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       Today we just want to give you a quick update of what's been going on at Morning Glory. It's been a difficult but fruitful summer as the pandemic continues in Guatemala. But as always, God has proven faithful to us. Read below to see what's been going on.
Profesor Derek praying with the students in his online class
Good news and bad news

     So Let's start with the good news. The vaccinations process is moving faster in Guatemala. In the last month we've been able to get all our teachers vaccinated and several non-teaching staff members as well. This is a necessity to having kids back in classrooms so we are thankful we can be a part of the solution. We miss our kids! 

     However, Guatemala is in a wave of increased positive COVID cases. In order to protect our students and teachers and take pressure off of the parents, we've decided to suspend in-person tutoring with the students. We are also periodically allowing teachers to work from home. This certainly isn't where we wanted to be half-way through the school year, but we have a responsibility to help protect our students, even if it breaks our hearts. We hope and pray that the vaccine will allow Guatemala to shake off the pandemic soon. Meanwhile we will be educating and loving our little ones through online classes.

This a video the teachers made with the interns
to encourage our students and families
Coming in and going out

     In June, the Ministry of Education made an open all for teaching jobs. Many teachers applied and several of our teachers were selected. In August, these teachers will be closing this chapter of their Morning Glory Story as they move on to new positions working in other schools. We congratulate (from left to right) Luis, Velvet, Andrea, Celeste, Carmen, Claudia, Edgar, and Derek because the new positions offer many more benefits. Morning Glory will never forget these wonderful people that educated, equipped, and encouraged so many in our classrooms.
     
    So we have have a new group of impressive young people to cover the gaps. Joining us are (from left to right) Gerardo, Nallely, Ana, Monica, Kevin, Melida, Elizabeth, Marisol, and Daniel. Most of these teachers have spent about three weeks learning and practicing alongside the teachers that are leaving to make the transition as smooth as possible  We ask you to pray for them as they get acclimated in this difficult learning environment. We can't wait to see how God uses these new players to impact our students in a mighty way. They've already contributed in the video above!

Stopping and going

       So at least for a few weeks, online classes will pause and the school will be near-empty. However, we can see where God is allowing us to continue improving what we do. Thanks to a couple groups and an excellent maintenance worker, we are painting all the classrooms we can. You can see some of them in the video above. We received a donation from a VBS at North Liberty Church of Christ that allowed us to buy 90 desks for 3 full classrooms. We may be seeing more donations for even more soon. The chapel is finished, but we will use this time of inactivity to on campus to make some necessary modifications. Heyson is working very hard on expanding our Diversified education to include new opportunities. 

    We try not to brag too much about our facilities, because the real Kingdom works goes on through relationships. But to help our students understand and and achieve excellence, we want to give them something that looks more like what they deserve and strive for. We want students to know the school was waiting for them the whole time, and they are more than worth the effort. 

"But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
- Philippians 3:13-3:14
The new desks
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Small group, big impact

      This year we were able to welcome four interns to Morning Glory. Their official title are interns, but they have been an outstanding part of the Morning Glory Story. We can't speak highly enough of their patience and ministry while we went through unpredictable changes this summer. They were conscious to love on students when possible, but they were very intentional about taking advantage of the time they had to build relationships with the teachers. They taught Bible, worked with sponsor students, made videos, and most importantly, let everyone around them know they are loved. It was a small group this year, but we know they left an eternal impact. They were here a short time, but were a crucial part of Our Story.

With all the changes we have, we have much to praise and petition to God. 
We ask you to pray:

     - That COVID will be controlled in Guatemala so we can bring students                 back on a regular basis

     - That God will make the accreditation and expansion projects smooth and           easy for us

     - Pray for our computer teacher who went to the hospital for  COVID-related         complications

     - Pray for the new teachers. We want them to get comfortable and be bold          when God provides opportunities for them to minister to the hearts of their          students.   

     - That Morning Glory leaders will make wise and brave decisions for the               program


      - That God will provide our needs
     
     

We praise God for:

      - The finished chapel

      - The interns that improved our campus and ministered to our staff and                students. 

      - Each and every student that has stuck with us through the hard                         circumstances

      - The other advancements we have made on our facilities

      - Mynor's quick and easy gall bladder surgery

How can we pray for you?
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