Nexus Missions 2017

We moved to Panajachel, Guatemala in October 2016. God called us and we knew it. (You can learn more about our family and decision to move by watching our support raising video.) We sold almost everything we owned and stored a wall full of belongings at my parent’s house. In August, we learned our friends, who established the after-school program, would not be joining us as expected. We were heart broken, but quickly determined God still had a plan. We decided to finish our support raising so we could move, take our 3 months of Spanish classes and enroll Brooks and Carly in school. The fear of the unknown was overwhelming, but within a matter of days God connected us with an amazing network of believers, some also missionaries. The week before we were scheduled to fly to the United States for Christmas, our friends informed us they could not return to Guatemala with us after the holidays and didn’t know if, and when they could move back. Again, we felt disheartened and a little lost. So many questions raced through our heads, but never once did we question God’s purpose. Over the three-week break, we had a decision to make regarding the after-school program in Santa Cruz. Our original plan for moving to Guatemala was to expand the program, but now we were challenged with teaching it ourselves. Of course, it seemed easier to look for work through other non-profit organizations in the area. I mean, our new network of friends represented at least 10 different organizations all serving the community in unique and various ways. As we talked over the weeks and fussed about what seemed “hard” in our minds we concluded that those 16 children mattered. We couldn’t let all the little details ruin the opportunity for us to be mentors.

Fast forward 8 months and we are now talking about ways to pour more into these children and expand the program. Check out our latest video to see what we are doing and meet the students of the Nexus Institute.

Nexus Missions 2017

Education in Guatemala is free and children are only required to attend through sixth grade. That means, less than 40% of children will enroll in middle school and less than 20% will enroll in high school. Think about that for a minute. If you have a child in high school or middle school, it’s more likely that he would not be attending classes right now. Many classrooms in Guatemala, especially rural areas such as Santa Cruz, do not have adequate teaching materials. 75% of the population in our area of Guatemala lives below the poverty line which means many indigenous children are forced to drop out of school and support their families by working.

We know a few families who will be in this situation when our students graduate from sixth grade in October. We learned that it costs roughly $150 for a student to attend 7th grade in Santa Cruz. That covers the cost of school supplies, a monthly fee and uniforms for the entire year. We want to remove that financial burden for the families of our students. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $2400 over the summer to establish a scholarship fund. We continue to pray for God’s discernment in leading this program. We plan to add another day to our schedule and begin a study hall. We see a need for our students to receive help with homework. Also, if funding is available we are interested in sending our students to Intecap, a technical school in a nearby town once a week. This would allow them to explore a variety of trade skills such as mechanics, cooking, sewing or computer repairs. Lastly, we would like to cover a portion of tuition fees for a friend of ours to attend Atitlan Multicultural Academy (our children’s school) next year. Her family cooks the lunches for our after-school program. Lydia currently attends a Waldorf school, but it only goes through 6th grade. AMA is offering a partial scholarship, but the total cost will still be too expensive.

We are also working this summer to continue raising funds to cover our cost of living in Guatemala. We know we are asking a lot, but God knows the desire of our hearts and we trust that He will provide exactly what we need. We are asking that you prayerfully consider financially supporting us monthly or contribute a donation to our scholarship fund. We are still looking for two people to contribute monthly to cover the cost of school supplies such as photo copies and the cost of internet to our school building. Each cost $75/month. To make a tax-deductible donation you can follow these instructions.

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Our door is open for you to visit any time during the year. You may come by yourself, with your family, a small group of friends or co-workers or coordinate a mission trip with your church. You will get the opportunity to help us teach and strengthen our relationships with our students. We will also make sure you get the chance to experience the culture and explore Lake Atitlan.

Thank you for all your love and support,

Justin, Sara, Brooks & Carly Wallace

2 Comments

  1. Do you think that since you have decided to run an after school program you could commit to the school year which runs January to December? Also the money you save by not traveling to and from the United Sates two to three times a year could fund at least a few scholarships. If you have made a sacrificial commitment, how about making some sacrifices. Do your supporters know how much you spend on travel. That could be spent on the poor? Pray about this and see what God wants from you.

    • Yes, it’s certainly an opportunity we could seek in the future. At this time, we are focused on developing a successful mentorship program for these teenagers.

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