You Make All The Difference In The World

Rayo De Esperanza is a true ministry of God’s people working together to make lasting changes in lives that would otherwise have no hope. The monthly gifts we receive keep us afloat by providing the necessary food, clothing, daily items and other operational costs at the ranch. We understand the economy is affecting a lot of folks. We are cutting corners as much as possible, but our general fund is at a point where we must humbly ask you to consider supporting the work. Please pray about a monthly donation amount that works for you. Your consistent and ongoing support is vital to the success of the ranch, and most importantly, the future of our kids. Donations can be made 24/7 through our easy, online access. Click on our “Donate Online” Button to learn more.

We are in constant amazement of God’s goodness to Rayo De Esperanza. We thank Him daily for our prayer partners and supporters. Please continue to pray with us and for us. We would also be honored to discuss the possibilities should God lead any of you to join us.

For those of you seeking to meet specific, project needs, you can read about those here.

Thank you for your generous consideration.

May 2014 Project Needs

$200 Wi-Fi Printer for kid’s computer room

$400 Materials to build a computer room, desk entertainment center

$800 – $1000 Vehicle (Van) tires and brakes + a few other minor repairs

$20,000 – Ongoing construction of new house. Progress has been good, but not complete

Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

Our Recent Guest Ponders His Trip To The Ranch

In March 2014, we had a great team of 12 arrive at the ranch ready to help with some labor intensive projects. Here are a few parting thoughts from one of them!

Things To Ponder After This Year’s Mission Trip To Guatemala!

1. At home, I don’t have to worry about putting my toothbrush in the water before and after I brush my teeth!
2. I’m able to take a shower with my mouth open and swallow the water!
3. How often do I help a friend or family member haul concrete 210 feet down a steep hill and up another in 110 degrees and 200% humidity and not stopping until the mixer runs out of gas (or Bill shuts it off) with a smile on my face?
4. I have a minimum of one light switch in each room. Some were blessed to have one switch in their whole house!
5. When I’m hot, I just turn the A\C. Some do just fine without it and don’t have to pay the high electric bill.
6. When I give gifts, I spend money and make purchases. Here, some do it with a hand made card, bottle of orange soda, a cake, etc.
7. I didn’t have to walk 20 miles or take a packed chicken-bus while folks here might have spent their weekly wages to ride and all with a smile on their face!



8. I travel 9 miles to work everyday and maybe see one truck and 20-plus deer. Here, you might see 100 scooters, cars, trucks, and toot toots in 9 feet! (How many minutes of our the day is spent rushing here and there!)
9. Some open their house to young people that need a home, food, love, kindness, respect and having God as their foundation!
10. Before leaving, I only kept enough money to get the car out of the parking lot at the airport so I could leave small amounts with some less fortunate people in Antigua and the majority with the ministry @ Rayo De Esperanza! I didn’t have to do this. I got to!
11. At night I don’t have to lay a towel down at the bottom of the door to keep bugs, ants, lizards, snakes and scorpions from sleeping in my boots!
12. From the time I awoke until the time I went to bed, every minute, every thought I’d give our Lord all the Glory and Praise!
13. To do hard physical work with a man when we don’t speak the same verbal language! With the pointing of a hand, a nod of the head, a big smile, a hand shake and keeping ahead of the next step, I got one big “BUENO!”
14. Traveling with a man that hasn’t ever flown before or been in a foreign country and see God touch and bless him so deeply. Nobody or thing can ever take that from him!
15. Riding in the bed of a Ford extended cab diesel pickup with a former racecar driver at the wheel. Needing to pass a car with no speed limits or passing lanes or waiting for the right time; you just hang on and don’t worry as you blow by the car.
16. Don’t trust what Dennis tells you is on the menu!
17. This year’s team was the 12 mixed nuts! God had a purpose and plan for each one on the team!
18. In our U.S. restrooms, you don’t have to put the TP in the trashcan.
19. One hot day, we were about out of drinking water. Some young Guatemalan boys noticed that, so they gathered our empty water bottles and started refilling them from the barrel of dirty water we used for the concrete. Then they took them back to our ice chest to keep them cool for us. No, we didn’t drink them because we would get the worm but thanked them anyway! They were drinking that barrel of water all day, and it didn’t bother them!
20. We stopped many times to get a case of water or Gatorade. One day, I bought 5 Gatorades and a can of Orange Crush. I asked Mike what the average person makes per hour or day. My mouth dropped. The price of the 5 Gatorades and can of pop were more than some people make in a week!
21. We see most 4-year olds having remote-control trucks, racecars and cell phones while they sit in front of a TV all day and throw a fit if they didn’t get what they wanted at Wally World! But one little 4-year old boy, Angel, was beside himself to get a bottle of bubbles to blow.
22. Over the past two years, I’ve experienced many things in Guatemala. I now understand what some of my family and friends have experienced while serving our country in other lands!
23. I’m going to take all my hunting tree stands down and replace with hammocks!

“Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 12:28

Back To School

The children are back in school after winter vacation. They really enjoyed the break but were all excited about starting the new school year. Well that is, except for Danny. He is in second grade this year and is overwhelmed. There is no special education here and his teacher doesn’t even know what Aspergers or autism is. His last year teacher was really good with him. We work with him every day but the amount and type of homework is too much, too soon.

Dan, the constructor, is progressing in his extra ciricular studies (home construction) very well, however. He is building on a bigger scale now. He asks Pedro, Esperanza and Michael for help sometimes, but only if he needs laborers. They had a strike one day when Danny failed to pay them their pretend wages. It was hilarious, quite a racket ensued. Danny gave in when I reminded him of possible future needs for helpers and the limited labor pool situation. He got it!

Thank the Lord and all of our supporters, the children are all in the same private school that Danny is in. The class sizes are so outrageous in the public school that Pedro’s and Esperanza’s grades were suffering last year. In the past they always made good grades but the increase in the number of students (38-40) per class is not a good learning environment for our two most timid children. Michael is doing better as well.

The children went on some field trips during their winter break. We took them to the hot water falls at Finca Paraiso a couple of times and they all had a wonderful time. Danny likes to stand on the boulders in the river and let the hot water beat down on his back. He will befriend anyone who is using “his” spot so that he can enjoy it with them. Amazing! Michael has graduated to jumping off the boulders into the river with Pedro and Jairon. Almost all of them have worked up to going into the little cave at the foot of the waterfall to enjoy a facial steam bath.

Teresa, a cruiser who lives on her boat in Rio Dulce, has been volunteering every Saturday here at the ranch. She is such a blessing! She brings ideas, supplies, patterns, and her expertise to work with the children. She has taught them how to make jewelry out of wire and beads, beautiful! They have sewed purses, glasses cases, and wallets. We are now learning to cross-stitch. Last year we entered two arts and crafts fairs and the children sold some of their things. It was a great experience for them to learn a little about business and was very motivating. They really like having some personal spending money.

We hosted a team from Sarasota, Florida that did a great VBS for the children in the community and the younger children of the ranch. Everyone on the team was a big blessing to Mike and me as will. Our older children were able to participate by helping with the different crafts and games groups. The team was wonderful and our children were so blessed to be able to work side by side with them. So were we!

Rebekah was part of that team and she came back months later with her son Jesse and they worked with our children to teach them the order of all the books in the Bible and had daily devotions with them. I was amazed when Rebekah attained her goal of teaching the kids every single book in order. She was only here for a few days! She also brought supplies and tools and taught the kids another way to make jewelry. We had a lot of fun and even adventure when we explored a wet cave not far from the ranch.

We have Bible study three times a week and church service on Sunday. It is a lot easier to follow pastor Benito to all the reference verses now that the children know where to find everything. If I don’t know, I look to one of them for guidance. Note: I wasn’t able to make it to Rebekah’s classes, maybe next time!

We are so blessed by the children’s’ love for the Lord and their serving hearts. Angelica, Suleidy, Maria (Francisca), and Lucia still lead worship on Sunday and do a good job. Idalia (Benito’s wife) and Angelica teach Sunday school for the children. It is wonderful to see the Lord at work in their hearts through the decisions they are making and the morals they display. Some of the teenagers at their school refer to them as “Karen’s Angels”. It is meant as a put-down (like goody-two-shoes) but we take it as a complement and trust that they will continue to be beacons for Jesus Christ.

We would like to thank each and every one of you for all your prayer and financial support. And with your love, involvement, and encouragement, Rayo de Esperanza continues to be greatly blessed by God through you all in so many different ways. We are truly blessed to be a part of the Body of Christ with you. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. With Him, all things are possible. All praise and glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Be blessed and joyful in the Lord!

Love always,
Karen, Mike, Angelica, Maria, Suleidy, Lucia, Esperanza, Pedro, Danny, Michael, Vilma, Benito, Idalia, Nataly, Idania, Fabiola, Fernando, Don Oscar, Oscar, Chivete, & Anibal

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