Jul 5 - 13, 2024
Robin and Mariela Cifuentes, Retalhuleu Baptist Church
Robin, Mariela, and their children Marco (10), Timoty (8), & Robin Daniel (6) are the founding missionaries of Retalhuleu Baptist Church. Over the past 12 years this family has developed church ministries such as Sunday school, children’s dining room, military chaplain, and a Bible institute. They serve in an area of 150,000 people with both Mayan and Hispanic cultural influences. Their desire is to see more souls saved, and church growth as more families follow Christ. Pastor Robin says they have friendly people, healthy food, and a tropical climate.
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The beautiful people of Guatemala, who call this tropical climate home, are in desperate need of access to medicine. Would you consider partnering with MMO and the Cifuentes family to use the tool of medicine to show these hurting people there is a Healer?
Guatemala is a Central American country of volcanoes, mountains, and beaches, with borders on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
The Maya civilization was in the Yucatan Peninsula, through Honduras and into El Salvador, but Guatemala is regarded as its home. The Maya dominated Guatemala from A.D. 250 to 900. The capital city of Tikal was home to 100,000 people, but it began to decline in A.D. 850 and was abandoned about 50 years later.
The national bird of Guatemala is the Quetzal. The currency, the Quetzal, is named after the bird and ties into their history because in Mayan times, quetzal feathers were used as currency.
Christianity is very influential in nearly all Guatemalan society. The country, once dominated by Roman Catholicism (introduced by the Spanish during the colonial era), is now a diverse array of Christian denominations, with Protestants at nearly 40% of the population.
Guatemala has some of the highest infant mortality rates among Latin America and one of the lowest life expectancies at birth in the region. With only 16,000 doctors for its 16 million people, Guatemala has about half the doctors it should.
Many traditional foods in Guatemalan cuisine are based on Mayan cuisine and feature corn, chilies, and black beans. Guatemala is also known for its street food, including small tamales called "chuchitos", fried plantains, and tostadas with noodles.
Guatemala is touted as the birthplace of chocolate, which the Mayans revered. While you can find fine artisan chocolate in-country, locals prefer the more traditional ways, and the vast majority of cacao consumed in Guatemala is still drunk, not eaten.
For more country information, click here https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/guatemala/
Our plan is to offer medical, optical, and dental care to this community. Every patient who receives care will hear the gospel from a member of this local church.
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