guatemala

Our 2018 Goals!

Four Letter Word’s 2018 Goals

1. Fully fund our Guatemalan Ambassador, German

German works to provide for his family while doing full-time ministry in his city, Xenacoj. German needs $300 per week to free up his time to focus on full time ministry. This total includes all expenses covered for his family, as well as operations for the ministry. German’s time is very valuable and the more he has to influence widows and orphans, the bigger impact we can make in Guatemala.

How can you help? We are in need of monthly donations, whether that is $5, $20, or $50 your contribution will make a significant difference in the lives of our ambassador, his family, and the widows and orphans he serves in Xenacoj.  You can donate monthly or one-time to contribute to the wonderful things we are doing in Guatemala.

Where does the funding go? Great question!  –It goes directly to German through a giving fund we have set up with Western Union. The money you donate assists with housing, utilities, food and transportation costs for his family and the ministry.

2. Deploy mission trips to Xenacoj

Hosting mission trips not only generates revenue for the ministry, but is also crucial in getting large projects done. German is only one person and needs critical help in tackling longer term projects, such as large events or builds. We currently have room for 12 missionaries per trip we are currently accepting short-term and long-term applications. Our goal is to bring sustainable development to rural Guatemalan communities —connecting with rural villages in Guatemala, partnering together, building relationships, and developing life-changing infrastructure.

Are you interested in going to Guatemala? You can get more information, sign up for one of our mission trips or schedule your own trip by emailing us at info@fourletterword.org.

3. Ordain German in Guatemala

German is a man after God’s heart and we are committed to serving him. We have partnered up with Pastor Robert Guzman from Hope Revolution Church to mentor German, and help him obtain ordination as a pastor in Guatemala.

Why is this important? German has had the dream and vision of becoming a pastor for many years. While it seems easy to pursue, it is not currently feasible for German to attend school while also working to provide for his family. German has 5 children, a wife, and a homestead to be financially responsible for. In addition, he is responsible for caring for local orphans and widows in his free time. Pastors in Guatemala are highly sought after professionally, and are held in high regard among their community. This process can be expedited once we get him fully funded as he will be able to focus fully on his pastoral training. Freeing his time will allow him to provide a transformation in the minds and hearts of the community of Xenacoj as a spiritual leader.

This process can be expedited once we get him fully funded as he will be able to focus fully on his pastoral training.


At Four Letter Word we are committed to sustainability. We do not want the people we serve to become fully dependent on our efforts. We help them commit to accountability by teaching them to provide us with reports, budgets, and progress updates. Our goal is to assist them in becoming fully self-sufficient by implementing education within every act of kindness we complete.

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Four Letter Word is now an official NGO in Guatemala!

With the support of Mayor Mario Aquino, Four Letter Word is now recognized as a not for profit (non-government organization) in Guatemala. We are elated at the opportunity to continue to serve orphans and widows in Guatemala and this allows us to plant roots in the city of Xenacoj.

We are proud of our Ambassador, German, who advocates for the women and children in his community every singe day and having an NGO in Guatemala will allow German more resources through the municipal of Santo Domingo Xenacoj to better serve his city.

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How to ship a vehicle abroad….

Getting a truck to Guatemala is not an easy task, there are a lot of working components and it seemed to be a logistical nightmare but we did it with all of your help and support!  We could not have accomplished this without you.

After we purchased the truck it sat in the church parking lot for 3 months until we could figure out all of this information. We hope compiling this information could be beneficial to the next person shipping a vehicle abroad.

Step 1: Obtain your vehicle
You may have a vehicle or are getting ready to purchase one. Our vehicle was generously donated by sponsors and we purchased a 2000 Toyota Tacoma  from a person at our church for $4,000.

Step 2: Get the vehicle titled and registered in the name of the business or person
We paid $91.99 to get the Tacoma tilted and registered in the name of Four Letter Word, Inc. and this was tax-free because of our nonprofit status. We also got a temporary tag because we were trailering the truck to Port Canaveral. To get a tag on the truck would of cost more and they take it off once you get to the Port. *Temporary tags are only good for 1 month in the state of Florida.

Step 3: Insure the vehicle 
We used esurance and insured the Tacoma for one month which went on Jon and Rayna’s personal insurance, it prorated and we paid a total of $65.00

Step 4: Contact ShipYourCarNow.com
We filled out a ton of paperwork; application, release of liability, and signed an electronic signature form. We also needed to provide Four Letter Word’s organizing documents, Rayna’s passport, German’s ID, documents from the Municipality of Xenacoj saying German is affiliated with Four Letter Word, Insurance, and title and registration for the vehicle. We paid a $300 deposit and the total was $1,100.

Step 5: Set a sail date
The boat only transports vehicles every 2-3 weeks, so you will need to set up a date in advance and have your car to port within 3-5 business days before the ship sets sail!

Step 6: Rent a trailer
We rented a U-Haul auto transport trailer and paid $63.13, which included a 24 hour rental. We loaded the Tacoma and hitched it to another pickup truck to transport it to Port Canaveral. *Before trailering your vehicle, make sure to only have 1/4 of a tank of gas, they won’t ship with a full tank.

Step 7: Drop it off at port
After driving to Port Canaveral we dropped it off at the location provided to us in our contract from ShipYourCarNow.com. They were very helpful, we signed the remainder of our documents and waved goodbye to our vehicle on July 8th.

Step 8: Wait it out
The boat has a long journey ahead so here is where you wait, hope, and pray everything goes according to plan. The ShipYourCarNow.com provided us ample information and confirmation where the boat was at all times. Our contacts in Guatemala arrived at Santo Tomas de Castilla on July 27th and waited for 5 days before they had the truck ready on July 31st. We sent additional money so they were taken care of with meals and lodging during their anxious wait.

Step 9: Picking up the vehicle and paying Government taxes
It was roughly $2,500 to get the Government taxes paid, the car’s gas tank filled up, and get it tagged and titled in Guatemala. We believe the newer the vehicle is the more taxes you have to pay. We had German, our Ambassador, check on the taxes ahead of time.

Step 10: Rejoice!
The vehicle was filled up with gas and driven (overnight) back to Xenacoj, where it now serves a purpose to transport food and assistance for widows and orphans.

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We bought the truck!

German started his car everyday with hope and a prayer. We are elated to share the Toyota Tacoma is purchased and on its way to Guatemala soon!

Imagine driving this jalopy to your physical labor job every day, putting along unpaved roads and unsteady terrain. You don’t have AC, the gas gauge doesn’t work, and every morning you have to pray it even starts. But you don’t complain; it still runs. Your wages aren’t enough to save AND provide for your family, and loans aren’t an option.

This is the current vehicle that belongs to German, the gentleman responsible for feeding our sponsor families throughout Xenacoj. This is why we need to get this Tacoma to Guatemala. This Monday, think about your commute, your desk job, your grocery bill, and reflect on all the blessings you have, all beginning with a working, reliable vehicle.

Having this truck will not only create a revenue source for German, increase quality of life amongst the community of Xenacoj, but also help the Four Letter Word Guatemala base bring food and supplies to orphans and widows in need. Please be part of this journey with us and DONATE NOW to ensure we can pick it up when it arrives in Guatemala!

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!!
Tampa Christian Fellowship
ERS
Roche Brothers
Associated Construction Products
Synteen Technical Fabrics

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Casa de Gallina

Farm4Hope is proud to have built a chicken farm in Xenacoj, Guatemala with your help!

Country: Guatemala
City: Xenacoj
Ministry Partner: GO! Ministries/Four Letter Word
Dates: August 29 – September 7, 2015
Program: Farm4Hope

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!!
Tampa Christian Fellowship
Specialty Pharma Education Center
RIPA
Associated Construction Products
Angie DesAutels

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