Thirteen volunteers from Second recently accompanied others from Heartland Presbytery in traveling to Guatemala. There, they shared in the life of the El Arca Church. The group shared stories and updates from the trip on their blog: buenviajeheartland.wordpress.com.
In 2012, Second gave a $25,000 grant from our Endowment Fund to help construct a new church for our friends in Guatemala. The grant, combined with funds from Heartland Presbytery, Rolling Hills Presbyterian, and three individual donors, enabled the El Arca congregation to purchase land, bring utilities to the site, and begin construction. The El Arca congregation has close to 70 members, and had previously been worshiping under a large plastic tarp in a yard. The new building has provided them with a sanctuary and spaces for education and meetings. View photos of the new church building here: