In 2017 the Outreach Section of the District Council on Ministries identified Healing Guatemala as a special district mission focus. Healing Guatemala is headed by Rev. Dr. Luke Rhyee, former pastor of the Korean United Methodist Church in Columbia. The usual focus of Healing Guatemala is three-fold: Education, Medical and Hunger Abetment.
In ordinary times Guatemala is a poverty-stricken country. Many people live on a subsistence economy that is day to day. If they do not work they do not eat. In this time of Covid – 19 the hunger issues have taken precedents. To that end, the folk at Healing Guatemala have created a special program that has enabled them to provide 1,500 families with food.
The organization has purchased 60,000 lbs. of corn and a similar supply of beans. That has been distributed in bundles of 30 lbs. of corn and 15 lbs. of beans per family. This, along with whatever vegetables the family are able to grow themselves, may be all they eat, each day, every day until the pandemic moves on and work reappears. At a cost of $20.00 per family, these beans and corn will feed a family of four as long as 15 days. Then the cycle starts over. Work / food shortages are anticipated to last until late June or into July.
The Columbia District has set a goal of raising as much as possible to provide for a two-week cycle. To do that we need to raise $30,000 by June 30th. Every dollar raised will purchase food for the need of our neighbors. It is hoped that each church in the district will address this need in some significant manner.
Forward funds, offered prayerfully, to the Columbia District Office, 4908 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC 29203 with the notation that they are directed to the Healing Guatemala Fund. Periodic notations will be sent out to pastors to inform about our progress towards the goal.
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?”