Area Church Raises Funds for Guatemalan Children in Need

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For a third time a Northland church is taking their mission efforts to help others overseas.

In hopes of reaching its fundraising goal, just months before the June trip, Pilgrim Congregational Church hosted a Guatemalan Fiesta Sunday.

Authentic music, games and mouth-watering foods were just some of the fun activities offered at the church – to help community members learn more about the South American country.

Eight congregation members are taking their passion to help others to Antigua, Guatemala.

“We’re going in partnership with an organization called Common Hope,” said Stacey Achterhoof.

The organization based in Minnesota, has ties to Guatemala.

Their primary mission is to provide education, healthcare and housing.

“They encourage their families (taking part in Common Hope) to continue their education and then families can reap benefits of housing and education as long as their children are participating in school,” said Achterhoof.

The youngest volunteer heading to Antigua, 13-year-old Siiri Truckey.

“It makes me feel good because some of the kids I’m helping are going to be my age. So, I kind of like know how they’re feeling already so on top of that and not being able to have the stuff that we do. I think it feels good to help them,” said Truckey.

The church has promised to raise $4,000 before its trip.

All the funds will go to help 700 kids continue their education while they wait for sponsors.


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