We need your help

Last May, we signed a contract to purchase our present house in San Pedro Las Huertas, a small community outside of Antigua, Guatemala.  We moved in October 26, with the help of a team from All Nations Church. We have been renting the house as we have been raising funds to cover the balance.  This house has proven to suit our ministry needs in almost every way.  While the condominium struggles to accept our young men (there is still much discrimination against those in wheelchairs in Guatemala) the town itself has opened itself up to the guys and they thoroughly enjoy living here.

Our final payment is due next month, and we are still short about $100,000 of the $170,000 we are paying for the house.

We have met with the attorney for the owner, asking for an extension.  We should have the answer on Monday.  There is a possibility that we will have to nullify the original contract and find somewhere else to live, but we are earnestly praying that the owner will work with us to find a mutually agreeable solution.  We ask you to join us in prayer during the next 5 days as we ask God to move mightily.

Do I believe we have made a mistake in moving to purchase this house?  Absolutely not.   I believed in April that this was the house God had led us to, and continue to believe this.  I have counseled with fellow missionaries who have many more years of experience in ministry and fund-raising, and they, too agreed we should move ahead with the purchase in April, and still believe we should expect God to do a great thing.  I can do no more than believe Him and be obedient to his leading, even when it feels like foolishness.

And I do feel foolish right now.  I am someone who likes to have their ducks in a row and craves security.  God is again teaching me to relinquish control of every aspect of my life and ministry to Him.  He is teaching me more firmly that my only security  can be found in obeying what I believe He is leading me to do as best as I can.  This is humbling and scary.  I have asked His forgiveness for anything I may have done to impede His movement.  I continue to trust His goodness and great love for us.

It's also exciting.  As I prayed last night about our current needs, I asked God what was going to happen to us.  I received one word:  "Watch."

Therefore I am asking you to join us as we watch and pray in the coming days.  I don't know exactly what God has for us, but I believe it is as good or better than what we hope for.  My pastor here, Mike Watkins, keeps telling us to dream dreams that make God sweat, or we are dreaming too small in serving a God so great.  I think this qualifies.

If you feel led to partner with us as we seek the funds needed to complete this purchase, the following are some suggestions.

Share the link to this blog on your Facebook page.  Share with others what God is doing here in Guatemala among the disabled community.
Invite me to share our work with your small group, Bible Study, or even a few neighbors.  I will be in the States from mid-April through whenever my invitations are fulfilled!
Host a "Missions and a Movie Night" at your home inviting your neighbors and small group to join you for a movie, and provide snacks and give folks the opportunity to make a donation to our ministry. Contact me for more information.
As a family, eat beans and rice for dinner for a week, and donate the money you have saved to help us reach our goal.

Join us by helping with our annual fund raising dinner and silent auction to be held in April.  We don't have a final location,  but I'll keep you informed.

Go to God and ask Him what he would have you do to help us.  We are seeking direct donations, but also looking at ways to allow individuals to "invest" money in our ministry, which we will repay at 5% interest over a maximum period of 10 years.  Contact me for more information.
Contact me with any other suggestions or ideas you might have.  In fact, I'd love to know you're with us as we move forward.  You can click on this email link and just put "praying" in the memo line.  (Of course, I'd love to have you write more if you feel so led.)

In sharing our need with another missionary, who I actually do not know well, he gave me this verse to consider.  

I was young and now I am old
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
                                                                                   Ps. 37:25

I am standing on this promise as I believe God to move. . .I don't know what He is going to do, but I know it will be great!

A Taste of Guatemala Was Sweet

A huge thank you to all who attended our

Second Annual Taste of Guatemala.

It was an overwhelming success!

The sweet spirit among those who 120 + people who attended and the 20+ folks who served made the evening even more special. Together we raised more than $24,000 toward giving Casa de Esperanza a permanent home!

Thank you
God's richest blessings on you for your generosity.

Our Mission

To improve the lives of those with disabilities now and for eternity.

Our Vision

To empower our clients and staff to discover and live out their God-given purpose by knowing, loving and serving God.

Who we Are

Causa de Esperanza serves as an umbrella association to provide support and leadership to the various aspects of ministry to the disabled begun in 2010 by Pat Duff.  The work here in Guatemala has expanded since Pat began her individual ministry and the new association of Causa de Esperanza better reflects the diversity of areas in which we serve.  It also emphasizes the team strategy we employ in ministry, having paid Guatemalan staff as well as short-term North American volunteers.

What We Do

In the United States, educational and support services for the disabled are readily available--even taken for granted.  Sadly, this is not the case in many parts of the world, including Guatemala.  

To meet the various needs we found among the disabled in Guatemala we developed five different strategies which we use in our ministry:

These ministries are made possible through the donations of our financial partners.  If you would like to support this special work, you can donate through the Josiah Foundation which funds this ministry.  You can donate on-line at www.josiahfoundation.com, or send a check to the foundation at:

The Josiah Foundation
Attn. Mission Guatemala
2112 S. 163rd Circle
Omaha, NE 68130

The Josiah Foundation is a recognized 501 (c) (3) organization in the State of Nebraska.  All donations through the Foundation are tax-deductible.  Contributions are solicited with the understanding that the Josiah Foundation has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds.  The Foundation has been completely supporting the ministry of Causa de Esperanza since we began working in Guatemala in 2010.