Nancy Lemus
Top left: second group of Jeremiah project field trip kids. Top middle: Aura and Catalina modeling their new bathing suits! Top Right: Girls from the Jeremiah project field trip today. Middle Left: 6th grade graduating class of the life and Hope School. Middle Middle: Director of Life and Hope School presenting me with a gift. Middle Right: Carlos receiving his 6th grade diploma. OUR FIRST GRADUATE of the Jeremiah project! Bottom row: Jeremiah kiddos enjoying kite flying.

Top left: second group of Jeremiah project field trip kids. Top middle: Aura and Catalina modeling their new bathing suits! Top Right: Girls from the Jeremiah project field trip today. Middle Left: 6th grade graduating class of the life and Hope School. Middle Middle: Director of Life and Hope School presenting me with a gift. Middle Right: Carlos receiving his 6th grade diploma. OUR FIRST GRADUATE of the Jeremiah project! Bottom row: Jeremiah kiddos enjoying kite flying.

Hector, last year without a bathing suit in his sweater and this year with a bathing suit donated by First Baptist Downey!

Hector, last year without a bathing suit in his sweater and this year with a bathing suit donated by First Baptist Downey!

Nov. 9, 2012

Dear Friends,                                                                                    Nov. 9, 2012

            Praise God for a wonderful week of ministry here in Guatemala. Thank you for your prayers last Friday. The graduations at the Life and Hope school were very special seeing the students receive their diplomas and achieve their goals.  It was also a special time to say goodbye as I have decided to work full time in the Jeremiah Project next year.  I will teach Bible and art activities, head up international relations with groups and the sponsorship program we started this year, as well as fundraising, accounting and hopefully start a nutrition program. Can you see why I felt a need to dedicate more time to the Jeremiah Project? I look forward to see what God has in store for 2013.

            Speaking of the Jeremiah Project, the field trips last Friday and today to the swimming pools went very well. Praise God! Once again many thanks for the swimsuit donations. Also, the teacher workshops this week went exceptionally well. Praise God. The teachers were very receptive and there was great participation.

            Some of you might have heard about the 7.2 earthquake on Wednesday. Wow, it was huge! The epicenter was off the pacific coast of Guatemala about 170 km from Antigua. We are fine without anything more than a good scare, but those closer to the epicenter are suffering. The newspaper announced three days of mourning for the families of the 52 who died and the 17,000 affected. It also said that 7 departments of Guatemala (department is similar to our state) were in a state of calamity. Please pray for those is distress, and the help effort already taking place.

            The Jeremiah Project closes down for the ¨summer¨ break in mid-November but before we do, we celebrate Christmas early. Each year the Jeremiah Project has given a Christmas gift to each child in the program. With over 65 kids this year it will be a challenge! If someone would like to make a special donation towards the Christmas Gifts please make an online donation at www.hopetransformation.com  and click on Donate in the menu.

            Normally in October and November we are looking for tickets to return to California. However, this year, we got a great deal early in the year for our flights! Praise God! But without the flight searching, I am almost in shock that Josué and I have only 2 more weeks here in Guatemala before our flight to California. I can hardly believe it! I ask for your prayers for these last weeks of getting everything done that needs to be taken care of this year here in Guatemala and also for safe travels. We will be staying at my parents house so if you would like to get together or arrange a speaking engagement, please email us or call us at 562-926-6269. Thank you so much for your faithful support. We couldn´t be here without you. Many blessings to you and we hope to see many of you soon.

Love,

Nancy and Josué Lemus

Pics: Top left: second group of Jeremiah project field trip kids. Top middle: Aura and Catalina modeling their new bathing suits! Top Right: Girls from the Jeremiah project field trip today. Middle Left: 6th grade graduating class of the life and Hope School. Middle Middle: Director of Life and Hope School presenting me with a gift. Middle Right: Carlos receiving his 6th grade diploma. OUR FIRST GRADUATE of the Jeremiah project! Bottom row: Jeremiah kiddos enjoying kite flying.

PS. If you want to support our ministry, you can mail your gift to World Outreach Ministries, PO Box B , Marietta, GA 30061 and designate it for Nancy & Josué, Fund Code #94 or make an Online Donation via www.hopetransformation.com and click on donate in the menu. Thank you.

 

Nov. 2, 2012

Dear Friends,                                                                           Nov. 2, 2012

                Today is a very special day! The Life and Hope school graduations are today as well as the second of three field trips to the swimming pools for the Jeremiah Project kids! Praise God!!! AND our friend Naomi is moving into a house to start her home for special needs kids! Our God is awesome!  The past two weeks have been very eventful as well. Check out the long and short updates! God bless you guys!!!

·         Praise God for swim suit donations! The first group of Jeremiah Kids to the pools couldn´t be happier swimming around in actual swim suits instead of clothing. CHECK OUT HECTOR IN THE PHOTOS.

·         We had our first graduation from 6th of a Jeremiah Project kid! Carlos finished his elementary education in 3 years! Praise God!

·         We had kite making and flying activities at the Jeremiah Project.

·         The Stamps Foundation has given us a grant for a truck for the Jeremiah Project and school supplies! PRAISE GOD! Thank you Stamps!

·         Next week, Nancy will be doing some teacher workshops at the Kairos school.

 

 

This long version won{t be too long because I need to run off to the Graduations at the Life and Hope school, but I wanted to send out the update so you could pray for both the graduations and Jeremiah Project field trip going on right now!! Also, to thank you for the bathing suit donations everyone out there that donated because the simple act of donated your old used bathing suit made a huge difference in the lives of the kids that had to swim in full typical clothing or pants and a shirt or little hector that didn´t even have underwear to swim in, so he tied his sweater around his waist!!!  Check out the photos!!! By the way, the 3 trips are with different kids because we have more kids than will fit in our ´´11´´ seater van.  Ha ha ha. We estimate about 15-20 kids per trip.

Carlos couldn´t be prouder to graduate from 6th grade. We are also so proud of him who didn´t even speak Spanish when he immigrated to Antigua looking for work with his family. He only spoke a Mayan language.  Now he not only can speak Spanish but read and write it as well. Praise God!

This time of year is kite flying season so the Jeremiah Project wasn`t the exception. We bought the reeds and tissue paper and went to town making kites. I personally have never made my own so I needed the kids to teach me and then join me in helping the other kids in making their own. It was great fun both in making and flying our kites. I will send those photos later.

We requested a grant to provide the funds for a truck for the project like I had mentioned in prior emails and also for the school supplies for the upcoming school year in January. We are very happy that grant was approved and now we are in the process of purchasing the truck and school supplies. Please pray we can find and buy a good truck to serve the needs of the project.

Lastly, Nancy will be giving two teacher workshops next week at the Kairos school. Last year, she had given some and this year they have asked her back to share with the group of teachers. The goal of the workshops is to help teachers not only teach subject matter well but incorporate our faith and values so that the students may mature not only academically. Those workshops are Monday and Thursday. Please pray that the Holy Spirit leads and that the teachers can put to practice what they learn.

I got to run. Thank you so much for your support and prayers. We are so very grateful. It is exciting to see how God uses us all in different ways to fulfill his plans! It is truly amazing to be part of his work. Thank you for being part of that here in Guatemala through your prayers and support. God bless you,

Nancy and Josue Lemus

PS. All pics are from the swimming field trip with the Jeremiah Project.

PPS. If you want to support our ministry, you can mail your gift to World Outreach Ministries, PO Box B, Marietta, GA 30061 and designate it for Nancy & Josué, Fund Code #94 or make an Online Donation via www.hopetransformation.com and click on donate in the menu. Thank you.

 

 

Top left: Danny and Ervin trying to pop a balloon between them on Kid´s day. Top right: THE PIÑATA on Kid´s day. Note Josue´s cane. Middle left: Nora with face paint and Flor on Kid´s day. Middle right: Josue preaching at the Youth conference in Nebaj. Bottom left: Some of the 7th graders that read the entire New Testament with their certificates. They are now continuing with the Old Testament. Bottom right: The jeremiah Project kids with TOOTHBRUSHES!!! Yeah!! Thank you so much for making that happen.

Top left: Danny and Ervin trying to pop a balloon between them on Kid´s day. Top right: THE PIÑATA on Kid´s day. Note Josue´s cane. Middle left: Nora with face paint and Flor on Kid´s day. Middle right: Josue preaching at the Youth conference in Nebaj. Bottom left: Some of the 7th graders that read the entire New Testament with their certificates. They are now continuing with the Old Testament. Bottom right: The jeremiah Project kids with TOOTHBRUSHES!!! Yeah!! Thank you so much for making that happen.

Oct. 15, 2012

Dear Friends,                                                                                                                                  Oct. 15, 2012

                Greetings from Guatemala. Praise God for His many blessings and all that He has been doing here in Guatemala. Thank you for joining in His work thorugh your prayers and support. Here are the short and long updates.

                *Josué preached at a Youth Conference at Nebaj.

                *Life and Hope School year has ended!!!

                *Today a group of Jr. Highers left for the first ever life and hope School mission trip!

                *We celebrated Kid´s day on Oct. 1st.

                *Jeremiah Project Kids got new toothbrushes!

                *Josué was walking with cane but now is hobbling along on his own.

                *Josué went to Xela to report his story about the stolen truck.

                *Rob Hastings was here for a week helping short term volunteer Brian settled.

                *We saw Catalina in the Orphanage.

                *Diego, from the Jeremiah Project, is investing in selling toys for Christmas.

 

 

 

 

                Wow, with 10 bullet points you can see how it´s been busy lately. On Sept. 29th, we traveled the 6 hours to Nebaj so Josue could preach at a Youth Conference. It was well worth the drive as 15 youth made first time decisions as well as others rededicated their lives to Christ. Praise God!

                The Life and Hope school finished up final exams last week and today their first every mission team headed out for Escuintla. All year a group of Jr Highers have been participating in a group called ¨leaders to serve¨ and this week they are serving their fellow Guatemalans providing water filters and ministry as a mission trip. This is the first mission trip the school has ever had and is really exciting. Missionary groups have come to serve the students on many occasions but now the students are the ones going out and serving! Praise God!

                Kid´s Day is on Oct. 1st and we celebrated at both the Life and Hope school and the Jeremiah Project. This year at the Jeremiah Project, we had 5 Guatemalan volunteers come out and play games, paint faces and a must for every kid´s day celebration, a piñata!!! Josue was using a cane at this time, but that didn´t stop him from joining in on the fun playing soccer. He would use the cane to stop the ball claiming it counted as a leg! He now has stopped using the cane but still is unstable. Please continue to pray for his recovery!

                Josue had another long drive to go to Xela where the pick up we purchased was stolen. Josue had to go to make an official report. He took advantage of the trip to take Maria and Angela, two of the Jeremiah Project young ladies that study on the weekends. They had never traveled outside Antigua so it was a special blessing for them to go. God uses all things for the good.  My family has been asking if Josue´s name has been cleared. Unfortunately, it is a long process and our lawyer says that before we go to the states, we need to inform them so they aren´t surprised.  It appears there won´t be any problem to leave.

                We had a great time last week with Rob Hastings, a good friend and former missionary here in Antigua. He pastors a church in Big Bear, CA and accompanied a member of his church, Brian down to help him get situated. Brian is still here and will stay another week. His trip was to look into the possibility of a 3-6 month missionary trip in the future. Pray God leads and uses Him now and in the future. He is currently volunteering at the Jeremiah Project. He mentioned working at an orphanage so we have taken him to visit the ones we know about. Upon one of these visits, Catalina ¨just happened¨ to be in the orphanage´s patio and saw us. Josue has been wanting to visit her for some time but the judge hasn´t approved his visit yet. This was a sweet God appointment was precious. Catalina is struggling with the rules and behaving. She is not used to having limits and doesn´t want to be there but we know she is safe and will not be abused there. Next year there will be a court hearing to decide if Catalina will return to her mom or stay in custody. We ask you to join us in praying she will remain in a safe place where she can learn and grow without being abused.

                This last part is a story written by Josue about Diego.

One of the most curious things that happened this month was in the life of Diego.

At the beginning of the year, looking to improve the health of Wendy, who drank a soda every day, I convinced her to save 1 Quetzal (Guatemalan currency, Q7.50=$1) a day.  So that with the 3 Quetzales her mom gave her each day she would only spend 2.  At first many of the other kids laughed at hearing that Wendy saved a quetzal each day, because its more or less an insignificant amount.

I remember one day her mom only gave her 2 Quetzales and she told me she was not going to leave money that day.   I told her she could leave Q0.50 (50 cents) because it wasn’t good to lose the habit.  Some laughed at this insignificant amount… but a month and a half later she asked me in front of everybody, “Profe (short for Professor), how much money have I saved?”  And I told her, “You have about Q30,” and everybody’s mouth fell open, repeating, “THIRTY QUETZALES.”  So many were jealous of the amount she had, because it was no longer insignificant. 

Two weeks later 7 more kids were saving their money with us.  We started with a few bags with their names and a card to mark the date and amount of money deposited.  With time September came and the kids already knew they would only get the money they had saved for some emergency and preferably if they were going to spend the money on something indispensable or in something for their own businesses (since many sell goods or shine shoes in Antigua).

That’s what happened with Diego.  Many times he tried to get his money out just because he got mad that we were making him do his homework correctly or he got jealous or who knows what else.  The thing is that two weeks ago he asked to speak with me alone in my office and he told me that he wanted his money Q500.  Can you believe it?  And I asked him why.

The reason was that Christmas is coming and he wants to sell toys, and that buying them now they would be cheaper than buying them closer to Christmas time.  That now would be a good time to invest, and of course, delighted, I gave him his Money.  Now he has already purchased electronic toys, light-up bracelets, tiaras and light-up balls to sell for Christmas.  He does not only expect to make money to provide for and return Q500 to his savings, (which Professor Josué requires he return, because it is his small capital with which to work next year) but his goal is to deposit Q700 back into his savings!  That is already a success, at least in an attitude of entrepreneurship.

I don’t know if he’ll achieve his goal.  I want to think he will.  But for now, he doesn’t have his hands empty for Christmas.  Not only will he sell ice cream (which is his regular business), but he has thought of a better business for the season.  With this, I don’t see that we’ve only helped him read and write and be able to finish school, (something that he has done with satisfaction finishing this year in 3rd grade), but also to think farther ahead than the present.

…. The same thing happened with Carlos, who has taken his money more frequently but now that he has finished 6th grade he has Q100 to pay part of the cost of graduation.  But Carlos will be another story.

Josue Lemus

Director of The Jeremiah Project

                Thank you so much for your prayers and support. By doing so you are actively taking part in God´s work here. We are very grateful! God bless you!

                Sincerely,

                               Nancy and Josue Lemus

PS. If you want to support our ministry, you can mail your gift to World Outreach Ministries, PO Box B, Marietta, GA 30061 and designate it for Nancy & Josué, Fund Code #94 or make an Online Donation via www.hopetransformation.com and click on donate in the menu. Thank you.

 

 

Sept. 25, 2012

Dear friends,

 We made our goal for the toothbrushes!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! 

 

AND other great news, Josue took his first steps without crutches today!!! Praise God!

 

AND TODAY 14 of my 7th graders FINISHED READING THE NEW TESTAMENT!!!!! I am so proud of them. In June, the school changed the devotion I had with them for a different book. I was really bummed but a student came to me and asked if I could continue giving them the bookmarks with the chapter each day they should read. So I did and these 14 made the choice to continue reading on their own! And now 3 months later, they finished the 27 books of the New Testament. I am so very glad that they have gotten in the habit of reading their Bibles!!!! Praise God!

 

THank you for participating in these things with your prayers and support! We have an awesome God! 

sept. 20, 2012

Okay everybody!!! I need your help. I had no responses in my august email update for toothbrushes that only cost 3$ BUT yesterday at the supermarket they were 3 for 1 with a free toothpaste. I couldn’t turn up the deal so I bought all they had with my credit card which just happened to be the same amount of kids we have at the Jeremiah Project! SOOOOO I need people to donate a dollar for a kid to have a tooth brush. I am serious. PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Can’t you afford 1 dollar? (1.14 if you want to cover admin and credit card fees) Make an Online Donation via www.hopetransformation.comand click on donate in the menu.

Thank you!!!!

 

Nancy and Josue Lemus

The Life and Hope School´s Independence Parade!

The Life and Hope School´s Independence Parade!

Happy Independence Day, Guatemala!

Dear Friends,                                                           Sept. 15, 2012

            Happy Independence Day! Today we celebrate Guatemala´s Independence and even though it is my 10th time here, today was my first time to actually be in an independence parade! I have always been an observer, but this year with the Life and Hope School I got to participate in the parade.  The photo collage is dedicated to our independence celebrations.

            Other international news, is the Fuego (Fire) Volcano´s eruptions this year. Thursday´s eruption sent lava and ash 3000meters into the air above the crater! 7 communities were evacuated. Today they returned to their homes. The front page paper photo was impressive. You know what? I didn´t even see it. The wind blew the smoke away from us and I didn´t even know about this last 10th eruption until I saw it in the paper on Friday. Other eruptions I have seen like late on Sept. 3rd when the volcano was spewing lava. It was massively impressive. I got some video and will have to visit somewhere with high speed internet because when I tried to download it last night our internet couldn´t handle it.

            My sister, Virginia, was in the hospital over a week with serious digestive problems. She got to go home Friday night after the doctors discovered it was her colitis disease and they were able to give her appropriate medicine. Praise God she is on her way to recovery and that her baby was kept safe during her illness. Join with us in praying for her recovery and pregnancy!

            Speaking of recovery, Josue is still recovering. It has been 4 months since his injury, 3 since his operation and one month since his cast was removed. The physical therapy is going well. He is STILL on crutches but has started to put some weight on his foot.  He cannot support all his weight but it is a start. He also has been able to put a shoe on for the first time since his surgery.  Please continue to pray for his recovery.

            We also need your prayers for a delicate situation. Remember my petition for prayer for a pick up to replace the Project´s Dodge Ram. Well, we bought one a couple weeks ago from a newspaper ad.  When Josue took the title to the gov´t agency to change the name, they accused him of falsifying documents because it was a fake. The pick up was a stolen vehicle! Soooo they took it away and not only did we lose that money from buying it and fixing it up but now we are fighting to get Josué´s name cleared. In the next couple days he will have to visit the distant town it was stolen from to make a statement and get a lawyer. We are both very disappointed and concerned. Please pray that God will guard our hearts, that Josue will be justly cleared of the charges, and that God will provide the needs for the Jeremiah Project.         

            Lastly, I wanted to update you on the couple I mentioned that came to visit in my last email. Kenny and Sara work in the entertainment business in Nashville, Tennessee and have the burden to support the Jeremiah Project. Their idea is to export hand made leather boots from Guatemala, sell them in the states with info about the people who made them and that 50% of the profit will go to the Jeremiah Project to help more families in Guatemala. It would be a win win win situation for those who want hand made leather boots, the boot makers in Guatemala and the Jeremiah Project. We are excited and helped them look for boots and talk to those who make them. They took back some samples and we will see how it goes. Pray God´s blessing on this couple and their business idea to help support the Jeremiah Project.

            So this is a couple weeks early for a monthly update, but so much has happened I wanted to fill you in. I feel very blessed to have the prayer and financial support of people like yourself. Thank you so much for contributing to God´s work in our lives and Guatemala. God bless you!

Sincerely,

Nancy and Josué Lemus

PS. If you want to support our ministry, you can mail your gift to World Outreach Ministries, PO Box B, Marietta, GA 30061 and designate it for Nancy & Josué, Fund Code #94 or make an Online Donation via www.hopetransformation.com and click on donate in the menu. Thank you.