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News-Herald Staff Writer

ADENA – The Guatemala Mission Team from the Harsh Memorial/Kilgore United Methodist Church returned home recently after a very successful trip to Guatemala. Members of the team included Darrel and Christine Howell and Doug, Kimberly, Paige, and Phillip Arbaugh.

Guatemala pic 2 1-26-13“We originally were introduced to Guatemala through Nishe Rothschild, a missionary that our church supports in Guatemala who works with abandoned and abused women and children,” said Pastor Kimberly. “Our eyes were opened to the need to be the hands and feet of Christ throughout the world.”

They would spend their first three days in the small mountain village of Patzun working with direct descendants of the Mayan Indians painting and repairing a school for about 400 children.

“It was a successful trip with so much more to be done,” she concluded. “We are still striving to purchase 10 white boards for these classrooms at $110 each. The rooms currently have plywood painted black for chalkboards and need replaced badly.”

Pictured, Paige Arbaugh, middle right side, age 7, spends some time getting to know the Indian children on the steps of the Patzun school in Guatemala. Also pictured is Doug Arbaugh painting trim at the Indian school. After 26 five-gallon buckets of paint, preparing the inside and outside of ten classrooms, and with the help of a few of the children’s fathers, they managed to complete the cleaning and painting in just three days, completely transforming the children’s learning environment.

Anyone wishing to donate to the fund for the white boards may send donations to Harsh Memorial UMC, c/o Ruth Ann Tinlin, 3009 Steubenville Road SE, Carrollton, OH 44615.  Checks should be made out to Harsh Memorial UMC with Guatemala on the memo line.

Read the full story in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.
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