Walfre Estrada

Vida & Esperanza School

I became a Christian in 1985 when a missions group from Arkansas came to my village with YWAM. In 1986 I moved to Guatemala City to finish high school. The Lord used the influence of the only teacher in our village, Berta, to teach me about compassion and love for children. She would walk for a half hour to get to school and always have a smile for us.

I joined YWAM for a time and served in different countries such as Nicaragua, El Salvador, and the United States. God used this time to call me to full-time missions to my own people in Guatemala.

In 1999 we started Colegio Vida y Esperanza (School of Life and Hope) in Santa Lucía Milpas Altas with just 16 students and 3 teachers. Now we have more than 300 students from preK-12th grade. I work through education because that is how God reached me and I want to work for Him to reach many more children and provide them with a solid Christian education.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “
plans to prosper you and not harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11
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