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 ...

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Grace From the Outside

This year during the month of January we had the second consecutive visit from White Whale Tattoo from Cincinnati. We have been building this relationship for quite a while as Jeremiah Griswold, the owner of White Whale, and me (Joel Aguilar) have been friends for almost ten years. On this occasion Jeremiah and the White Whale artists became a glimpse of grace not only for me, but also for CMT Guatemala. Before I tell you how they showed us grace, let me give you a little bit of context. CMT Guatemala went through a really hard financial crisis last year, and that created ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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Learning to Love Our Cities Together

During the last week of October Teddy, CMT’s Executive Director, and I had the opportunity to be in Grand Rapids with a group of people from around the world. We were together as a part of a global network of trainers who make up the Urban Training Collaborative. We develop incarnational leaders who love their city and seek its peace. The Urban Training Collaborative is an initiative of Street Psalms that serves the networks of Resonate Global Mission (an agency of the Christian Reformed Church of North America) and Leadership Foundations. This network represents nearly ...

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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 ...

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Working Towards Peace

During the last weekend of September the staff of CMT had the opportunity to meet with the members of the InnerChange team. As some of you may know, InnerChange is an order of missionaries among the poor. We have been gathering as an extended family for the last year and ahalf, and every time we have felt God’s calling to work for the peace of our cities. During the last gathering we had to focus intensely on the Gospel’s non-violence as we sensed the need to develop a spirituality of non-violence resistance to the different powers that be in the cities of Quetzalten...

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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 ...

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