"...great joy which will be to all people."

Luke 2:10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people."

Thursday, September 22, 2016


As with most ministries, we are dependent on charitable giving.  The only way that we are able to be in Guatemala is due to the generous and prayerful support of those who have made a monthly commitment and donations.  This has been such a growing experience for our faith. 

Some of our supporters have extended themselves, month after month.  We are so thankful for you.

Some of our supporters have given one time gifts.  We could not be here without your generosity.

Some of our supporters have given more than they originally committed to.  We are so grateful for you, as well.

Some of our supporters have not been able to continue their support.  Thank you for your generous giving in the past.  We completely understand that life happens and finances change.  We appreciate your vulnerability and honesty.

Please understand that every dollar that is given is appreciated and utilized.  We pray over our finances and monthly budget.  We ask the Lord to make us good stewards and be responsible with the money He has provided.

Our original intent was to stay two years and that anniversary has passed.  Now, as some of you know, we have prayerfully considered staying longer.  This decision does not come lightly.  We have talked with our children, spoken with our family in the states and we have asked our spiritual mentors for wisdom and prayer.  

I believe extending our commitment to work with Mil Casas - The Project will help the ministry continue on towards the goal of building 1000 homes in villages in the Sacatepequez region of Guatemala.  My role in this ministry is to foster relationships with families in our surrounding villages of Pastores and Santa Maria de Jesus.  It is a privilege and joy to meet with families before and after their home builds.  As a team, we assess the level of need each family has, assign homes to short term mission teams to construct, and share the Gospel message.  Hearts are being changed; God's Word is being heard and God's love is being exposed.

We have met with other volunteers in our area who raise support and we believe our budget is accurate for our area.  We've spent the past two months adjusting our needs and now we have a new budget for our family of eight.  If you would like to see our budget, please let us know and we would be glad to share it with you.

So this is where we humbly ask for your help.  We need those of you who are giving to continue.  We need those of you who gave in the past, to consider making a monthly commitment at $10, $25, $50, $100 or any amount the Lord puts on your heart.  Finally, we need you to share your excitement for being involved in this ministry with others.  If you know of someone who might be interested in partnering with us, please let us know.

Please consider making a monthly commitment of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more at

Take a few minutes to watch one of the videos in the sidebar.  They will give you a little insight to what the Lord is doing through this ministry.  Also, visit our Facebook page, write us an email or private message.  We would love to hear from you and pray with you.

Thank you for your support and encouragement over the past two years.  

In His Service,
Jack, Susie, Sophie, Annabelle, Ava Mae, Pearl, Joseph and Jude

John 15: 12-15  

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

Friday, September 9, 2016

What can your family do in Guatemala?

Have you ever had the desire to serve?  Maybe you think you're too young or old.  Maybe you don't know much about construction.  That is not important.  What is important is your desire to share the love of Christ.

Team Rhodes consisted of a family of four (Marty, Mandy, Eli, and Julie), Maddie, Mr. Tom and Ms. Traci.  All different ages, all different backgrounds.  This team, made of 7 unique individuals, built a house, delivered water filters, built a customized wheelchair, fed over 400 children, worked at a special needs hospital and much more! 

Thank you, Maddie, for taking this video.  We do this weekly and it never gets old.  It's such a privilege to volunteer in Guatemala.  Not a day goes by that we don't thank God for our financial supporters and prayer warriors.  We absolutely could not serve here without you.  


If you are interested in helping with the Mil Casas Project, please send us a message at townsendguat@gmail.com.  

Monday, August 8, 2016


Hello friends and family,

Over ten years ago, Pathways Church, now known as Mission City Church, in Largo, Florida, planted a church, Iglesia del Camino, in Antigua, Guatemala.   The building ministry we work with, Mil Casas Project, is a branch of Iglesia del Camino and we are excited to announce, after ten years, it is now it's very own non-profit in Guatemala, called Centro de Suenos!  It's taken a decade in the making but this is a huge step, allowing more Guatemalan job opportunities and Guatemalan ownership.

With this change, we need our funding to be filtered through Centro de Suenos, which requires a change for you.
Two step process:

1.  Please contact Chris Polson at 727-397-4707 x119 or chris.polson@missioncitychurch.com and ask her to cancel your monthly commitment to the Townsend Family.  She is expecting your phone call or email.  Please make sure you ask her for a confirmation of cancellation.  

2.  Please go to:  http://my.simplegive.com/dl/?uid=the944202   After you have created an account, you will be directed to the "My Donation" page.  On the left side, you will need to click on "Scheduled Giving" to create a monthly commitment, and you will find "SUPPORT - JACK TOWNSEND" if you scroll under "Choose a Fund."  After you have successfully signed up, please send us a copy of the verification and we will confirm your donation with Centro de Suenos.

If you would prefer to send a check in the mail, please send to:  
The Guatemalan Dream Center
944 Alcazar Way S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Payable to: The Guatemalan Dream Center, Inc.  Memo: Townsend Family

If you’re not particularly concerned about the 501c3 tax deductions, you can always use PayPal.  Our PayPal ID is townsend164@bellsouth.net .  Several supporters prefer this method because 100% of their support goes directly to us.
Please know we are blessed to receive your support and constant prayers!  Be sure to check your email next week for our most recent newsletter.  We have so much to tell you about!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Annabelle enjoyed translating for a medical team visiting from the US last week.  She absolutely loved her time but her favorite part was telling a mother she was expecting a child after translating  pregnancy test directions.  Annabelle said the mother wanted a baby for over 10 years and my sweet girl remembered an episode of Little House on the Prairie where Ma thought she was having a baby but was actually going through menopause.  Annabelle said she was so thankful this women's test was positive and that it wasn't menopause!  Is my child really only 12?  ;)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Rhodes Family is Coming Back!

Do you remember our friends, Marty and Mandy who brought two of their oldest children to Guatemala last year?  You can check out my blog posts on this incredible family here.  They are coming back to build a house, deliver water filters and work at Campos de Suenos.  This time they are bringing an entire team!  And everyone is staying at our house.  We can't wait!

They are paying for their flights out of their savings and now need just a little more to help with the house build and water filters.  Would you consider making a donation?


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Jude + Joaquin = Buddies

The church had an event planned to feed breakfast to the elderly last week, so they asked me to bake 130 cookies.  The girls were away at camp and Jude had school so I loaded Joseph up in his wheelchair and we walked to Jude's school to drop him off.  There was a lock on the school door so we had to assume it was closed for the day.  Sigh.  Communication here is VERY different than the US.

I told Jude he was going to help me bake and he said, in Spanish, "I want to help Joaquin today."  I have mentioned Joaquin and Patsy, who are our dear friends from El Salvador, in past blog posts.  They are wonderful in so many ways but Jude has especially bonded with Joaquin.  Joaquin calls Jude, "little Jack," and doesn't mind the millions of questions Jude asks him.

When we arrived at church, Jack was loading up the vehicles to build a house.  Joaquin took Jude aside to gently remove him from chaos.  Jude immediately told him he planned to work with him.  Joaquin looked at me tentatively and said, "Well, we will try it!"  So Jude climbed up in the Kia truck and off they went to deliver materials for a house to be built next week.  After he was gone for two hours, I started getting nervous because I learned they went to a village that has been victim to some robberies lately.  By noon they returned and Jude was over the top excited.  He told me all about his very "own shovel," and all dirt he moved around.  He had a blast and, of course, Joaquin kept him safe.  So thankful for people who spend time with my kids and invest in them. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Working from Home

Susie is in the city today food shopping for the MANY teams coming starting next week.

In addition to doing school work with the kids, I am getting the solar lighting systems ready for next week by installing inline switches.

So thankful for the teams who provide families with solar lighting kits!  Electricity is extremely expensive here.  What a great help these are to families.