times what the World Health Organization considers an “epidemic.” People face an insurmountable
level of violence, insecurity and lack of economic opportunities.
Additionally, multiple years of recurring droughts have destroyed corn and bean harvests,
the mainstay of their diet.
The covid pandemic has added to the misery, threatening access to food, education, and
ability to work. It is increasing the risk of extreme hunger, with rising food prices and supply
chain disruptions. It is restricting people from working as day laborers and selling products.
The final blow was two Hurricanes, Eta and Iota, whose heavy rains caused flooding and
mudslides, leaving damaged roads and uninhabitable conditions. Total villages and crops were
wiped out, as well as necessary infrastructure, displacing thousands of people.
Struggling with rampant violence, chronic poverty, failed harvests and finally a hurricane
wiping them out, entire families have made the difficult decision to leave their homes and flee
north, an exodus that highlights the need to address the violence, poverty and other root causes of
this humanitarian emergency.
ILAG, the Iglesia Luterana Augustina de Guatemala is there to help. ILAG has been a constant
presence, offering food aid, social support, and education to help raise people out of poverty.
This year’s Guatemala gala in support of ILAG focuses on that education.
The education ministry of ILAG keeps children in school and off the streets, and offers them
hope of a better future. It provides scholarships to children who cannot afford that education, and keeps the village pastors and leaders connected to continuing education.
Gifts to this year’s gala will go to support paying the school mortgage, buying educational
materials, educating future leaders in the community through gifts of tablets for church leaders to remain connected and continue their education, and scholarships for youth to be able to stay in school.
Your support is crucial to keeping this strong education ministry going.
Please join us!
8 th Annual Guatemala Gala
in support of Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala
Sunday, May 2
6:50 pm – Pre-gala Music || 7:00 pm—Virtual Gala
Watch as a Facebook Live Event
Gala Information Webpage: Details and Donate
primary school loan repayment, renovations, and materials
scholarships for youth and adults in rural areas
and continuing education for church leaders