Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20
Our Involvement in Guatemala
In the mid 1960s Franklin Mennonite Conference became interested in initiating a foreign mission program of their own. In partnership with Eastern Mennonite Missions they decided to open work in Guatemala. After a visit by leaders of Franklin Conference and EMM they sent two families, Richard and Lois Landis, and Larry and Helen Lehman to the field in 1967. The vision was to have a holistic ministry. Voluntary Service workers were sent to work in agriculture and related programs, and nurses soon arrived to begin a health ministry. Literacy and education also became priorities in the work that followed.
The work was begun almost simultaneously among the Kekchis in Alta Verapaz and in the capital city of Guatemala. The Kekchi people are Native Americans, descendants of the ancient Mayas. Today there are 115 congregations among the Kekchis of Guatemala and an additional 12 congregations in Guatemala City. In partnership with the government, a health program is sponsored by the Kekchi Mennonite Church that covers a large part of the Kekchi area. This extensive education program includes Bezaleel, a Kekchi Mennonite Education Center with dormitories where more that 150 students attend.