Founded in 1990 by Bill and Liz Gieg, Church Family Missions of South Lake Tahoe has provided an opportunity to give to the poorest communities of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. The organization is staffed and funded with the help of donations and volunteers from our local community.
In Central America, governmental agencies for food, shelter and medical attention are nonexistent. The church fills this void of care and compassion.
Since those early days partnership with native visionaries has grown to include training centers which have become an opportunity to help change the lives of those who have only known poverty, but now have the abilities and desire to live a productive life.
Unaffordable medical and dental care is a devastating reality to many. In the past three years, teams from Church Family Missions have treated approximately 2,000 patients per project, most of whom have never so much as taken an aspirin. Basic medicine is huge to those who deal with daily physical pain.
“Our gratitude to the medical and dental teams which include Dr. Bruce Daugherty M.D. and Lee Anne Stigers D.D.S and many volunteers, we wish we could list, is inexpressible,” Bill and Liz Gieg said.
In addition to constructing a church building with the nationals, there is a children‘s program, which Bill calls, “controlled chaos.”
The program includes puppet shows, songs and crafts for ages 4 to 10. Goodie bags for the kids are filled with donations of pencils, stickers, hard candy, toothpaste and tooth brushes as “recuerdos” — souvenirs to remember the fun.
“We see from 300 up to 500 children coming by foot, horse, cart and boat to be a part of the fun. You don’t have to speak Spanish to understand a child’s hugs, smiles and laughter,” the Giegs said.
Church Family Missions next trip is schedule from April 23 through May 2 and again we will take a construction team, children’s program and a medical team.
The destination is high in the thickly jungled mountains of Honduras.
“Twenty years ago we brought a construction team to the same village of Yoro to build a church,” the Giegs said. “Our ‘gringo’ presence drew a crowd of 600 children, who seemed to appear out of the jungle from nowhere to come to our children’s program. It was an amazing experience as it shall be again soon.”
The cost is $20,000 for each annual combined project. These finances are acquired in various ways; personal donations, fundraisers and the sale of the Central American arts and pottery.
For more information or any questions that you have regarding any aspect of what Church Family Missions offers, contact Liz and Bill Gieg at 530-577-0725 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Financial donations are tax deductible.
“We thank you in advance for any donation to what has, and continues to be, a most rewarding experience for everyone,” the Giegs said.