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Guatemalan children's home needs prayer, ready to serve children

September 2, 2014

Teams of volunteers and individuals representing North Carolina Baptist churches have made the journey to Baptist Children’s Home’s (BCH) international affiliate Good Shepherd Children’s Home in Xela, Guatemala. Each visit has left a shining imprint of the commitment to and love for the children who will be served.

Needed repairs, building additions, bright, fresh paint, children’s beds built, cubbies filled with new hand-sewn dresses, baby bottles and suppliers stacked on shelves – all provided by caring North Carolina Baptists.

“It’s been amazing,” BCH chief operating officer Keith Henry said. “Everyone has done a phenomenal job. Although there remain areas where we need help around the grounds, we are ready for kids.”

Henry recently returned from a key meeting with Guatemalan officials. Government officials are thrilled and affirmed all those involved. However, there have been bureaucratic delays in getting the final licensure.

“We need all our friends to pray,” Henry said. “It remains a hurdle. Other children’s homes operate without a license, but we will not do that. We want Good Shepherd to be the finest example of quality care. Everything we have done thus far serves as a model for others who may also come to care for the many needy children in Guatemala.”

There are two significant building projects needing attention. One is the children’s playground. The other is a perimeter masonry wall that needs to be constructed. The wall is approximately 3,000 feet long and will take 7-10 teams to construct over time.

Start-up funds for the first year, $95,000, are needed. A $10,000 challenge is in effect until Sept. 30. Every dollar will be matched dollar for dollar up to the $10,000. Anyone interested in giving or volunteering with a work project can contact Brenda Gray at or 336.474.1230.

“God is blessing our efforts,” Henry says. “We are thankful and grateful for all our partners.”