Greetings team Guatemala! It has been several months since our last blog post, and much has been happening. We’ve made visits near and far, from the Boston, Massachusetts area all the way down to Atlanta, Georgia. They have been worthwhile visits and we continue to expand our Guatemala mission family.
As many of you all know, our original plan was to depart for Guatemala this fall, however we are planning to God-willing leave in January 2019. We are currently working on setting an official date so we will be sure to keep you all posted. This will give us more time to focus on fundraising and making parish visits, as well as making more preparations for the big move.
We have a handful of parish visits coming up in the next few months, so if you’re in the area come join us and learn more about the work being done in the Orthodox Church in Guatemala. For more updates on our whereabouts, check out our Facebook page. Upcoming visits include:
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church- Wilmington, DE (October 28)
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral- Pittsburgh, PA (November 4)
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church- Saginaw, MI (December 2)
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church- St. Louis, MO (Missions banquet, January 10)
Please continue to pray for us as we spend the last few months with friends and family and begin to say our good-byes. In addition, pray for the missionaries currently in Guatemala as well as the clergy and communities.
We are 75% funded! Thank you everyone who has pledged and given to our fund. We still need more pledges before we can leave in January. Make a pledge or one time gift of any amount to our online support page.
As we prepare to leave in a few months to join the team of missionaries down in Guatemala for two years to start, we are reminded of the loving and supportive communities that surround us. This journey wouldn’t have been made possible without your prayers and financial support. Glory to God!
Thomas & Elizabeth Manuel