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2017 DATES ARE STILL AVAILABLE Click here to see information on securing a team for 2017 and open dates. 

NCBM, working in cooperation with IICD (International Indigenous Community Development) have been sending teams to Guatemala since 2011 in an effort to reach the Quiche people for Christ at the Good Shepherd Ministry Center in the city of Quetzaltenango. We are also blessed to partner with the Baptist Children's Homes of NC and the NC WMU in the operation of the Good Shepherd Children's Home, also in Quetzaltenango. 

VOLUNTEER TEAMS will serve in 2017 through a variety of mission projects.Teams of 8-13 will serve from Saturday to Saturday throughout most of the year. A description of what kind of teams are needed can be found below. Click above to see a current date list. NCBM will secure airfare, volunteer missionary insurance, and all logistics for the team. Costs will vary somewhat depending on the current cost of airfare and the number of volunteers on the team. See below for additional information about potential costs. While most teams are made up of those from a church or association, it may be possible to place individuals on teams. If you are interested in joining a team, please contact us!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, or to set up a date and project for your team, please contact Mark Abernathy at NCBM - 919-459-5607 or mabernathy@ncbaptist.org. Once team leader secures a project date, each team member will register online. A deposit of $300 per person will be due no less than 60 days prior to the date of departure. Balance will be due 30 days prior to departure. 

About the Quiche People of guatemala

Guatemala has 23 different language groups.The Quiche, with a population of 1.2 million, represent the most populous Mayan group within Guatemala. The majority of the Quiche are underemployed and survive off of their scant corn crops. Children under the age of five have the highest chronic malnutrition rates in the western hemisphere. Worldwide, indigenous people such as the Quiche, have the lowest life expectancies because they suffer from high rates of alcoholism, malnutrition, and infectious diseases. The Quiche are a very spiritual people with ancient traditions. They are noted for mixing Mayan with Catholic practices.  Although many would call themselves Christian, they follow the ancient Mayan beliefs and pagan practices, forming a contradictory and confused religious system.  Even though many Quiché have heard about Jesus, they do not understand who He is, nor what salvation means. The Quiché must hear the Bible in their heart language in order to understand it. The ultimate goal is to produce strong disciples of Jesus Christ who will plant healthy churches. The focus is all ages. But the future is in the younger generation.

Team Descriptions for 2017:

Note: Teams who serve at the Good Shepherd Center will have opportunity for 2-3 team members to live and serve for 48 hour stretches at the Good Shepherd Children’s Home in order to give our Guatemalan staff members some much needed time off. Team leaders should discuss this with field personnel prior to team’s service in order to best prepare for this. 
 

Health Clinic and Training Center Construction Teams

Many teams are needed to work at the Good Shepherd Center. Teams will have supervision and will work with Guatemalans on-site. Projects for 2017 will include construction of two cottages for older children as part of the GS Children's Home ministry. A variety of construction skills will be needed. Flexibility is a must, as it will be impossible to know exactly what task teams will be doing until a week or two before arrival. Teams will stay at the Good Shepherd Center and prepare most of their meals there. Some meals may be eaten in local restaurants. Note: We specifically and desperately need adobe-making teams early in the year! Never made adobe before? No problem, we have a formula for making them and any team can do it!

Community/Village Evangelism Teams

Three to four teams are needed this year. Teams may travel into strategic neighborhoods (local) or villages (further out) to conduct a variety of outreach ministries, including children/youth ministry. Other possible ministries, depending on the team’s giftedness, may include sports, music, ministry to women (teaching a craft or other skill), and ministry to men (based on men’s interest activity). Other teams may serve at the Good Shepherd Center with groups who are brought in for a specific purpose. Once team is formed, team leader will work out specific details with the missionary contacts. Teams will stay at the Good Shepherd Center and prepare most of their meals there. Some meals may be eaten in local restaurants. Team will need to plan to bring ministry supplies with them. Note: Evangelism teams MUST bring at least one Spanish translator with them as part of the team. 

Medical / Dental Teams

Teams will serve in a mobile clinic setting in strategic villages. Teams should be built around 2-3 primary care providers (MDs, DOs, NPs, or PAs) who will see the patients.  Other team members serve as support personnel, and should be mostly comprised of medical professionals to maximize the effectiveness of the team. Medication dispensary should be manned by a health care practitioner (pharmacist preferred, but RNs also work well in this capacity).  Teams will need to bring in the medications they will use, counting on seeing at least 30 patients per person; per day. Organization of the clinic is done by local missionary and nationals.  Teams will stay at the Good Shepherd center if the mobile clinic setting is close.  If not, the team will stay in a hotel near the site. Meals will either be at the Good Shepherd Center, at the hotel, and/or in local restaurants, depending on where team stays. 

Children’s Home Assistants

Couples are needed to serve as assistants at the Good Shepherd Children’s Home. Length of service will be from one to three months. Volunteers will assist the Children's Home directors in whatever tasks are needed. This may include cleaning, maintenance, painting, cooking, washing clothes, landscaping, or any other number of tasks. Need those who are self-starters and who can live and work in a non-English speaking environment. Volunteers will live in a small efficiency apartment on the property. Once on-site, volunteers will be oriented in how to use local transportation for their weekly needs. Volunteers will purchase their own food and prepare most meals either in the apartment or the Children's Home kitchen. 

Costs for Ministry Teams

Total cost will be dependent on: 1) number of members on the team, and 2) the current cost of airfare. Each person will need a valid passport. Be aware that passports must have at least six months remaining from time of departure. Make sure you check yours! Hepitiatus A and Tetanus immunizations are recommended.

Airfare Costs   Airfare costs will vary from team to team and generally fall between $700 and $900 depending upon time of year and availability. NCBM will secure tickets based on times that we need teams to arrive/depart – always looking for the least expensive option available. (Understand that we have back to back teams throughout much of the year.) The team leader will be informed as to which day tickets will be ordered. Once ordered, team leader will be sent an email detailing flight itineary and total trip costs, and will have until the next day to confirm or make any changes. 

Field Costs:    2017 Per Person Field Costs Include: Lodging - $22 per night; Insurance (mandatory) - $3.30 per day; Background Check (required) - $10; Van/Driver Cost will be $1200 for teams of 8 and up, divided by number on team. Van/Driver Cost for teams under 8 will be $150 per team member. These costs are sent to the NCBM office prior to your trip. Meals - Each will carry $200 with them in crisp, new bills to be converted once on the field. (You may or may not spend the full $200 on food while in country.)

Team Costs:    Construction teams will have a ministry cost of $3000 per team, either paid by the church or divided by number of team members. Evangelism and medical teams will have a ministry cost of $2000. These costs go toward direct ministry expenses that the team will incur while in country, as well as on-going ministry support such as Guatemalan worker salaries (not missionary support), utilities, ministry development, etc.

Examples below are for construction teams. (Airline ticket prices given are for example only. Actual ticket prices could be a bit lower or higher than the range given).

Construction Team 6 vols 7 vols 8 vols 9 vols 10 vols 11 vols 12 vols
*Field Costs (including meal funds) $891 $891 $891 $859 $811 $774 $741
Total if ticket price is $700 $1591 $1591 $1591 $1559 $1511 $1474 $1441
Total if ticket price is $900 $1791 $1791 $1791 $1759 $1711 $1674 $1641

For More Information

For more information about the Quiche Project, please contact:

Mark Abernathy
[P] 1-800-395-5102 x 5607
[E] mabernathy@ncbaptist.org

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