A Dream for Us and Hope for Them
Our Guatemala Mission Trip
Hope of Life Ministries . . . . began
with one needy child and one
elderly man and blossomed into a
ministry that serves thousands.
By Amy Nicholson
Children’s Paradise was built on the top of a mountain. The children eat their
meals at picnic tables in this pavilion. The kitchen is inside the building. This is
where we met the children for the first time. The pool in the foreground is not used.
“. . . Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye
did it not to one of the least of these, ye did
it not to me” (Matthew 25: 45).
Ihave always wanted to go on a mis- sion trip with my family. I had read about families living in remote ar- eas helping those less fortunate
than themselves, and I admired these
missionaries for their courage and obedience. More than that, I must confess,
I envied them. How did they have the
resources, particularly the money, to do
such wonderful things? I know God provides for all of our needs, but would He
ever provide in that way for my family?
In September of 2011, our new youth
pastor, Rick Jakubowski, announced that
he hoped to offer a mission trip to Guatemala in July of 2012. He and his wife
Virginia had already led eight trips to
Children’s Paradise Orphanage in Zaca-pa, Guatemala. It is run by Hope of Life
Rick’s hopes lined up with God’s plan.
In January of 2012, forty-one members
of our First Congregational Church of
Litchfield committed to make the trip.
I signed up. Faith isn’t faith until it’s
tested. Did I trust God or not? My brain
said the only way the money would
come would be if it fell from the sky.
My faith said if God wanted us to go, He
He opens doors no man can shut.
Our team met monthly to learn
about the trip and get to know each
other. We were told the approximate
cost of the trip. The team sent out support letters to prospective sponsors.
Our family did raise some money and,
by God’s abounding grace, He opened
the door, and the cost of our trip
was covered. We proceeded with our
preparations, obtaining passports and
The week before the trip, doubt started to take root again. I visited the Hope
The babies at the nutrition center are all in
cribs. They love visitors—and phones!