Loving the world around us is an important part of the reason Christ’s Church Albany exists. We have chosen to partner with VisionTrust to help us to do that in Cruz Blanca, Guatemala.

school supply

Going back to school is an exciting time for most kids but for some, it is an uncertain time. Having the right supplies is an essential part of going back to school. That is why we are partnering with VisionTrust Guatemala and Pulse to help kids go back to school with confidence!

From Sunday, August 7 to Sunday, August 28, we will be hosting a school supply drive to benefit the kids in Albany as well as kids in Cruz Blanca, Guatemala. We are so excited to be able to help kids both locally and abroad!

If you would like to donate please see the list below for suggestions and drop off your supplies at the Love the World table on Sunday mornings at Christ’s Church Albany, 25 S. Allen.

Packs of crayons
One subject notebooks
Composition notebooks
Five subject notebooks
Crayola Twistable crayons
Washable watercolor paint palettes
Construction paper
Glue sticks
Assorted colors of fine point Sharpies
Pencil cases
Pencil sharpeners
Packs of colored pencils
Packs of loose leaf paper

Monetary donations (Checks made out to Christ’s Church Albany with “School Supply Drive” in memo line)

Broad line highlighters
Broad line markers
Flash drives
Pom poms
Pipe cleaners
¾ inch binder clips
Colored craft sticks
Foam sticker letters
Broad line colored highlighters

First, Meet VisionTrust

VisionTrust is a growing group of people with a passion to love the neediest of children around the world. By providing thoughtful interventions like safe water, nutritious food, healthcare, mentoring and education, together we can end the cycle of poverty and see these children live for God and love others. Want to get involved? Read ahead to find out how!

Sponsor a Child

When you sponsor a child from Cruz Blanca, Guatemala, you personally connect with a child in need from the community that Christ’s Church Albany has chosen to serve. Child sponsorship is only $40 a month, and it ensures that the child receives nutritious meals, clean water, educational support and spiritual mentorship.

Sponsor a Child

Go and Serve

By serving on a Christ’s Church Albany short‐term mission team to Cruz Blanca, you’ll have the opportunity to utilize your gifts and talents to build relationships with the children and families of Cruz Blanca, as well as Rut and her staff at the VisionTrust Learning Center.

Interested in serving on a short term mission team to Guatemala with Christ’s Church Albany in February of 2016? Come to one of our brief informational sessions on September 13 or 20 for details on trip activities, pricing, paperwork required and more. Both meetings will be held at 10:15 a.m. in the main auditorium at The Elks Lodge.

Go and Serve

Be a Voice & Tell Your Story

Christ’s Church Albany wants to help you invite your friends, co‐workers,neighbors and family members to advocate for and serve the children of Guatemala. Whether you’d like to gather school supplies, collect spare change for water filters or have a special gathering to focus on poverty alleviation, we are here to support you.

Tell Your Story

For More Information

For more information on sponsoring a child, Taking a trip to Guatemala, or becoming an advocate in your area please contact Ashley Hentrich at AshleyH@visiontrust.org

Our Partner, Rut Chamalé

Meet Rut Chamalé. Rut has a heart for the most vulnerable and needy children living in her own country of Guatemala, one of the poorest and most war‐torn nations in Central America. Guatemala has been devastated by organized crime and corruption with most of the population forced to live on less than $2 a day.

Mayans make up half of the population, living in isolated villages and avoiding outsiders due to the exploitation and abuse they have suffered. They struggle with illiteracy, child mortality and malnutrition. In the village of Cruz Blanca, hundreds of Mayan children lack the resources they need to attend public school.

VisionTrust began partnering with Rut Chamalé in 2008 to help these children. Today, Rut and her staff at the Cruz Blanca Learning Center are helping hundreds of children in the community, teaching them about God, providing them with food and giving them tutoring in math, Spanish and reading, so they can become the leaders of tomorrow in their country.