Our recent visit to Guatemala
WorldShare’s CEO Alan Butler and Board member John Bunce recently visited our partner ministry Potter’s House in Guatemala.
Potter’s House serves the communities in Guatemala City and Chiquimula living and scavenging on the refuse sites. The ministry serves the communities through Christ-centred community development, healthcare, education and microenterprise schemes.
Potter’s House’s aim is to dignify people’s lives and they really help people in the community to feel valued.
The recent visit was an opportunity to see the work of Potter’s House first hand as well as to encourage and support the ministry team.
"I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to see in person the vital work of Potter’s House and how lives are so positively impacted. It was a real privilege to meet and pray with many of the families living in this area." Alan Butler
Alan and John both held training sessions with the community leaders, to build their leadership skills. Through team-building exercises, they learned how working together, they can build their communities. This was also an opportunity to encourage and empower them to develop as individuals as well as to contribute to the development of their community.
“It was a great opportunity to get them thinking about communication and working as a team. It was rewarding to see that it really had an impact” Alan Butler.
Read the stories of some of the people Alan and John met and prayed with:
Hector and Olga
Hector and Olga are a couple living in Guatemala city. Hector has a stomach problem from scavenging. He had lost hope because he couldn’t work to provide for his family. Through talking and praying with him, he felt much stronger and was inspired to do what he needed to do to take care of his family.
Lesbia is one of the Potter’s House micro-loan recipients. The temporary loans provide the opportunity to start or develop a business. Lesbia started by selling just a few stationery items on a table in the street, which got ruined when it rained. The microloan enabled her to develop her business and she has grown from a table-top seller to a stationery wholesaler. As well as providing financial backing, Potter’s House help the recipients to believe in themselves and be ambitious.