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Guatemala

North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM), working in partnership with IICD (International Indigenous Community Development) will send volunteer mission teams to central Guatemala, throughout 2015 and in the years to come, to assist with construction and maintenance, evangelism, medical, dental, and longer term service. Teams may serve at the Good Shepherd Ministry Center or a the Good Shepherd Children's Home. Located in Quetzaltenango, these ministries primarily serve the Quiche people, who are the largest indigenous Mayan group in Guatemala.

Teams are needed for 2015! Please pray about bringing a team to serve in one of the following ways:

Health Clinic and Training Center Construction Team  ♦  Village Evangelism Team  ♦  Medical Team ♦ 
Dental Team  ♦  Children's Home Construction and Maintenance Team  ♦  Community Evangelism Team  ♦
Children's Home Assistants  ♦

Teams of 8-12 will serve from Saturday to Saturday throughout most of the year. Click here to see a current date list. NCBM will secure airfare, volunteer missionary insurance, and all logistics for the team. Costs will vary somewhat depending on the current cost of airfare and the number of volunteers on the team. Click here to see additional information about potential costs. 


For more information, or to set up a date and project for your team, please contact Mark Abernathy at NC Baptist Men - 919-459-5607 or mabernathy@ncbaptist.org. Once team leader secures a project date, each team member will register online. A deposit of $300 per person will be due no less than 60 days prior to the date of departure. Balance will be due 30 days prior to departure. 



Health Clinic and Training Center Construction Teams
Teams of 8-12 are needed to complete construction of a health clinic and training center in central Guatemala. The center will function as a primary care medical clinic and will be devoted to changing communities through development projects and Christian Public health education. The facility will also be used to train pastors, youth, women, and children. Teams will have supervision and will work with Guatemalans on-site to construct an "old-world style" rock, adobe, wood, and tile structure. Tasks may involve: 1) Adobe production - mixing and forming adobe blocks; 2) masonry/concrete work; 3) framing; 4) finish and trim work; 6) roofing-framing and tiles; 7) plumbing and electrical; or 8) landscaping, etc. Flexibility is a must, as it will be impossible to know exactly what task teams will be doing until a week or two before your team arrives. As time draws nearer, missionary will be in touch with team leader concerning the status of the project and options for team tasks. NC Baptist Men will arrange for airfare, volunteer missionary insurance, and other logistics, including transportation to and from the airport, daily transportation, and lodging. Team will live on-site at the center. Team will prepare breakfast and lunch at the center. Supper can either be prepared at the Center or team may choose to eat out in restaurants a couple of nights.
 
Village Evangelism Teams
Teams of 8-10 are needed to travel daily – Monday thru Friday - into strategic villages to conduct a variety of outreach ministries. Cornerstone of the team’s ministry will be a Vacation Bible School/Backyard Bible Club type ministry with younger children in the morning, and older children in the afternoon (or vice versa, depending on school schedule.) The team will also have opportunity to visit in people’s homes throughout the week. Other possible ministries, depending on the team’s giftedness, may include sports ministry, music, ministry to women (teaching a craft or other skill), and ministry to men (based on men’s interest activity). Once team is formed, team leader will work out specific ministries with local missionary contacts. Volunteers will stay at the Good Shepherd Center and travel about 45 minutes each day into villages for ministry. NCBM will arrange for airfare, volunteer missionary insurance, and other logistics, including transportation to and from the airport, daily transportation, and lodging. Team will prepare breakfast at the center, take lunch with them, and possibly eat at restaurants on the way back into town each day. Team will need to bring ministry supplies with them. Background checks are required of any volunteer working with children or youth. NCBM will send information concerning background checks.

Medical Teams
Teams of 10-12 will work in a mobile clinic setting in a strategic village or town. Teams are placed in the most needed areas, as well as areas where indigenous pastors are actively working to start new churches.  Teams should be built around 2-3 primary care providers (MDs, DOs, NPs, or PAs) who will see the patients.  Medication dispensary should be manned by a health care practitioner (pharmacist preferred, but RNs also work well in this capacity).  Teams will need to bring in the medications they will use for their team, counting on primary care providers seeing approximately 30 patients per person; per day (some see more).  Detailed information on what to bring and potential conditions encountered, will be provided. Other team members serve as support personnel, and should be mostly comprised of medical professionals to maximize the effect of the team. Organization of the clinic is done by local missionary, in conjunction with national believers who know the culture.  Evangelism is organized and led by the nationals, who speak the language and know the culture. NCBM will arrange for airfare, volunteer missionary insurance, and other logistics, including transportation to and from the airport, daily transportation, and lodging. The team will stay at the Good Shepherd center if the mobile clinic setting is close.  If not, the team will stay in a hotel closer to the site. Meals will either be at the center, at the hotel, and/or in local restaurants, depending on where team stays. 

Dental Teams
Teams of 10-12 will work in a mobile clinic setting in a strategic village or town. Teams will be placed in high need areas, including schools, municipalities, villages, towns, churches, or even homes (occasionally). Teams should be built around 2, and preferably 3 dentists.  Dental assistants and hygienists are needed to provide dental cleaning and fluoridation of teeth. There is a great need for restorative care (fillings, etc.), but there will also be many with teeth too damaged for adequate restoration. Teams will need to bring all of their equipment, supplies, and medications needed, as well as dispensing bags, markers to write on the bags, gloves, etc. Detailed information on what to bring and potential conditions encountered, will be provided. Organization of the clinic is done by local missionary, in conjunction with national believers who know the culture.  Evangelism is organized and led by the nationals, who speak the language and know the culture. NCBM will arrange for airfare, volunteer missionary insurance, and other logistics, including transportation to and from the airport, daily transportation, and lodging. The team will stay at the Good Shepherd center if the mobile clinic setting is close.  If not, the team will stay in a hotel closer to the site. Meals will either be at the center, at the hotel, and/or in local restaurants, depending on where team stays. 

Children’s Home Construction and Maintenance Teams
Teams of 8-12 are needed to do repairs and general maintenance at a new Children’s Home in central Guatemala. Tasks may include repairing, spackling, and painting of walls; tile repair and replacement in bathrooms and kitchen; general cleaning of the building; gardening and landscaping, etc. One immediate need is the construction of a cement block security wall around the perimeter of the property. Wall teams would need a couple of masons and a few helpers. Flexibility is a must, as it may be impossible to know exactly what task teams will be doing until a week or two before your team arrives. As time draws nearer, missionary will be in touch with team leader concerning the status of the project and options for team tasks, depending on need. NCBM will arrange for airfare, volunteer missionary insurance, and other logistics, including transportation to and from the airport, daily transportation, and lodging. Most teams will live at the Good Shepherd Center (as Guatemalan regulation does not allow visitors to live at the Children's Home). Team will prepare breakfast at the Center, and prepare and take bag lunches with them to the worksite. Team may prepare supper at the Center, or can eat out some nights in restaurants. Background checks will be required of any volunteer serving at the Children's Home. NCBM will send information concerning background checks. 

Community Evangelism Teams
Teams of 8-10 are needed to conduct Backyard Bible Club ministry with younger children in the morning and older children in the afternoon (or vice versa, depending on school schedule) in strategic communities in Quetzaltenango. Other outreach ministries are possible, depending on the team’s giftedness, and could include sports ministry, music, ministry to women (teaching a craft or other skill), and ministry to men (based on men’s interest activity). Once team is formed, team leader will work out specific ministries with local missionary contacts. Volunteers will stay at the Good Shepherd Center and travel into surrounding communities for ministry each day. NCBM will arrange for airfare, volunteer missionary insurance, and other logistics, including transportation to and from the airport, daily transportation, and lodging. Team will prepare breakfast at the Center, and prepare and take lunch with them daily, and prepare supper at the Center or eat out in restaurants some nights. Team will need to bring ministry supplies with them. Background checks will be required of any volunteer working with children. NCBM will send information concerning the background checks.

Children’s Home Assistants
Couples and/or individuals are needed to serve as assistants at a new Children's Home that is being developed in Central Guatemala. Length of service will be from one to three months at a time. Volunteers will assist the Children's Home directors in whatever tasks are needed. This may include cleaning, maintenance, painting, cooking, washing clothes, landscaping, or any other number of tasks. Volunteers will live on-site at the Children's Home in a small facility known as the "Cabe House". NCBM will arrange for airfare, volunteer missionary insurance, and other logistics, including transportation to and from the airport. Once on-site, volunteers will utilize local transportation as needed. Volunteers will purchase their own food and prepare most meals at the Cabe House. Costs will include airfare, volunteer missionary insurance, food, some transportation costs, and a small amount to help with utilities cost. Background checks will be required of any volunteer serving at the Children’s Home. NCBM will send information concerning background checks. 


About the Quiche:
Guatemala has 23 different language groups. The Quiche is the most populous Mayan group with 1.2 million. The majority of the Quiche are underemployed and survive off of their scant corn crops. Ninety-three percent of rural indigenous people in Guatemala live in extreme poverty. Children under the age of five have the highest chronic malnutrition rates in the western hemisphere. Worldwide, indigenous people such as the Quiche, have the lowest life expectancies because they suffer from high rates of alcoholism, malnutrition, and infectious diseases.

Costs for Ministry Teams:

Total cost will be dependent on: 1) number of members on the team, and 2) the current cost of airfare. Field costs include lodging, in-country transportation, building/ministry materials, orientation, and insurance. It also includes an estimate of $200 for all meals, which each person will take down with them. (True costs of these meals may be slightly less or more, depending on where the team chooses to eat.) Airfare typically runs from $600 to $850, depending on time of year. A valid passport (must have at least six months remaining) and some immunizations are required. Here is an estimate based on two possible ticket price ranges. This is provided just to give an idea of price range.

  6 vols 7 vols 8 vols 9 vols 10 vols 11 vols 12 vols
*Field Costs $1050 $945 $866 $806 $756 $719 $683
               
Total if ticket price is $600 $1650 $1545 $1466 $1406 $1356 $1319 $1283
Total if ticket price is $850 $1900 $1795 $1716 $1656 $1606 $1606 $1533
* Field costs include lodging, in-country transportation, volunteer insurance, and building materials. Also includes an estimated $200 for meals - this amount is taken down with each individual. True cost of these meals may be slightly less or more depending on where the team chooses to eat.

Guatemala Work & Witness Teams 2015

Team # Date Team (Place/Type of Service)
     
GU15-100 January 24-31 Cliff Temple Baptist Church - Texas
     
GU15-101 February 7-14  
     
GU15-102 March 7-14 Gardner-Webb Univeristy Nursing School - North Carolina
GU15-103 March 14-21 Concord Baptist Church - Missouri
GU15-104 March 21-28 Macon Baptist Associaiton - North Carolina
GU15-105 March 28-April 4 Apex Baptist Church - North Carolina
     
GU15-107 April 11-18 First Baptist Church Ellisville - Missouri
GU14-108 April 18-25 Cliff Temple Baptist Church - Texas
GU14-109 April 25-May 2 NC Woman's Missionary Union - North Carolina
GU14-110 May 2-9  
     
GU15-111 May 30-June 6  
GU15-112 June 6-13  
GU15-113 June 13-20 First Baptist Church Reidsville - North Carolina
GU15-114 June 20-27 Cliff Temple Baptist Church - Texas
GU15-115 June 27-July 4 Roxboro Baptist Church - North Carolina
     
GU15-117 July 11-18  
GU15-118 July 18-25 Ninevah Baptist Church - North Carolina
GU15-119 July 25 - August 1 Eastern Baptist Association - North Carolina
GU15-120 August 1-8 First Baptist Church New Bern - North Carolina
GU15-121 August 8-15  
GU15-122 August 15-22  
GU15-123 August 22-29  
GU15-124 August 29-September 5  
GU15-125 September 5-12 NC Woman's Missionary Union - North Carolina
GU15-126 September 12-19  
GU15-127 Septebmer 19-26  
GU15-128 September 26-October 3  
GU15-129 October 3-10  
GU15-130 October 10-17  
GU15-131 October 17-24  
GU15-132 October 24-31  
GU15-133 October 31-November 7  
GU15-134 November 7-14  
GU15-135 November 14-21  
GU15-136 November 21-28  
GU15-137 November 28-December 5  

For all teams, flexibility is a must. Final team assignments will be made by field personnel and communicated to the team leader.
 

2015 Project - Register Online

 
Key:  Project has been Reserved
 Project NameProject TypeStartEndLocation
     
Filled
GU14-139 Guatemala Mission Evangelism, Medical / Dental 10/18/201410/25/2014 Xela, Guatemala
Guatemala
Filled
GU14-141 Guatemala Mission Construction 11/1/201411/8/2014 Xela, Guatemala
Guatemala
Filled
GU14-142 Apex Baptist Team Evangelism 11/15/201411/22/2014 Xela, Guatemala
Guatemala
GU14-143 Guatemala Mission Construction 11/15/201411/22/2014 Xela, Guatemala
Guatemala
GU14-204 Children's Home Assistants Construction 4/5/20144/5/2014 Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Guatemala
GU15-100 Guatemala Mission Construction 1/24/20151/31/2015 Xela, Guatemala
Guatemala
GU15-201 Children's Home Assistants Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Guatemala
GU15-301a Ministry Assistants Evangelism 1/1/201512/1/2015 Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Guatemala