In recent months, members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Central American countries have participated in service projects, supported Church donations and collaborated with leaders in their communities to strengthen children and families.
Here is a look at recent Latter-day Saint activities in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras.
Children and families in Nicaragua
On April 17, Elder Bruno Vásquez, an Area Seventy, met with Johana Flores Jiménez, head of Nicaragua’s Ministry of Family, Adolescence and Childhood, an institution that focuses on the rights and protection of children, the needs of families and people with disabilities and the elderly, according to a news release.
During the meeting, Elder Vásquez spoke about the Church’s focus on families, its central role in the gospel of Jesus Christ and how families are foundational in every community.
As part of their meeting, Flores invited Elder Vásquez to tour the capital city Managua’s San Judas Center, one of the 275 child development centers scattered throughout the country. The center provides care for 180 children ages 1-5 while their parents or guardians work.
Elder Vásquez thanked the government leader and the institution she directs for the work they do in supporting families, especially the little ones.
School furniture in Guatemala
The classroom furniture will provide a more comfortable and effective learning environment for nearly 4,000 students and teachers.
The donation was needed and is appreciated, said Carmen Figueroa, a director at one of the educational centers.
“I want to thank The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the donation of these desks,” Figueroa said in a news release. “The children will be grateful and happy.”
The donation allows the Church and its members to follow the example of Jesus Christ in serving others, said Nefi De la Rosa, a local Church leader who was involved in the donation.
“For us it is very satisfying to collaborate with these donations and thus bless the students of the schools,” he said. “We are able to help our communities like this thanks to the donations and support of Church members worldwide.”
Packaged meals in Honduras
As part of the project, they also provided food to medical personnel and others, reaching a total of nearly 500 people, according to a news release.
The act of kindness provided comfort and touched hearts, said Dr. Edgar Murcia, director of El Progreso General Hospital.