It was during Tropical Storm Stan in October 2005, that our friend Pastor Jose Luis Ordonez found 40 Mayan Quiche families, a little more 200 people, in the mountains of Escuintla, Guatemala, who were hiding and taking refuge in the woods homeless, cold and hungry. Many adults and children became sick due to being exposed to the rainstorms and difficult weather conditions. This was the beginning of the Mayan community of Tabacal men and women, who because of their poverty, lack of resources and work opportunities in their communities to support their families; moved from their land of origin in the mountains of Quiche to the South Coast in Escuintla to look for work opportunities in the sugar cane fields and harvesting coffee, many times earning less than the minimum wage and only having four months of work a year.
Work of compassion and Generosity from the Body of Christ
Since that time, 11 years have passed, and El Tabacal is an established community where all families have their own homes thanks to the generosity of many people, churches, Christian and Missionary organizations that have supported this noble work. In the village there is a church, an elementary school, and a community meeting room. Most importantly, these families own their land which each family has paid for by their hard work.
Throughout the years our family and the My Father's House Ministry has been able to show the love of God in practical ways by supporting, helping and contributing to the development of this community.
In the last 10 years we have built the Center for Christian Family Development, which is a multi-use purpose building that will have 7 classrooms, a full kitchen and a dining room with a capacity for 200 people at a cost of more than $150,000.00. In January 3, 2017 we started using this building begin The Tabacal High School Christian School program where many young people and Christian leaders will be trained to make a difference in their communities and help build the kingdom of the Lord on this earth.
We need your help to continue supporting the Educational Programs in Tabacal
For many year the Tabacal children were able to finish elementary school, but not middle or high school due to lack of resources and funding. This has change in the past 4 years since we open the Middle School and High School program! Currently we have 29 students enroll and 5 students have graduated with High School Diplomas in areas like Accounting and Business.Our goal is to continue supporting the student who graduate and will like to continue their University Studies or Trade Training and at the same time continue to support and help the children passing from elementary school to Middle School.
You can donate any amount to Welcome To My Father's House Scholarship fund and this will help us to continue supporting this children and youth to have a bright and better future! Thank you for consider in partnering with us!
Christian Community Building
This building represents the hard work of many volunteers who have come to serve with Welcome To My Father's House in the past 10 years to help the Tabacal Mayan Community and also the adventure of the Fernandez Family where in the year 2010, Carlos (50), Charles (15) and Danny (13 years old, climbed 10 volcanos) climbed the 36 volcanos of Guatemala to raise the first funds to start the construction of this building!
Now is this Building hosts:
The Tabacal High School Program
The Village Water Purification Plant
Entrepreneurship and Educational Programs
And it represents an opportunity to a better life to the Tabacal Community and the villages around them!
Ways to get involved
There is still a lot of work to make this dream that God put in our hearts become a reality and we want to invite you to be a part of helping us achieve it. Below are the different ways you can get involved:
Pray and share this vision with others, your family, friends, colleagues at work and your Church.
Put us in contact with charitable organizations and companies that may want to support this project.
Help us organize fundraising events.
Send a donation to support this project. Your donations to Welcome to My Father's House Ministry are tax deductible.
Finally, if you have already come to Guatemala and have had the blessing of supporting and working on this project, we ask you to come back. If you have never come we invite you to get involved and be a part of this work. We will be waiting for you with open arms.
Thank you for being a part of this awesome project.