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Published Tue, Apr 30, 2019. Written by Ryan Getchell.

Greetings!

 

We at Mission Life thank you for your support. Because of your help, 2019 has proven to be an exciting year already. We are well on our way to funding the Child Hope Center in Kigali, Rwanda. In March, we launched a new partnership in Guatemala with 51 children up for sponsorship - 9 of them are already sponsored! If you would like to sponsor another child, please visit our sponsorship page.

 

Thanks to Manchester Christian Church, Mission Life was featured at all of their campuses on March 24 where many contacts were made, volunteers recruited, and 12 children sponsored.

 

Mission Life received an update from our Colombian partner, the Formavida Foundation where we have 79 children on our website, of which 43 are now sponsored. God has blessed our efforts through people like you who have come alongside to fulfill this dream to connect children with people who care, One child at a time.

 

Here is news from Formavida:

  • Since January of this year, the Oasis Program at Formavida has served 115 children on a daily basis.
  • This month, devotionals from the Book of John are being presented daily and explained at the various age-appropriate levels.
  • Oasis children from the community joined the new Formavida-sponsored soccer program (ages 6-11) which met for practices, and learned spiritual principles, on Saturdays and Sundays in the month of March. The children played in a tournament with other sports clubs and put into practice what they had learned.
  • The adolescents that actively attend at the Foundation, participated in Formavida workshops that involved making hand crafts, learning artistic wood burning, rock painting, and drawing.
  • Some of the teenagers participated in a project to learn how to bake and make pastries. The intention of teaching this skill is for the promotion of new employment opportunities and to sell the products they make.

We hope you will enjoy this video update from Formavida. Don’t forget to log in to your profile at by clicking here and send an message to your sponsored child. Any video updates from your child will be in your profile as well.

 

All of us at Mission Life continue to rejoice in God’s sure and timely provision for what He has called us to do.

 

God bless you,

 

Angel Galvis

Founder & CEO

 

 

Published Wed, Mar 27, 2019. Written by Ryan Getchell.

Mission Life is pleased to announce the newest addition to our partnership family, the Exodo Foundation!  Sponsorships are now available!

Click here to Sponsor a Child

Based in Villa Canales, Guatemala, the Exodo Foundation is an Umbrella organization that provides support and oversees the different aspects of ministry that includes Church Healing of the Nations, the Norma Ferrell Surgical Center, and village outreach to bring basic resources, evangelize, and provide deworming events.

Stephanie Hawley, the President of Foundation Exodo not only founded two churches, but has also been dedicated, since 1987, to bringing healing on a spiritual and physical level to anyone that she approaches. Stephanie and her team routinely travel hundreds of miles to places where no one else dares to go where they bring the good news of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Mission Life is excited to come alongside Exodo’s Samuel Ministry through our child sponsorship model. In addition to serving daily hot lunches, Samuel Ministry provides these precious, under-resourced children with Bible knowledge and spiritual growth, homework help and tutoring, arts and crafts, and sports activities. By using trained personnel, Samuel Ministry creates a wonderful, safe, and inviting place for personalized attention which fosters growth in the subjects in which the children need improvement.

In addition to sponsorships, Mission Life is seeking to raise funds to help Exodo expand their Child Center. Please visit our Child Center campaign for more information. Always remember: when we give, lives change.

Published Fri, Mar 15, 2019. Written by Ryan Getchell.

By: Angel Gavlis

 

Have you ever asked yourself what is your mission or purpose in life? Well, I believe our mission in life if to find our purpose; to find the reason why we were created (or, were born)!

I once read that the most important days of our lives are the day we were born and the day we die, but I asked myself “what about the time in between?”

Then I found the answer: the most important day in our lives is when you win the lottery...haha just kidding, or maybe not. See, life is a treasure hunt; we all search for something that will give life a meaning, we go through it, for the most part, trying to find happiness, a career, money, or for some, a purpose.

Well, I would like to tell you that the most important day in our lives is the day we find out why we were born. That is the day everything makes sense, even the reason to see death as a good destination, as the fulfillment of your journey.. and this is what I mean.

I am an immigrant from Colombia. I arrived in the States when I was 18 years old, running away from violence and scarcity. I was looking for an opportunity at life and I had an agenda full of ambition and luggage full of dreams. Soon after, I was able put all that I had criticized so harshly in the rear mirror.

I thought that opportunity would translate into wealth of some sort. And I certainly took advantage of it: I achieved success in many aspects of life. I was able to get the education I came looking for and the material things most of us wish for. But when I received my first look at the American Dream, I found that happiness still eluded me.

Has this ever happened to you, that no matter where you are in life: financially, relationally, or wherever you think success lies, a deeper meaning is missing?

Well, I was there, a couple of years into a life transformed in Christ, but still missing something.

Nonetheless, right in the middle of my life (or career), while doing a project for college, I had this spiritual encounter that provided insight into God’s purpose for my life. That turning point was a message through a psychology course project called “Vision Quest”. The Lord used this to give me “self-actualization”, the true meaning of self with Christ as the center of all.

You see, this project had nothing to do with spirituality, or Christianity, it was just a simple exercise to help us realize our purpose as human beings. I remember the instructions said: Just go where your instincts tell you to go. Let your "intuition" carry you. 
Just wander, but of course, do not do anything dangerous, to which I thought: “so what’s the fun in that?” Keeping in mind the whole time, that I was on a "quest." – a vision quest, and looking for signs on how this "quest" could lead to insight.

That weekend while I was doing that project, I came to my church’s service on Sunday, and in the program handout, there it was (the sign I didn’t even know I was looking for), in the worship program, the name of the message series to start the following week was… take a guess,“Vision Quest” You might think it was coincidence, but we all know God doesn’t do coincidence!

All through that time I realized my purpose was to create a way to give back some hope to the country I came from and to the unprivileged children of the world, so that by changing their lives, we can help change the destination of our world.

My purpose is Mission Life: a non-profit created to answer Jesus’ call to change the world by connecting children in need with people who care about them.

 

Change one life, change the world.

 

Published Thu, Mar 14, 2019. Written by Ryan Getchell.

By: Anita Oswald

 

A little over three months ago, Angel, the Founder and CEO of Mission Life, asked me if I wanted to be one of a handful of people that would travel to Antigua, Guatemala on a discovery trip to evaluate a potential partner organization. My only question was, “When do we leave?” Thankfully I knew what a discovery trip was, I wasn’t ready to look like an uninformed weirdo… Just yet anyways!

In the weeks leading up to our trip, I had many reservations, one being that there are active volcanoes, what happens if we are too close to one when it erupts? Turns out we were close enough to see them erupt, but not close enough to be in harm's way. This was actually one of the most majestic things I have ever seen in my entire life, to date. Nature can be absolutely stunning, but there is nothing like an erupting volcano to remind you that nature can also be devastating in it’s beauty.

But to stay on track… To say that I was prepared for Guatemala would be an understatement of epic proportions. I expected one experience and left having had an entirely different one. Please do not misinterpret that as a bad thing, because it was definitely not bad. On the contrary, it was amazing and I am entirely grateful to have not had the experience I was expecting!

Stephanie, the Founder of Exodo Foundation, where we stayed and the organization we were evaluating, went above and beyond to make sure that we were welcomed with the warmest reception, had as many creature comforts as she could have available, indulged all of our crazy American tourist habits, taught us all so many things about her faith, shared her testimony, and helped us all become better in our own faith… Though I still miss my Star Wars pajama pants: a story for another day!

In any case, for those reasons above, and because Stephanie was instrumental in introducing this rag-tag team from New Hampshire to the Samuel Ministry and Pastor Eddy, I will forever sing her praises. As a byproduct of Exodo Foundations efforts, the Samuel Ministry has implemented an after school children’s program that fits into exactly what Mission Life is looking for in partner organizations. So after six days of traveling around Guatemala, speaking to so many wonderful people, hearing many amazing testimonies, eating a ton of delicious food, and completing our discovery mission, the decision was made.

Only a few weeks ago it was announced that Exodo Foundation would become the newest partner to join the Mission Life family, and by extension, the Samuel Mission. This is incredible news because it means almost a hundred children will be added into the Mission Life database for sponsorship, that is almost a hundred children that will benefit from someone’s generosity. All of those dreams that we can help foster.

As part of the Mission Life team, and the discovery team responsible for helping our organization grow, it is a very humbling and emotional moment for me to know that the people I spent six days of my life with will not be just that, but will be friends and coworkers for life.  

Now, have you ever seen an avocado in the wild? I have, and let me just tell you, it was bigger than my head… almost!!

 

Published Tue, Mar 12, 2019. Written by Ryan Getchell.

By: Patricia Carroll

 

Seven years ago I decided to sponsor a child.  I entered into it with the idea that I was going something really good for a child in need, but at the same time, in the back of my mind, I was thinking about how it made me look really kind and good for doing it.  (Go ME!!) I proudly sent off my first letter, telling her all about me and my family, and the place I lived, asked a few questions about her and waited impatiently for my first letter from her. It came, just a few dictated and translated lines from a seven year old who could not yet write well, along with a drawing of a ball and a doll, and I proudly showed it off, this letter from MY child.  (Go ME!!) I wrote her again, telling her all about things I was doing, asked a few more questions about her schoolwork and again impatiently waited. I had good intentions of writing her once a month, as any good sponsor would. (Go ME!!) Well, I never seemed to actually get around to doing that, but when I got a letter I would reply right away because I was a good sponsor! (Go ME!!) This went on for a couple of years, and I was pleased with myself for the good I was doing (not that I actually KNEW exactly what good I was doing, but I was sending money and that had to be good, so Go ME!!).

But then, I had the opportunity to travel to meet my sponsor child.   

I thoughtfully chose gifts to take her (and told all my friends what I was taking her .) (G0 ME!!)  Would she like the gifts I brought? Would she remember that I had sent birthday and Christmas gifts through the sponsorship organization every year? (Go ME!!)  Would she recognize me? Surely she would, because like a good sponsor I had sent pictures and told her all about me. (Go ME!!)

The van arrived and Kirabo and her translator got out.  We did know each other instantly from our pictures. That  beautiful girl came to me with a shy smile and hugged me and in that instant all the Go ME!! in me was gone.  In that instant I understood that this was never about me. And as we sat and talked, and painted her nails and put together puzzles, and colored in coloring books together it became more and more about her.

I came home and my letters were no longer about ME, they were all about her and all the things she told me; her life, her family, her hopes and dreams.  Child sponsorship was no longer about helping a child and making myself look good in the process. It was now about helping a child achieve all she could achieve and be all she could be. It was now about the fact that the money pays for school uniforms and supplies she needs.  It was now about the fact that it funds afterschool enrichment programs that improve her study skills and advance her learning. It was now about the fact that it helps pay for more nutritious food than might otherwise be available.

I have been lucky enough to visit with my child every year for the last four years.  I take pictures of us when I am there, and send them to her once I have come home. She’s a teenager now.   I have been so blessed by having the opportunity to walk through these growing up years with her. I cannot wait to see the adult she becomes.  And what’s in it for me? Nothing that matters! What’s in it for her? So much to improve her future! And that is all that matters!

Published Mon, Mar 11, 2019. Written by Ryan Getchell.

Mission Life's Founder/CEO Angel Galvis and Bishop Theophile Rugubira of Harvest Christian Church talk about the needs of the children in Kigali and why the assistance Mission Life can provide is so important.