The Guatemala Partnership, formally established in 1995, is a partnership of presence between the sisters and brothers of Heartland and Maya Quiché Presbyteries. We come together as one in Christ to share our faith, be supportive of one another, and address educational and church needs as they arise.
Members of Heartland Presbytery journeyed to Costa Rica in 1984 in hopes of receiving a “gift of new eyes”. As a result, a Central American Task force was formed and six trips to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, & Guatemala ensued, each one offering opportunities to meet with church, community, and government spokespersons. In Guatemala God led us to the partnership with our K’iche’ brothers and sisters of the Maya Quiché Presbytery.
In 2012 a scholarship program was established helping pastors and emerging leaders to obtain or further their theological studies. As of January 2016, seventeen students are studying at the Licenciatura (upper) level of study, eight at Bachillerato (middle) level, and eight at the Diploma (lower) level. Costs for these classes are covered by Heartland Presbytery scholarships and the Walton Fund Endowment of the PC(USA). A pilot program, established in 2016, began with six students on a three-year study program to obtain their Básico (middle school) certificate, enabling them to continue their seminary studies at a higher level.
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Maya Quiché Presbytery meeting, Eben-Ezer Church; Partnership Visit, October 2015