My first trip to Guatemala was in 2005, before Loving Arms was dreamed of. Linda and I roomed together on that first trip with another friend of Loving Arms, Brenda Stratton. What an amazing adventure! I will never forget Linda’s discussion with me when we returned to Canada about how she had to do something to help the people of Guatemala. Her vision became reality as we met weekly to make bracelets to sell, in order to build a few homes in Guatemala. Well, that early vision, with a lot of prayer, determination and relying on God resulted in Loving Arms being born. Linda has stayed true to her belief that she did not want to give a hand out but a hand up, preserving their dignity. It was important to develop programs to teach the Guatemalans’ to be self-sufficient. That, was true help and her dream.
Fast forward to today, and Loving Arms now has property, a school, sponsorship program, co-ops, sponsored people to come to Canada to find work, Medical/dental clinics and teams going on mission trips. Linda’s vision came to fruition.
Why do I love going to Guatemala with Loving Arms? I know the heart of the Director Linda, the dedication of the Board of Directors and the Staff in Guatemala. I am also confident in the fact that the money donated is used to benefit the people of Guatemala with minimum money being used for administration.
For me, I love to see the joy on the faces of the children, the appreciation of the mothers and fathers for everything we do with them, the love they share with us. They think that we give them so much, and yet it is I who receives the many Blessings!
I have been 2 or 3 times down to Guatemala with Loving Arms. I have been very impressed with the organization.
Every day, we leave on time with interpreters! As for the people, simple life is good. Having possessions is secondary to having food to eat.
The Guatemalan people are always ready to help with the mission. Linda Coghlin as Founder is very accommodating with all the teams and their needs during the mission trips. Her leadership style is respectful with all!
Hello. I am Roxana Oron, I am 46 years old. I live in Paraxaj, one of the villages in the mountains of Parramos. I live with my husband who is a farmer and 4 of my children.
I started receiving the food bag 9 years ago. I started in the program with one of my daughters since she was the beneficiary at the beginning, my daughter studied and managed to complete her elementary school and this bag was very helpful in her growth. I am the currently beneficiary of receiving this bag of food now.
I feel very grateful to all the people who are part of Loving Arms for helping me and giving me this bag every month because it is a great help and blessing for mi and my family.
Thank you so much and God bless you all!