74 results for author: Teddy Torres


Engaging Leaders: The Smitty’s Families Initiative

About a year ago, CMT met Mr. Bob Smith, a North American who's been living in Guatemala for more than 10 years. Mr. Smith came to live to Guatemala by himself after his retirement from working in an oil company in Alaska. As many other people, Mr. Smith wanted to help and serve Guatemalans so they find and develop better and sustainable ways for living. In order to accomplish that goal, Mr. Smith got the support and participation of his long time school friends --who they konw each other for more than 65 years-- by creating what they call "The Smitty's Charitable Fund". Basically, the "Smitty's" friends raise financial support every month to help ...

Nurturing Joint Initiatives: “Sembrando Arte”

No easy thing is to mobilize people, no doubt about it. What has been a tough challenge to engage leaders of faith and good will is turning into a marvelous opportunity to become family, friends who trust each other and are willing to benefit their community. There is no coincidence that the picture that shares the idea above is a little bit hard to see. To understand it completely, one need to carefully take the time to see, listen carefully and try to recognize faces, expressions, who is who, etc., in order to enjoy (as we did) the kind of fun time we experienced this last Sunday when we met to celebrate (belated) the born of Jesus and the ...

NURTURING JOINT INITIATIVES

Conversations do make profound changes (in time!). This story begins back in 2015, when we hosted the Synergy event the first week in November. During these meetings, many conversations took place. Locals and foreigners, got together in very deep conversations and trust around the most challenging issues of our beautiful cities. Lots to say, lots to learn; even more to see and celebrate. Conversations continued during the next year, and the next (2017). More so, tables were set up so urban leaders can share their dreams and think of more possibilities to work in collaboration in many ways. This is how during the "Community Development Training" ...

BUILDING ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY

By Silvia López, CMT's Financial & Administrative Director In two months we will be ending 2017. God has been amazingly good on each of the projects we have undertaken. Not everything has turn out as planned but we have bee able to see God’s wonderful hand at work in each situation we have faced. We want to share with you some of the goals that we set at the beginning of the year and we have been able to reach, partial or totally. As you may know, a fundamental base for our organizational sustainability are the donations we receive mostly from a broad, therefore one of our goals was to increase the local financial support. Step by ...

NURTURING JOINT INITIATIVES

"What is it that you want?" - Jesus "A beautiful answer is always preceded by a more beautiful question." - E. E. Cummings A couple of years, we began nurturing a joint initiative that trains and empowers pastors and leaders that serve in hard places. Using the content of the "Timothy Leadership Training Institute" and the facilitating work of Luis Pellecer, from the Resonate Global Mission, 16 leaders began a journey that lasted 18 months of training and fellowship. We shared news about this on our LittleWay blogs before. This year 2017, we decided to begin the second generation of leaders. Many of the pastors and chaplains from the ...

Engaging Leaders of Faith and Good Will

One way we contribute to the social and spiritual renewal is through "engaging leaders of faith and good will". This commitment gives us the opportunity to meet people, and build relationships that will help us all see and celebrate what God is doing in the beautiful city of Guatemala. During this year, we have facilitated and witnessed godly encounters between many leaders of faith and good will whom we've had the privilege to meet, talk (and listen), share ideas (and dreams), but also build trust between each other. The trust has been a wonderful platform to continue conversations, plans, and the desire to work in collaboration towards a ...

The Challenge of Perseverance

A few months ago, we posted a story about the opportunity for partnership that 4 organizations were building in the area of Zone 18 of Guatemala City. After a "vision trip" to the Ecofiltro main plant with some friends, we all came with ideas that could benefit the community we serve. It's been almost five months since that first trip. We've met many times dreaming, planning, thinking together, building "trust" that only comes by the desire of "Let's do something together in our community!". In our yesterday meeting, at Engadi's -- one of the ministries participating in the initiative -- we had time to talk about the family, the good news of the ...

A Life Invested in Loving Others

Mr. Robert Smith came from the United States in the early 90's after seeing a TV program that invited people to support children in Guatemala. Mr. Smith decided to "come and see" how he could be involved directly. Twenty-something years have passed since that day. Mr. Smith just turned 80 a few months ago, and still remembers that TV show. He came to live to a community that opened the doors for him. In fact, some of his neighbors call him "Papa Bob", just because he has become a dad for many families. At the end of last year, we got an email from a friend of Mr. Smith. He was referred from our accountant. The reason for that email was to contact ...

Theology from Below

"We have to think of something after all the cemetery reflections that we're experiencing. Got to think of something." - Tita Evertsz, Fundación Vidas Plenas A few months ago, the Center for Transforming Mission -CMT- Guatemala facilitated around 5 Cemetery reflections with all Vidas Plenas staff. Together, with a group of +45 urban leaders who work in "La Limonada" community, walked, learned, reflected and engaged Guatemala's history. It was a profound experience and opportunity to practice what we call "The Ministry of Memory". We shared a special blog 3 months ago with comments from the participants. We decided to use the Action-Refle...

You Are Very Welcome!

"You are an answer to our prayers. I thank God for the friends who connected us". - Verónica Sosa A huge interest for the work that the Center for Transforming Mission -CMT- Guatemala does in the City has to do with "trust". Trust is kind of a fuel that helps move relations, interactions, growth, learning processes, etc. How would you define "trust"? For us, something very beautiful happened a month ago that helped us actually "see" trust in a tangible way. We got a call from the Director of the "God Is First" English Academy, saying that she was referred to us by another member of the network. She heard good things about the work we do, and ...