Promised Land Ministries - Guatemala
One of LPC’s focus mission projects, Promised Land Ministries in Guatemala (PLM) exists to assist indenginous churches reach the lost, bring relief to the less fortunate and provide food, medical services and education for children.
God has called people from Langhorne Presbyterian Church to partner with PLM in ministering to the people of Guatemala for since 2005. We do this in several ways, including short term mission trips , scholarships for local children to enable them to attend school (Plan Padrino), support of a local medical clinic in San Lucas Toliman, and other projects with our PLM partners.
Short Term Mission Trips
The main area visited is on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan (shown in the header photo of this page), surrounded by the grandeur of ancient volcanoes and immersed in the culture of the local villages. Our base of operations is the Spring of Hope Mission in San Lucas Toliman, but we may work in other villages around the lake, as well. The core of the mission trips is a mobile medical clinic staffed by doctors from LPC and PLM. A pharmacy, staffed by team members, supports the physicians by dispensing prescribed medications. Team members also work with local children during various programs, while others are involved in building simple homes. Our schedule includes daily Bible study, devotionals, and faith sharing with our PLM partners.
2021 MISSION TRIP IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, LPC and PLM have not selected dates for a possible 2021 mission trip. The situation is very fluid and several things must happen prior to a date being selected.
As of September 2020, U.S. Citizens are not currently permitted entry into Guatemala. When and if we are permitted to enter a 14 day quarantine may be required by Guatemala upon entry and then again by the U.S. when we return.
Currently, it is the decision of the Mission Committee that no trip will be planned until such a time as a Covid vaccine is widely available. This decision will be reviewed by the Mission Committee as conditions change. Once conditions permit, it will take a minimum of four to five months to plan and coordinate a trip.
Please be aware that the Mission Committee continues to support PLM by sponsoring students at Promised Land School (Plan Padrino) and contributing funds to supply food baskets to needy families who have lost their jobs due to the closing of the country. We also have provided funds to build housing which has benefited needy families and kept the PLM construction crew working. We were also able to provide funds to assist with administrative cost since almost all the mission trips for 2020 were canceled.
If you would like to contribute to PLM to help them keep the ministry going during this very difficult time, make a check out to Langhorne Presbyterian Church with “PLM” on the memo line. If you want the funds to go to a specific need please indicate this on the envelope or check, or just state “use as needed”.
We will update this page as the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve and conditions change.
Promised Land Ministries School Scholarship Program (Plan Padrino)
In the fall of each year LPC members provide scholarships for school children in the San Lucas Toliman through a school scholarship program known as Plan Padrino. The purpose of this program is:
• To provide children a Christian education with the purpose of forming strong adults who will love and respect God.
• To counsel parents and children in order to develop stronger families.
• To train the children in a trade so they may be able to provide themselves with a better income job.
For more information about this program, or to become a sponsor, please contact the Mission Committe through the church office.
Additional Projects in Guatemala
LPC members also support a year-round medical clinic in San Lucas Toliman and help provide for the “Mi Casa” program providing homes in villages around the lake.
2021 Mission Trip INFORMATION
2021 Guatemala Mission Trip Materials
Materials will be available when the next mission trip is scheduled.