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Love Guatemala
​Jocotenango, Guatemala
Judy Bergen

Our mission is finding those who are lost, serving those who are under-resourced, and loving those who have been forgotten. We build houses for widows, provide a library for village schools, feed a ton of soup to those who are hungry, provide food for those who have none. We deliver a lot of love and HUGS! 

With my husband Philip passing away in April, 2015 I will continue to serve the people of Guatemala under Love Guatemala. Ironically, now God's divine timing, we had discussed a lot of what is happening now in March, all the “what ifs”. My heart is aching but my mind needs to turn from the “why” to the good will come of his sudden death. In hindsight I see that God was preparing both of just was not that visible. So I will carry on with an army of prayer warriors around the world, and support here in Guatemala.

Some Background

In 2010 Philip and I sold our home in Abbotsford, BC Canada and moved to Guatemala for 6 months. We had previously been taking in teams to Guatemala since 1998. This was a move that we felt God wanted us to do. We have been living 6 months in Jocotenango, Guatemala and 6 months in 2013 we were granted temporary residency. It was great to live in Jocotenango, Guatemala for longer than 6 months doing what God wanted us to do.

Our projects include student sponsors, construction of houses for poor families, library project, a soup kitchen and community feeding program, Bible studies for children and adults. The soup project hands out 15,000 bowls of soup/month. We have gotten enquiries from directors and staff of schools wondering why after eating the high protein soup that the children are concentrating better in class, sitting still and not falling asleep. What a difference a bowl or three of soup makes in a child’s life.

April 13th, 2015, was a very sad day for our family. Philip, good health, worked that morning and then went to the soup kitchen for lunch. 30 minutes later he was in the presence of his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. I will continue to work with our projects as long as God asks me to stay in Guatemala. It is difficult and very lonely. When my family and I see how many people’s lives his faith in Christ touched, we know that this is why God took him home.

We have three children….Marc and his family live in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kerry and her family live in Guatemala and Alison and her family live in Canada.

Please pray that I will have the strength, faith and trust needed as I continue to serve the people of Guatemala.

Judy BergenFredene BishopShort Term Missions

“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy… It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.” 
- David Platt
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