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Let the little children come!

February 2, 2015

We love it when we have lots of little ones for Vacation Bible School!  The little children are so precious and we have so much fun with them in VBS!

You really should go on one of our Mission Trips to Guatemala as we show God’s love and teach them about His son, Jesus Christ.  The little children love it when we come to their village for VBS and are always so excited and eager to learn. Of course the love the games, the snacks and craft time too!!

VBS Guatemala mission trip

Vacation Bible School Mission Trip to Guatemala

Our next mission trip is coming up fast!  Grab a friend and join us before the team fills up!

So what are you going to do in Guatemala on the trip?

  • Present VBS for 4 afternoons  to the children of one of our artisan groups and their friends in the community.
  • Visit our other artisan groups and see how they earn a fair trade wage from Education And More
  • Sightseeing time — in Antigua and in the villages in the Lake Atitlan area
  • Learn how to make tortillas by hand
  • Shopping time in local Mayan markets
  • Hear the Mayan languages of T’zutujil, K’iche’ and Kakchiquel and maybe learn a little

Education And More 2015 Mission Trip Guatemala

Sharing God's Love in Guatemala

This year’s mission trip for VBS is June 6-14, 2015.  Don’t wait until it too late and the team is filled — sign up today and  help us share God’s love to His precious little children in Guatemala.  More information on our website. 

VBS Games with the children in Guatemala, Education And More

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Vacation Bible School mission team

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Step out of your daily life with a Mission Trip to Guatemala!

October 19, 2013

Are you ready to step out of your everyday routine and share God’s love in another culture?

Join Education And More on a trip to share the Gospel during Vacation Bible School with Mayan children in the western highlands of Guatemala.

  • share God’s love with the children and women that Education And More serve
  • learn about the daily life and culture of the Maya
  • visit the artisan groups that E&M partners with
  • enjoy the beauty of Lake Atitlan and the surrounding villages in the western highlands
  • visit colonial Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with time for sightseeing and shopping
  • experience a trip of a lifetime while sharing the Gospel with these warm and hospitable people
  • learn more about the work of Education And More
  • learn about Fair Trade and how it benefits our friends and partners in Guatemala

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Visit Our Website for More Information

June 7 – 16, 2014
Vacation Bible School Mission Trip

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Visit beautiful Lake Atitlan

Visit beautiful Lake Atitlan

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Mission Trip To Help Children in Guatemala

May 30, 2013

 

Come join us this fall to help children in Guatemala!  We will be working at a small school in the rural highlands.  Watch the video for more photos of this beautiful country and the warm and friendly people!

 

Visit our website for more information on the trip!

 

Mission Trip to Guatemala in October!

May 17, 2013

We are really excited to tell you about our October trip — a trip to really make a difference in the lives of school children and teachers!  Take your choice of what you would like to do while on this trip– help with repairs and building or teach Vacation Bible School.

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We will be working at a small school in the western highlands of Guatemala.  This remote little school is situated high on a volcanic mountain and contains only 3 classrooms and 3 teachers. Because of limited resources they need our help with repairs and with a building project at the school and have also invited us to present VBS to the children at the school.

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You will have time to:

  • your choice of work projects — building/repairs or teaching Vacation Bible School
  • meet the artisans we work with and visit their communities and homes
  • maybe see how they make those delicious tortillas by hand
  • learn a little of a Mayan language – T”zutujil, Kakchiquel or K’iche
  • visit other villages in the rural highlands  and see beautiful Lake Atitlan
  • see the colonial city of Antigua
  • share God’s love while helping our neighbors in Guatemala
  • maybe teach a little English in our spare time at the school
  • view weaving demonstrations on a backstrap loom and foot pedal loom
We will be building a new kitchen stove for the school!

We will be building a new kitchen stove for the school!

Learn more about this trip of a lifetime at our website and then email us for more information!

Trip dates — September 28 thru October 7th

Hurry before the trip fills up!

Visit beautiful Lake Atitlan

Visit beautiful Lake Atitlan

Help us present Vacation Bible School to the little children!

Help us present Vacation Bible School to the little children!

Meet the artisans and see their villages.

Meet the artisans and see their villages.

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Beautiful cathedral – La Merced – in Antigua.

Fair Trade Benefits Our Artisans

May 20, 2012

Juan and his family are extremely poor.

They live in a small, poor village on one of the mountains near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Juan and his wife are illiterate but he has a skill that gives him a little income to help his family– he carves backstrap looms by hand.  Backstrap looms are used by most of the Mayan women to weave all types of fabric for household use and to also make clothing.  However, backstrap looms last a long time so Juan’s sales are not great because women don’t need to replace them very often.

Juan and his wife have 13 children and they live in a one room home with a dirt floor kitchen attached.

We have talked with Juan and his wife about their needs and the first thing they mentioned was a new house or repairs to their present house.  The second thing they talked of was needing sufficient food for their children. The third item was help with sending their children to school.

Our work with the artisans not only gives them dignity in their work and in receiving a fair wage for that work but with the profits that we have from selling their products we return it to Guatemala to help better the lives of the artisans and their families.

Juan is a humble man – he doesn’t want handouts but really wants to work. With his carving work  and the extra benefits through our Fair Trade work, we are hoping to help  Juan and his family.

We would like to thank all our customers that have bought Juan’s backstrap looms!  Every sale helps him and his family earn money to be able to live a little better!

If you would like to help support our project for Educational Support of our artisan families please donate to our Educational Support Fund or sponsor one of Juan’s children to attend school.

If you would like to order one of Juan’s handcarved looms check out our webstore or order any one of our other Fair Trade products to help another artisan!

Textiles and a Lake……….. Beautiful Blues!!

January 19, 2012

San Antonio Palopo sits perched on the side of a mountain overlooking the beautiful Lake Atitlan.

Our artisan group  in this village is known for the beautiful textiles in shades of blues, greens and purples.  The women’s blouses are made of these textiles as well as many of their home textiles.

We have been working with this group for about 2 years and are helping them with more orders so they are able to earn enough money to educate and care for their children.  This group lost much in the mudslides during the tropical storm in 2010 — family members, homes, their looms and sewing machines and so much more.

Today’s meeting was spent working on orders to be shipped in a few months.  They are such wonderful weavers and are capable of making very unique handcrafts.

We hope to help more in the future with a sewing center or sewing machines and more educational opportunities for their children.

One of the unique accessories that the women in this group wear is the cintas or belts/ bands around their hair and heads.

The hair bands are wrapped around their long hair — into a long ponytail then the long wrapped ponytail is wound around their head and held secure with the ends of the bands.  They rarely ever leave their house without their hair put up this way.

Education And More will have some of their unique belts and hair bands available soon in the webstore at our website.