Posted December 9th
Global CHE Enterprises brings hope to impoverished rural and urban communities through sharing the Gospel, preventing disease, and engaging in holistic community-based development.
In 2011 Mark Connelly (Lead Pastor) and Karl Mueller (Justice Pastor) visited Guatemala and the ministry of Dr. Hugo Gomez. Based in the city of Quetzaltenango in the mountains of Western Guatemala, Dr. Gomez and his wife Miriam began working among the Mam and Quiche indigenous peoples of Guatemala in 1984.
Since then the work has grown and today Global CHE Enterprises (GCE), the ministry that Dr. Gomez leads, works in 8 countries in Meso-America. The team of 45 staff and over 575 volunteers work in 52 villages throughout the region. People are being taught to be followers of Jesus, and whole communities are being lifted out of cycles of poverty and disease. As a result, in the the last 3 years more than 1,500 people have made professions of faith in Christ, 25 new churches have been planted, and literally thousands of people are experiencing greater health and dignity. The vision of Dr. Gomez and Global CHE Enterprises is to see the lives of all the indigenous peoples of Meso-America transformed as the Gospel is declared in “word and deed.”
As Mark and Karl spent time with Dr. Gomez and his staff and volunteers, God knit their hearts together and it became clear that Mission Community Church and Global CHE Enterprises were being called to work together to see God’s kingdom come to Meso-America.
What We Are Doing
Since the fall of 2011, MISSION has focused our partnership on two Quiche villages - Chicoz and Chirramos. These two villages are located about 45 minutes from Quetzaltenango. More than 500 Quiche families live in these two communities. Mission has:
- helped with the funding and construction of the new planted church in Chirramos.
- purchased sewing machines for the women of Chirramos - enabling them to begin to support themselves and their children
- immunized over 13,000 farm animals and provided funding to develop animal husbandry projects in 11 villages
- sent 4 short-term teams to work alongside the ministry of Dr. Hugo Gomez.
In 2013 MISSION will continue our partnership with Dr. Gomez and Global CHE Enterprises by:
- sending 3 global justice teams
- helping to complete the church in Chirammos
- working with women and helping them with their sewing businesses
- continuing expanding the animal husbandry projects we started last year
- exploring a potential focus on one or two new villages
- helping with the construction of the CHE Center. In 2008, the Lord provide GCE with 20+ acres of land on which to build a ministry and training center to serve all of Meso-America. This center will provide training in Community Health Evangelism (CHE) to pastors, community leaders and missionaries from across Latin America.
If you would like join us in what God is doing in Guatemala, click on the "Opportunities and Trips" link on the right side of the page, or contact the Justice Ministries office.