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The Lutheran church in Guatemala educates children and assists parents

The only public school near El Mirador, a community on the outskirts of Guatemala City, was full. That left more than 20 6- and 7-year-olds with seemingly no hope of receiving an affordable education.

But hope was found in the Jesus, Savior of the World Lutheran Church. After realizing the shortage of classroo m space, the church turned the back room of the local community center into the Augustinian Lutheran School for first-grade students.

According to Stephen Deal, who lives in the school building, 20 children now are enrolled. A local parent-teacher group takes responsibility for the smooth functioning of the school. Deal, a member of Luther Place Memorial Church, Washington, D.C., serves as an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America global mission volunteer.


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