C3 in Guatemala

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Radical Generosity is an opportunity for you to share your heart for helping children in poverty.

In 2019, C3 is partnered with Compassion International to build a church in San Juan Chamelco (near Coban) in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. The church’s name is Iglesias Del Nazareno led by Pastor Carlos. Guatemala has recently become more open to Jesus, creating opportunities for C3 to lead more people into NEW and GROWING relationships with Jesus.

As of February 2024, the C3 family has sponsored 322 children in the Coban region and 350 children currently attend the Center weekly.  ALL BECAUSE YOU GIVE!


Sponsor a child in Guatemala

Poverty tells children that they have no future. Sponsorship tells them otherwise. Sponsor a child for only $38 a month and give him or her the best gift ever — hope!  A sponsored child spends an average of 4,000 hours in safe programs, stays in school up to 1.5 years longer than unsponsored children and are up to 75% more likely to become leaders in their communities! Click here to sponsor a child in Guatemala.

Between 2020-2021, 300 children were sponsored and about $100,000 raised thanks to YOUR generosity! This money will be used to support Guatemalan families in times of need and natural disasters.

Guatemala Church build updates

Guatemala Update Jan. 2021

March 2022 Update

Great progress has been made on the final steps of construction. Doors and windows have been added. Construction workers are currently prioritizing finishing the bathrooms, which includes building a wall and adding sinks. They will begin tiling the kitchen floor soon. The church rejoices that they have been able to welcome children and families into the church sanctuary, where construction is complete.
Guatemala Update Jan. 2021

October 2021 Update

Mission Accomplished!
Iglasias Del Nazareno Church, led by Pastor Carlos, is now impacting 200 children and their families. These children have a place to go where they can learn, grow and develop and be encouraged in their faith. In the photo above, a beneficiary named Kimberly stands outside with her mother after participating in an interview.
Guatemala Update Jan. 2021

August 2021 Update

60 adults and 40 children regularly attend church services, and caregivers and community members continue to volunteer their time and effort to help with construction.  In the photo above, construction workers are building a roof over the church sanctuary.

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Guatemala Update Jan. 2021

May 2021 Update

More progress! Construction workers have leveled the floor and are building support columns in the church sanctuary. They are also adding floors in the classrooms. Next steps include beginning construction of the kitchen.

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Guatemala Update Jan. 2021

January-March 2021 Update

Columns to support the building are almost complete, and construction workers are leveling the ground where the kitchen and the bathrooms will be built. A slanted roof has been added above the sanctuary (pictured above before the roof was added), and the classroom walls are being plastered. Workers have also begun building the kitchen and two bathrooms.

January 2021 Update.

March 2021 Update.

Guatemala Needs you


Percentage of Guatemalans living in poverty


Indigenous people living in poverty


Children under 5 who are malnourished

Children (7-14 years old) involved in child labor

Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America with about 17 million people. Unfortunately, Guatemala is a predominantly poor country that struggles in several areas of health and development, including infant, child, and maternal mortality, malnutrition, literacy, among other things. Two-thirds of the population live on less than $2 dollars a day. The country has the sixth highest chronic malnutrition rate in the world. Malnourished children face many developmental challenges, including a reduced ability to concentrate in school. Access to education is difficult. Underinvestment in buildings, materials and staffing mean that schools are often unable to deliver a quality education, particularly in rural areas. There are 2 million Guatemalan children, of school age, who are not enrolled, the majority being girls. Consider sponsoring a child and improving their life and relationship with Jesus.

Sources: The World Factbook; The World Bank; US Department of Labor; UNICEF; World Food Programme

Frequently Asked Questions About Sponsorship

How much is it to sponsor a child?

$38 per month (tax deductible). This is done via credit card. All financial transactions are run through Compassion International. C3 does not set the cost, touch the money, or handle the credit card information. Learn more here.

What benefits does the child receive?
  • Medical checkups, which often save lives
  • Nutritious food
  • Health and hygiene training
  • Educational assistance
  • Access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief
  • Mentoring to help children discover their incredible value as God’s children
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God. Just imagine how exciting it will be when one day you get to heaven and your sponsored child is there with you because you chose to sponsor him or her.
Can I write to my child?

Yes! As much as you would like to. This is an opportunity for you to speak into this child’s life, not a pen pal opportunity. Once your account is setup you can go to Compassion.com to set up MY ACCOUNT. You write letters & manage your account there. OR download the COMPASSION APP.

Can I send other gifts?

Only monetary gifts can be sent through Compassion in the form of a Child GIFT, BDAY GIFT or FAMILY GIFT. Since most all of these children do not have a mailing address, material gifts other than letters cannot be sent.

I still have questions. What should I do?

Visit and explore Compassion International’s website.

Here are some areas for quick website access:


Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry pairing compassionate people with children living in extreme poverty to release the children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty.

How long is the commitment?

This is a personal commitment. We understand that a sponsor’s financial situation may change, so you can stop at any time.

Compassion asks however, for the sake of the child, that sponsors enter into this relationship with the intention that it will be for the long term. Sponsored children graduate from the program between the ages of 18 and 22, after receiving some post high school training or education.

How much money goes to the child?

A minimum of 80 cents of every dollar goes to the child. Compassion has consistently been recognized by Charity Navigator, Forbes and the Nonprofit Times for superior financial integrity.

Will my child write to me?

Yes. Each child is required to write twice a year & send a ‘thank you’ letter for any monetary gift over $50. Young children will be in the learning process.

As a sponsor you will also receive:

  • Child sponsorship information packet
  • Photos of your child
  • Option to send letters/photos electronically

The first letter from your child will be received 2-4 months after sponsorship begins.

When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card will be charge for the initial payment when the form arrives at headquarters (within 10 business days). Sponsors may call Compassion at any time to adjust their monthly auto-pay date.