When I sat down to reflect and write this letter, I thought about how our partners give out of obedience and love. English is not my maternal language, so I was forced to search the dictionary to learn the specific difference between the two.
After understanding more clearly, I was guided to dig deeper into the following Scriptures about the two poor widows who “gave out” of their poverty. Two coins in the first case (Mark 12:41-44). In the second, a handful of meal and a little oil in the jar (1 Kings 17:10-16).
The lesson I saw in the scripture is that in the Kingdom of God’s economy, we can never give too little which God cannot multiply and we can never give too much that God’s work cannot use more. See for yourself:
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
“When Elijah came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called out to her and asked if she would bring him a piece of bread. As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”
Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: “The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.“
She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah
At the end of 2020 and the beginning 2021, the Community Health Evangelists –CHEs—in Global CHE Enterprises in Mesoamerica Region have kept busy managing the resources God has sent in through You Our Partners.
The resources provided have been used for Emergency Relief Assistance and continues to help prevent hunger in the face of the Pandemic. Our Global CHE Enterprise teams of trainers have been busy distributing the basic nutritional staples of Rice & Beans; these basics help toward protein synthesis amid hunger. Area wide unemployment, due to Covid-19, has had deep reaching implications causing even greater poverty.
While distributing these simple bags of food, the trainers encountered more than one poor mother who said with tears in her eyes: “We saw another day with nothing to cook, for our children to eat. You have been sent by God from heaven!”
In Guatemala aid has been given to the Quiche people:
And also, in Guatemala to the Mam People:
There are currently 30 CHE Communities; which is 1088 families equating to 6,528 people. We have provided aid for 72% of these people with the budget we have. God is good! In other words, the total impact on the people is…
None of this would be possible without your participation, our Dear Partners and Donors. You have invested in the lives of these beautiful people!
Besides providing food for the people we have been able to help them continue to sustain themselves with Agro-veterinary projects (vaccinating animals and growing more vegetables with certified seeds) among the Mam and Quiche:
The CHE Trainers have held Veterinary clinics among the Mam and Quiche:
Within the last three months the Mam and Quiche teams, CHE Committees and villagers have joined together and treated many animals to help in the prevention of disease. These programs help provide for healthier livestock and poultry. Vaccination, deworming and deparasite treatments must take place so when used for food the meat will safely provide much needed animal protein.
That is a lot of animals, a lot of disease prevention and a lot of future food resources!
Because of some of your designated gifts the CHE Center Development has advanced:
Slowly but steadily God is allowing us to continue developing the Multipurpose Hall among the facilities of the CHE Center. In God’s timing this hall will be used to train the next generation of CHE Volunteers and leaders. The final finishes are still pending: a concrete floor, the kitchen and rain gutters among other things are waiting for needed finances. Even though we have not been able to use the center for actual trainings since the Million Village Challenge for Mesoamerica in August 2019 and the Microenterprise Training in November of 2019. As soon as the Lord will allow and the Pandemic passes, we will resume using the center for training. Like for the pending Internship Training to CHE leaders from the Mesoamerica Region and beyond.
We do praise Our Lord for our Board of Directors. This team of fellow servants are so committed to the Lord and the work in this part of the Kingdom, Mesoamerica and beyond. Their commitment to our fellow servants in the front lines, our current Teams of Trainers in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala has no limits under God’s Guidance to them.
We also praise our Lord for Collaborative efforts with Global CHE Network. GCE has been active learning about the use of media for CHE training to the people who were left expectant or halted about in person CHE trainings. We have participated with Medical Ambassadors International and also with Transform World, Food for the Poor/ Latin Evangelical Alliance, and the Church of God in Guatemala. In February GCE launched the very first Spanish online Conference where 56 people attended. The ZOOM meeting kept most everyone’s attention for two hours. The two topics were: “Myths versus the Truth about the Pandemic” and updating the audience about the GCN website and the resources for training.
Please remember there is a link on our website for prayer updates. It is only through your intercession that we can bring Glory to God through the fruit of our work for Him.
We have so many reasons to praise Our Lord for you all partners, collaborators, investors, because you are instrumental in keeping Global CHE Enterprises in His Business amid the Pandemic’s challenges. We give thanks daily for you all!
Dr. Hugo and Miriam Gomez
CEO and Mesoamerica Regional Coordinator
Vice-Chairman of the Representative Council in the Global CHE Network