2020 has been a difficult year to say the least. But, nowhere has it been as difficult as Guatemala. Right now, COVID-19 is running rampant throughout the country. The people living outside the cities have no access to health care. Many of them are vendors of homemade, hand-crafted merchandise in the streets of their villages, and the government has shut down all vending throughout the country. People over the age of 60 are not allowed to leave their homes. Most of the small towns have restrictions on when their people can go to the market. Those who are unemployed vendors have no source of income, and can’t afford to go to the market.
Thankfully, through the efforts and dedication of Porch de Salomon, those people have access to food and healthcare resources that they would not otherwise have. Porch de Salomon has had to cancel 20 mission teams this year, and has lost the income and donations that come with those teams to fund its ministry. Due to some outside donations, they have been able to continue serving the people in and around Panajachel.
As you plan your end-of-the-year charitable donations, please consider including Porch de Salomon. Donations can be made via their website at www.porchdesalomon.org and clicking on the “Donate” button. Or, simply mail a check to TUMC, PO Box 1086, Tallahassee, FL 32302 and write “Guatemala” on the memo line.