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June 2016 Newsletter

Abogar International Ministries is a nonprofit organization that focuses on advocating for and ministering to children of Latin America who are orphaned, abandoned, at-risk, and/or homeless. We fight for these children to have Christ-centered forever homes, forever families, and educational opportunities.
To learn more about Abogar click here.
June Highlights
  1. June 4th-12th: Abogar's June Xposure Xperience had three participants who were able to visit one of Abogar's partner organizations in Guatemala, Paradise Bound Ministries.
  2. June 13th: AboGua workers visit and bless Special Kids' School & La Puerta Mision. Snacks, drinks, and funds from Kids' Supplies Campaign were given.
  3. June 18th & 19th: Jesse Rivers works with Casa De Libertad church to bless children living in Fundaninos Children's Home, who are a part of the youth group where Jesse volunteers as one of the group leaders.
  4. June 20th: Jesse Rivers connected through Skype with a ministry in the Dominican Republic called Advocates of Love. While Abogar is most present in Guatemala, our goal is to eventually move into other Latin American countries, including the Dominican Republic where there are several ministries we could potentially partner with.
  5.  June 26th - July 3rd: Jesse takes a need vacation.
Upcoming Events

July 30th
Abogar 1:27 Run

5K Run or Walk
...to look after orphans...

REGISTER NOW!

July 27th - August 15th
Jesse Rivers will be networking and fundraising in Pennsylvania.
Please contact info@abogarim.org to help organize an event while Jesse is in PA.

August 14th
Come hear Jesse Rivers preach at Pathway Community Church in York, PA.

August 20-28th
Second 2016 Xposure Xperience Trip to Guatemala.
If you are interested in participating, contact info@abogarim.org.
PRAYER REQUESTS

1. The children in need in Latin America: for their salvation, health, homes, family education, safety, and basic needs.
2. For Abogar's Xposure Xperience team from the US, on the ground in Guatemala, June 4th -12th... Safety, God's presence, and hearts touched by and for God's heart for the children.
3. For the evaluation process for determining endorsements of ministries working to help children in Guatemala/Latin America.
4. Our Founder's, Jesse's, need for a new vehicle to get around.
5. For continuing connections and opportunities to network and partner with other organizations and ministries in Guatemala.
6. For funding for Abogar's Capital Campaign and overall budget for this year! ($125,000+)
Growth For God's Glory!

In 2016 Abogar has begun a Capital Campaign! We sense God leading us to begin raising funds specifically for a piece of property and/or building for Abogar Guatemala to be able to provide homes and family for precious children.

In the last few weeks some different options have opened up to Abogar to consider property. However, we will need to have raised the funds and have them on hand to be able to purchase property in Guatemala.

Our goal for 2016 is to raise $50,000. Please prayerfully consider if God is inviting you to invest in our Capital Campaign. Funds can be donated here. Please be sure to specify that your designation is for the Capital Campaign! Help us to build for the glory of God!
Come Join Us!
 
If you have talents, resources, or experience that may assist Abogar, please contact us:
info@abogarim.org
Share with us how you may be able to help us move forward as an organization! All talents, time, and treasures are appreciated, to help us fight for precious children to have Christ-centered homes, family, and education.
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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
We'd love to hear from you about your interest and/or questions about an Xposure Xperience trip! Contact us at info@abogarim.org.
Note from Abogar's President

Dear Friends,

June was a month that was full of activity, progress, and blessing! It finished off for me with the start of some much needed and earned vacation time! I just returned yesterday from a week in Costa Rica, and feel very relaxed and renewed. Praise God!

Jesse 'relaxing'!!

In June I was blessed to lead an Xposure Xperience team here in Guatemala for nine days; giving them an exposure to the needs of the children/families here, to good Christian organizations working with the children, and exposure to our own subconscious perspectives about these precious children and their needs, value, and worth. It was an amazing Xposure Xperience (see pictures below), and I encourage you to consider signing up for one soon as well!

I also was privileged to join with 3 Guatemalans who are a part of Abogar Guatemala (AboGua) on June 13th; to visit Special Kids School in San Lucas Sacatepequez; where we sponsor 15 children for their education! We were able to bring some snacks and drinks for the 15 kids, as well as the donations we raised in the Kids' Supplies Campaign that we held earlier this year! It was so beautiful to be part of the blessing to them!



June was a month that really helped me to see some of our effectiveness in reaching children for the glory of God! As I volunteer as a youth leader at a church here in Guatemala, most of the children come from a children's home. In June we were able to help them bake some goodies and host a bake sale at the church to raise funds to bless the children! Praise God that the bake sale was a great success and the kids were blessed to be a part of it! Relationships with these precious children are flourishing and growing, and I am blessed and humbled that God would want to use my life to touch theirs with His love and truth!

As my feet are back on the ground here in Guatemala, after my relaxing vacation, I am very excited to see all that God has in store in July for Abogar International Ministries, as well as for AboGua (Abogar Guatemala)! May God get all the glory and praise for the great things that He is doing!! Please continue praying and supporting myself and Abogar, as we are behind on our fundraising goals for the year! We are trusting God for His continued blessing and favor, as we seek to serve Him where and how He calls for us to!

To all our supporters, thank you for continued prayer support and financial support for both me and for Abogar! You are investing in eternal rewards! Words can not say 'Thank you!' enough, but one day Jesus will! But for now, I still want to again say... THANK YOU!!


Jesse Rivers
Servant and Follower of Jesus Christ
Founding President and CEO
Abogar International Ministries

 
2016 Xposure Xperience
June 4th-12th
 
We are so pleased to share with you the details of our first 2016 Xposure Xperience trip. It was a huge success! The team that joined us consisted of a widowed mother and her two adopted daughters. What an encouragement and inspiration they are to us!

The team met Jesse Rivers in Guatemala City on June 4, where they received orientation about Guatemalan culture, how best to conduct themselves while in Guatemala, and details about the trip.

On June 5, Jesse was scheduled to preach at his church, Ministerios Nueva Creación. The team was able to attend the service, assisted by Karla who is a participant of AboGua (Abogar-Guatemala). The church received our team very well, and all were blessed with the time shared there.

Our team then had the privilege to join a team with Paradise Bound, one of Abogar's partner organizations, from June 5-10. During that time, our team was involved with helping build houses for families in the village of Tonajuyu. Five houses were built in three days. On June 8th the houses were dedicated to the Lord and testimonies were shared. The families were invited to give their lives to the Lord. We witnessed more than 25 people come to Jesus in that village.

Our team then helped to host a medical clinic on June 9th in San Martin Jilotepeque. Jesse and the team were able to spend time enjoying and loving the people and children of the community there. The Jesus Film was also shared in this village, testimonies were shared and about 40 people were lead in prayer to give their lives to Jesus.

On June 10th the team spent time visiting the Paradise Bound children's home. Here they also had a chance to spend time holding the small babies that are being cared for there. Paradise Bound works to find home placements for these children. Thank you, Paradise Bound, for allowing us to join you in your amazing work for the Kingdom of God!

After a strenuous few days, the team had a well-deserved day touring Antigua, Guatemala on June 11th. And on June 12th the team had a very early departure to return home. Thank the Lord for his provision and protection over our team while they were traveling to, through, and from Guatemala. May their lives ever be changed by the exposure to the challenges children face in impoverished areas of Guatemala - to have compassion for and to be advocates for these children in need! 
Our amazing team!
From the left: Sandy, Kimberly, Michelle and Jesse.
Daily team devotions were done in the morning each day. Daily team reflections were done each evening before bed.
A huge THANK YOU to Karla, who is a participant in the development of AboGua (Abogar-Guatemala)! Karla opened her home to our team and showed incredible hospitality.
Child Highlight:  

Samuel

(The name used is a pseudonym for purposes of confidentiality.)



Age: 4 yrs, 11 months
Sex: Male
Location: San Lucas Sacatepequez, Guatemala
School: "Special Kids" Center for Early Childhood Stimulation and Special Needs


Samuel lives with his grandmother, who is his main caretaker while his mother works long hours at a bank. Samuel has trouble learning and can get very frustrated at times, though he does the best he can and we know he will learn. It is Samuel's first year with the Special Kids school. He is a gentleman and always gets a chair for Ms. Ginnie Walker, the founder of the Special Kids school, when she visits his classroom.
 
Please pray for:
  1. Samuel's ability to understand and retain the information that he is being taught, as well as to learn patience with himself and maintain a spirit of peace.
  2. Protection and health for his family, his grandmother and mother.
  3. Samuel and his family gain a deep understanding of God's love and grace.
Year Budget & Capital Campaign

Total:                      $66,440.00 &  $50,000.00 = $116,440.00
Raised To Date:   $18,372.32 &  $00,700.00 = $019,072.32
Still Needed:         $48,067.68 &  $49,300.00 = $097,367.68
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