to make a positive impact on poor families in the town of Guazacapan and the surrounding areas of Santa Rosa, Guatemala. In the next 3-5 years we expect to purchase land locally and build a permanent facility to house volunteer teams and provide activities for children and youth, such as classrooms, feeding areas, etc.
The ministry's strategy to achieve it's goal is to solicit support from individuals, churches, businesses, and foundations by way of personal contacts and social media. The ministry director travels back to the U.S. twice a year to personally spread the story of what is taking place in Guatemala and to obtain support. The volunteer staff also assists with this while he is working Guatemala.
The ministry has connections with several churches in the U.S. and a large Guatemala ministry in a different part of the country that periodically shares food, clothing, and supplies. The ministry also has a good volunteer staff and technical support for financial and social media.
The primary indicators for the ministry are the number of children being sponsored monthly, the number of children participating in youth groups, the number of alcoholics, homeless, and other people being fed.
The ministry has not been in operation very long but progress toward our longer term goals has been extremely encouraging. The needs are great in Guatemala but resources are limited. Only adequate funding and staff can limit growth of the ministry in the future.
An important activity of Uplifting Children's Ministries is a child sponsorship program. We search for children without both parents in the most needy areas of Santa Rosa Guatemala who need assistance. Monthly child sponsorship directly covers most of the child's schooling, two medical checks a year, as well as ensure that they have food, shoes, and clothes. All funds from sponsors go directly for the child. Additional costs of the program are covered from general funds.
Feeding program for local homeless and alcoholics near the ministry. All expenses are covered by general funds.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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