Dr. Gomez and Global CHE Enterprises have always been committed to training Christians around the world in the Community Health Evangelism strategies. Over the past 25 plus years Dr. Gomez has traveled tens of thousands of miles and taught hundreds of Community Health Evangelism leaders, trainers and grassroots volunteers throughout Central and South America. In 2005 Dr. Gomez traveled to Malawi, Africa where he became the catalyst for CHE training opportunities beginning in that nation.
For the past 10 years it has become clear to Dr. Gomez that the development of a training center for teaching the principles of Community Health Evangelism would increase his effectiveness as a trainer and multiply the number of people who could be trained in CHE principles and strategies. Such a training center would serve not only as a classroom but also as a hands-on site to demonstrate techniques on how to improve crops, develop animal husbandry, and community sustaining enterprises.
After much prayer the Lord supplied the beginnings of the vision by providing nearly 28 acres of land about 45 minutes from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala (the second largest city in Guatemala). The land is only about a mile off the main road and adjacent to coffee plantations. A stream runs through the land along with springs and topography suited to ranching and farming. Natural bamboo groves and lush vegetation cover the hills and valleys on the property.
Dr. Gomez and his team of CHE workers have already begun fencing the property and clearing the land. With the help of partners from North America plans have been developed for the buildings and facilities needed to complete the development of this center.
The development of the CHE Center is vital for the continued effectiveness and expansion of the work of Global CHE Enterprises in Meso-America. This center will not only serve as a training hub for workers, and a demonstration ground for innovative agriculture and animal husbandry strategies, but also become a place that will generate income for the work of GCE. Dr. Gomez estimates that within 5 years the center would be over 50% self supporting AND able to support some of the CHE ministries in villages throughout Meso- America.
GCE has already been given a well drilling truck that has been used to drill wells in several communities and is serving as a source of funds for the ministry efforts. About a dozen other microenterprises are underway that help support the sustainability of the CHE ministry. The CHE Center will enable the multiplication of these efforts to creating a ministry that is sustainable.
If you would like more information on how you can give of your time, your expertise or your money to the development of the CHE Center in Guatemala, please contact Mike Douglas, the Chairman of the Board of Global CHE Enterprises via the contact page.