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22 Interstate Batteries Team Members Serve Orphans in Guatemala

September 25th, 2013 by
Interstate Batteries team member Jim Millen paints the orphanage in Guatemala as part of this year's mission trip.

Interstate Batteries team member Jim Millen paints the orphanage in Guatemala as part of this year’s mission trip.

Making an impact where we live and work extends beyond the borders of North America for several Interstate Batteries team members. Twenty-two Interstate ambassadors are traveling to Guatemala City participating with Forever Changed International to serve through Dorie’s Promise orphan care home and community outreach.

“We have been so blessed here at Interstate and it is a joy to partner with organizations that are sharing God’s love with others; whether it’s bringing light and electrical power to Africa or working with orphans in Russia and Guatemala,” Interstate Batteries Chaplain Henry Rogers said. “Serving others with people that you work with every day is a privilege!”

30 Years in Mission

Interstate Batteries team member Terri Wetherington is one of 12 home office employees and 22 Interstate ambassadors in Guatemala.

Interstate Batteries team member Terri Wetherington is one of 12 home office employees and 22 Interstate ambassadors in Guatemala.

Interstate Batteries team members have been going on mission trips for 30 years. This year, the Chaplains’ Group chose Guatemala as its mission destination after the International Group approached them and asked if they would be willing to take a team to an area where we are currently doing business. Guatemala was a great choice.

This year’s mission team members visiting Guatemala through Sept. 28 include Chaplains Henry Rogers and Adam Bowman, 12 members from the home office in Dallas — Yolanda Almeida, Ashley Ball, Brenda Bowden, Amanda Coleman, Lory Franke, Beth Godwin, Stacey Hargrave, Jose Jimenez, James Millen, Dorian Posada, Terri Wetherington, Heather White; three members from the Urbandale, Iowa, office — Rob Boehringer, Melissa Grimes, Susan Pritchard; field representatives Chris Mays and Daniel Wood; and three Distributors — Brandon Shank, Kelly Shank, and Beth Townley.

Just what do the hearts of these Interstate team members taking on this mission challenge look like? This is what Dorian Posada shared:

“I always had the desire to be of help and blessing to others not only in my community and circle but abroad, if that is what God has for me in His plans. So when I heard about the trip to Guatemala, I got very excited not only because of the fact that I would get to know and help these orphans but also because I was born there. This would definitely be a way of reconnecting or giving back, if you will, to the place I now call my second home. My wife and I had conversations in the past to adopt a child, Guatemalan if possible, but they have a law now that bans adoptions. Therefore I am excited to go meet these youngsters to help them and make a difference in their lives, to minister to them and give them the love of God. That is what I want to do. There is no greater joy but to serve others. That is the ultimate calling, to love and to serve others; to give your life for others. So, we have the blessing of giving our lives for one week to them.”

Team members Terri Wetherington (left) and Stacey Hargrave in Guatemala.

Team members Terri Wetherington (left) and Stacey Hargrave in Guatemala.

Caring for Orphans

Forever Changed is committed to serving in Guatemala through Dorie’s Promise orphan care home and community outreach. Dorie’s Promise orphan care home has been serving children for more than 10 years. They provide love and hope to each and every child that lives with them until they can find a permanent loving family to call their own.

Unfortunately, due to corruption in the system and human trafficking, Guatemala closed international adoptions in December 2007. This leaves thousands of children to make an orphanage their permanent home. They will stay in the orphanage until they reach adulthood.

So many of the children received in the orphanage come from some of the most impoverished areas imaginable. During their time in Guatemala, the team members will have the opportunity to serve these communities. They will experience a week full of ministry opportunities within the ghetto, garbage dump and other orphanages.

Each mission team member had to raise close to $1,000 to go on the trip.

“This trip will be a life-altering experience for everyone involved, and I expect our group to be impacted just as much as the people we are going to help,” Associate Chaplain Adam Bowman said. “If you think you know what poverty is you have no idea until you are kicking around a soccer ball with a child that lives on a garbage dump.”

 

By Julie Shultz (7 Posts)


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