And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward. Matthew 10:42
In 1996, the country emerged from a 36-year-long civil war in which hundreds of thousands of people were lost. In 2009, the country declared a “state of public calamity” bringing to the surface a severe hunger crisis that was sweeping the nation.
The “dry corridor,” located in eastern Guatemala, is said to be an area of severe malnutrition as a result of adverse weather, poor soil, and the global economic turndown. In this corridor, it is estimated that 54,000 people go hungry on a daily basis. According to UNICEF, nearly half of Guatemalan children suffer from severe malnutrition. The chronic hunger rate for children (49.8 percent) is the highest in the region and the fourth highest in the world.
As a result, over 75 percent of the country’s population falls below the poverty line.
Illiteracy, infant mortality, maternal mortality, and starvation are among the highest in this region. To compound the situation, the country is victim to organized crime and gang-related activity, as well as recurring natural disasters including hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and mudslides, destroying the lives of people living in vulnerable areas.
Infectious diseases complicate the problem. Food-borne or waterborne illnesses such as bacterial diarrhea, Hepatitis A, and typhoid fever are common, as is dengue fever, malaria, and leptospirosis.
This country, though beautiful in appearance—picturesque, even—is overwhelmed by crime, poverty, and severe malnourishment.
Cross Creek is working with Hope of Life International to reach the people of Guatemala with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. We have “adopted” a village in Los Jocotes, Guatemala, that has never seen or heard of any missionaries before. We are very excited to see what God is doing there, after putting in a water well, planting trees, running a medical clinic and doing a V.B.S. this past October. We look forward to doing even more during this years mission trips.
Our trips this year will be: May and October. Please contact the church if you are interested in joining us. You can also follow us on our Guatemala Facebook page.
**There is an application and interview process prior to leaving. Click here for to download the application.