Messiah's own Joy Studer, Director of Children's and Family Ministries, has accepted the invitation of Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry (LPGM) to experience the partnerships it has forged in Guatemala and to introduce Godly Play® to some key players in hopes of planting the seeds for future ministry opportunities.
LPGM is a non-profit that works globally to connect people and build relationships as part of Jesus' Great Commission (Mt.28.18-20). An important aspect of its mission is to share educational resources with underprivileged populations, with special consideration for women and children. Centered in faith and dedicated to service, LPGM creates partnerships between individuals, churches, and other organizations, and then supports these partnerships by providing resources, connections, and opportunities for international travel. Joy will be joining a small LPGM delegation going to Guatemala this April.
While she's in Guatemala, Joy will have the opportunity to experience the work that is being done by LPGM and its partner organization, Community Cloud Forest Conservation (CCFC). She'll also be doing Godly Play with her fellow travelers and for the staff of both LPGM and CCFC. It's our deepest hope that by serving as an "ambassador" for Messiah and Godly Play®, Joy and the people she meets along the way will be able to imagine new ways for the love of Christ to continue to reach people in every corner of the world.
While this trip is distinct from the mission trip to Guatemala that some of Messiah's youth undertook last summer, Joy will be working in a similar place and with similar populations. Like the youth group, Joy will be traveling in the Department (state) of Alta Verapaz and serving primarily Q'eqchi Mayan people. And like the youth, Joy will be going with the ultimate goal of serving God's people and sharing God's story.
Joy would covet your prayer support for what she refers to as a "most amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity … to share a bit of Godly Play® with the wonderful people there [Guatemala]."
While her mission will be subsidized by LPGM, Joy's travel will not be free. If you would like to contribute financial support for her mission to Guatemala, you may do so by contributing to a GoFundMe site created solely for this purpose. The goal is $2,000, of which $800 has already been given. Thank you.