Gary & Rachel DeLeon

Serves with AMG International in Guatemala

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Gary and Rachel de León are serving the Lord with AMG in Escuintla, Guatemala. Gary, a native Guatemalan, and Rachel, a Brazilian, met while studying at a Bible college in West Michigan. They both shared the same passion for missions and upon graduating in 2011 moved to Guatemala to begin serving with AMG. In 2016 their first son was born, Xavier Eduardo and in 2018 their youngest son joined the family, Iker André. A few years into their ministry service, Guatemala experienced a devastating disaster when a volcano erupted in devastating hundreds of low-income communities. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Gary and Rachel began helping the displaced families and also asking God for guidance as a new ministry focus began to stir in their hearts. God heard their prayers and as of 2019 they have been working with those displaced families in a new AMG program called the TAVA Project. Through this program, their hope is to assist families to reach self-sustainability as they begin to re-build their lives; and at the same time provide education, nutrition and discipleship to children and youth from the community.  Micah 6:8 – “He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Guatemala is the most populated country in Central America. The majority religion is Christianity and is primarily Roman Catholic. Families in Guatemala suffer from many difficult circumstances such as drug use, alcoholism, physical violence, broken homes, and malnourishment. Often children are forced to begin working at an early age. Many families are extremely poor, live in small dilapidated homes and don’t make enough to provide for their physical needs.