Staff Elizabeth WelshAnchorage StaffAdministratorLearn moreFabiola Chavajay (Faby)San Pedro La Laguna StaffGU-200 SponsorshipLearn more Directors Anchorage-based Pat HadleyPresidentLearn moreJoe LoMonacoFounderLearn moreKelly LesemanExecutive DirectorLearn moreMax BolinLearn moreKirsten McDanielSecretary/TreasurerLearn moreKeith ReedVice-PresidentLearn more Elizabeth Welsh Administrator My last visit to Guatemala was in 2010 when my husband and I led a mission team of young adults from our church to Guatemala, though we never made it to San Pedro because the volcano erupted, and earthquakes mixed with a huge storm washed out the road. We spent that week in Guatemala City cleaning ash from the volcano and serving in the garbage dump. It was definitely my most memorable trip! My heart ached to be so close to San Pedro and not get to see my sponsor child. But on our last day, to my surprise and delight, they were able to bring my sponsor child to the hotel in Guatemala City! I was overjoyed to get to hug her and spend precious time with her. I love that Proyecto Fe builds relationships through our sponsorship program. Currently I am the Ministry Coordinator for Proyecto Fe, and I am excited to be a part of this ministry again. In addition, I am in school as an apprentice midwife. Midwifery is a calling, and ever since my children were born, I have wanted to be a midwife. God designed childbirth and it is a privilege to witness and guard that miracle of life again and again. I have often dreamed about delivering babies in San Pedro one day! Fabiola Chavajay (Faby) GU-200 Sponsorship “Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:24 First, I thank God for the lives of each person who makes up Proyecto Fe, because despite the pandemic in which many of our families were affected, you never stopped supporting our young people and children; and I always ask God for health for each family involved in providing for the needs of our children and young people in our town. Since I was a child, my dream was always to be at Colegio Bethel. Once I was there, it felt like a second home. Colegio Bethel is a fundamental part of my spiritual life; so, when I had my first girl, I did not hesitate to put her to study at Bethel School and that gave me the privilege of continuing to visit the place where I had such pleasant moments and memories that to this day I cannot forget. In each activity that the school carried out, they always asked for the support of the parents, I did not hesitate to support them for various reasons: to be able to be close to my daughter, to be able to visit the school, but also to relive the memories of my school times. My dream was always to be part of the school without imagining that eventually I would get to be also part of its staff as I became an English teacher in all the school levels. I had the joy of working with children of different ages and with the teachers, who gave their best effort to serve God and the children in the best way. But all of this could not be achieved without the support of Proyecto Fe. I know that there are many that got to attend the school because of your support. I thank Joe LoMonaco, a man who supported me since I was 12 years old and thanks to him, I am where I am now, and I am the woman I am. I am not ashamed to call him PAPITO (Daddy), because that is what he is to me, I always ask God for his life and health. There are many stories that I have lived, but in all of them God has always been present. Today I am married and have 3 children, two daughters, Kherllyn, 13, and Becky, 7; and a baby boy, Pedro. Our daughters love attending school and are proud of being in Bethel! God has been very good to me, he has given me the privilege and the blessing of being able to work with Proyecto Fe here in San Pedro, a blessing that reaches me, my husband Pedro, and our children. I thank all of you for continuing to support our young people and children. I ask God to continue to bless you greatly. I know that everything you do will have its reward in heaven as the Bible tells us: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? And the King will answer them, Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:35-40 Fabiola Chavajay Keith Reed Vice-President Kirsten McDaniel Secretary/Treasurer I was first introduced to Proyecto Fe in 2012. My heartstrings were pulled, and I sponsored a 6-year-old girl. A month later, I was on a plane to San Pedro La Laguna on a mission trip and I got to not only meet my sponsor child but spend time with her and her family throughout the trip. After attending the Monday morning children’s worship service at the school and seeing the children in genuine worship with their eyes closed and hands raised to our Savior, I knew I would be coming back. Since that first trip in 2012, I have had the honor of helping recruit and lead many medical/dental mission trips to Guatemala and helping oversee the healthcare of both students and impoverished residents of San Pedro and surrounding communities. I joined the Board of Directors in 2013, and currently serve as the secretary/treasurer. In my professional life I have a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s degree in business administration from Wayland Baptist University. I have spent the last decade managing commercial properties and businesses. I have also worked in medical marketing. My husband, Austin, and our son Leo have made Anchorage our home. We have enjoyed sponsoring two kids in San Pedro from kindergarten up through middle school and beyond. I am thankful for this incredible opportunity to serve on the board and look forward to seeing where the Lord will lead Proyecto Fe in the coming years. A Dios Sea La Gloria! To God be the glory! Max Bolin I am Max Bolin. I was born and raised in northwestern Montana. My father was a pastor and I received Christian teaching all through my childhood. I accepted Jesus into my heart at the age of five. Even though I was very young, that decision has affected my life ever since. Looking back, I have realized how important it is for children, to be taught the truth of Jesus. After high school I attended Letourneau College in Longview Texas with a major in civil engineering. I came to Alaska in 1965 to work construction after the 1964 earthquake. I was drafted into the army while in Alaska and served in Vietnam. I returned to Alaska with my wife, Mary, in 1969 and continued in the building trade for more than 50 years. I first heard about San Pedro Laguna and the ministry there from my friend and work partner Joe LoMonaco. That was in 1996 and I had the privilege of being in the very first mission team to visit San Pedro in December of that year. The main reason I went on that first trip was to support the vision Joe had for the children in Guatemala, but God had other plans for me. On the plane trip down, before I even reached Guatemala, the Lord met with me in a life-changing way. He revealed to me the importance of helping others come to know his son Jesus Christ. My passion for this work has not faltered in the ensuing decades. I have been on the Proyecto Fe Board of Director from its beginning. I have witnessed the hand of God touching people in miraculous ways: those participating on mission teams as well as parents, children, pastors, and missionaries in Guatemala. Recalling the effect on my life of accepting Jesus at age 5, has fueled my support of Sunday school and vacation Bible school not only in San Pedro la Laguna, but also in the remote mountain villages of Guatemala. Mary and I have attended Cornerstone church since our first arrival in Alaska. Cornerstone has been a continuing supporter of the work of Proyecto Fe since my first trip in 1996. This support has been the sending of many mission teams, providing pastor training and providing generous financial help. My life verses are Matthew 28-18-20: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Kelly Leseman Executive Director I am the newest member to the Proyecto Fe Board of Directors but have been involved with the organization since my first mission trip in 2013. I have been in Alaska since 1978 where I also met my wife Wendy, and our two children were born. An engineer and project manager by profession, God has blessed me with the heart and skills to serve others. Especially those in need. I am compelled by God’s grace to share the blessings He has so freely and graciously given. “Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace” (1 Peter 4:10). From my very first trip to San Pedro La Laguna, I knew God was working in me to serve the people there. One cannot help but fall in love with the Guatemalan people. To witness their faith, the joy they experience, the peace that comes through Jesus regardless of their circumstances is awe inspiring and humbling. So much so that I often get confused on who is trying to bless who. My wife and I have been blessed to sponsor three children. It has been amazing to watch these children grow and make a difference in their lives. To witness their spiritual growth, education, and their heart to serve others is one the greatest joys in my life. I consider it a privilege to serve on the Proyecto Fe Board of Directors and will continue to serve where the Lord may lead me. Joe LoMonaco Founder Pat Hadley President I have known the Lord since childhood, and was called by God to church leadership when I was twenty years old. I moved to Anchorage, Alaska with my wife Gayle and two children in 1994, where I have served as a pastor, Christian university teacher, and principal of a Christian school. I was introduced to Proyecto Fe when I went on a youth mission trip in 2005. I fell in love with the people of San Pedro La Laguna and the many opportunities to serve the Lord by serving others. Since that time, I have led many trips for youth and adults, as well as leading several pastor’s conferences. I have always been humbled and blessed by the sweet, hungry spirits of the pastors of the region. I have learned that those who go on mission trips get touched by God and grow spiritually as much or more than the ones we serve. My wife and I have also enjoyed sponsoring several children through the years. What a blessing to be able to make a difference in children’s lives! So many who participate in this ministry experience the truth of the Scripture: "A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." (Proverbs 11:25) I have had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors for several years, and I look forward to continued service in whatever capacity the Lord has for me.