Guatemalan Partnership


Welcome to the Guatemala Partnership of the New Castle Presbytery

Rosario Diaz in front of her medical clinicGuatemala is a Central American country of over 15,000,000 people.  It is filled with beauty, hope, joy, and much need.

For some years New Castle Presbytery had a partnership with the Mam Presbytery of the IENPG (the national Presbyterian Church of Guatemala).  In 2016, a new partnership was initiated with the MAM Christian Women for Development.

The Mam are one of 23 indigenous groups in that country. The Mam people reside in an area known as the Western Highlands. This area is a 4 hour drive from the capital, Guatemala City.

The presbytery’s mission travelers interact with a women’s association known as the Association of Mam Christian Women for Development. Rosario Diaz, a mid-wife, and a nurse, coordinates the Association. The Association has an elected Board of Directors. Support for that entity has become our focus in the last 5 years.  We have long supported the Clinica Maya, which provides medical care for women and children. Rosario Diaz is the director of the clinic. (Photo left: Rosario Diaz in front of her medical clinic.)
In the last 2 years, we have begun supporting a micro-lending program thru the Association of Mam Christian Women for Development. We have provided One of our microloan groups is working on raising bullsgrants of $3,000 – $5,000 that go to small groups of women in area villages. These loans enable the women to start small businesses, such as gardens, soap, pigs, sewing. (Photo left: One of our microloan groups is working on raising bulls.) Rosario Diaz in front of her medical clinic (2)The businesses provide additional family income for food and education for their children. These are loans which must be repaid in order to get extended funding. Five prayer partnership programs have begun between the women in these microlending groups and the Women’s groups throughout the New Castle Presbytery. We have also supported the installation of in-home water filters, with the help of the Rotary Club of Calgary, Canada. The Canadians have perfected the technology for these simple filters. (Photo right: A group surrounding an in-home water filter.)

Finally, the presbytery’s newest worshipping community, the Riverfront Church, is planning a future trip to work in the Highlands with the Chico Mendes Foundation on reforestation efforts.

The New Castle Presbytery Guatemala Group meets regularly, often by phone conference calls and typically sponsors one trip per year to the area.   We welcome new people.  Interested parties should contact:
Cathy Higgins, Westminster Presbyterian, 484-770-8031 or
Sue Miller, Presbyterian Church of Dover, 302-670-0110.


We commit to a formal partnership and communication in order to:

  • Pray for each other 
  • Compare information about programs, experiences and ideas 
  • Compare strategic plans including budgets 
  • Conduct intercultural visits that include men, women and youth 
  • Share perspectives on reformed theology 
  • Develop self-sustaining projects together 
  • Teach each other our mother tongues 
  • Provide mutual support in helping each other understand our faith 
  • Establish clear lines of exchange of resources 
UPDATES & AGREEMENTS:
MAP OF GUATEMALA:
 Tourist-map-of-Guatemala
 MINUTES
8-17-15        6-22-15        5-11-15        4-15-15
10-2-14        8-26-14       6-4–14        8-17-15
10-2-13        8-22-13       2-11-13        9-21-15
1-3-13         11-20-12        11-1-12         1-18-16
10-11-12         9-5-12        6-2-12         4-25-16
4-18-12          3-3-12       2-12-12         6-6-16
Guatemala
  
 
 
 

 

 

CEDEPCA (Ecumenical Training Center):  www.cedepca.org