The team at Perspectives had the incredible opportunity to transport a school bus from Trinity Fellowship in Portland, Oregon to More Than Compassion in Guatemala!
Here is a little recap of our trip!
THE MORE THAN COMPASSION PERSPECTIVE
For 15 years, More Than Compassion (MTC) has been bringing safe, loving, and stable shelter and education to orphans in Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
MTC was created out of the vision of Sandra Temaj, whose mission, work and passion was to simply provide a home for 13 children in Guatemala. Following Sandra’s death in 2011, a team was formed to help start a child sponsorship program for MTC. It was an immediate success.
Today, MTC is comprised of young visionaries and dreamers seeking to send the gift of love and education to the children of Huehuetenango. The MTC team works with approximately 120 children, the majority of whom come from the tragedy of abuse, neglect or abandonment. The MTC mission has one with four components: love, disciple, educate, and prepare.
• LOVE – Through providing an atmosphere where children are accepted, and challenged to grow in life and in faith.
• DISCIPLE – Through teaching children about a God that loves them and values them as more than a product of bad that has happened in their lives.
• EDUCATE – Through the School of Hope, a bilingual elementary school staffed by Americans and Guatemalans. Students learn English through their classes, and are also offered private tutoring after school. Recently, MTC opened the School of Hope up to the community and is striving to become self-sustaining.
• PREPARE – Through equipping children with the tools necessary to break the cycle of poverty and injustice they were born into. MTC believe these children deserve better than what the world has originally handed them. By reaching out, MTC look to break this mold.
More Than Compassion is committed to rewriting the stories of orphans in Guatemala. The organization provides children with tangible hope by meeting their basic needs and equipping them with skills to succeed in the future, primarily through bilingual education. It seeks to share the stories of these children with others, in hopes of exposing people to the needs of the world and providing them with a practical means to meet those needs.