When PFM visited Guatemala in 2012 by invitation of Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg, FL and Pastor Danny Hodges, there was truly no way to imagine the incredible events that would be set in motion from that point forward. What began as a trip to observe a local children’s program landed a matchless property which has since become PFM’s Central American headquarters – the “Potter’s Field Center” in Antigua, Guatemala.
The Potter’s Field Center now facilitates numerous ministries of both PFM and Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg, as the partnership continues in this shared vision to transform lives throughout Guatemala. Housed on this property is the first phase of the IGNITE Mission Training School where interns train for the first three months of their one-year program, a team of IGNITE interns serving their six months of field time, a weekly Potter’s Field Kids Club, and many short-term mission trips throughout the year. Additionally, the Potter’s Field Center is home to Calvary Chapel Antigua (a church plant of Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg) pastored by Luis Sanchez, and Calvary Chapel Bible College also overseen by Pastor Luis.
PFK Guatemala consists of weekly Kids Clubs in both Antigua and the nearby town of Ciudad Vieja, with around 250 children total attending these programs. In Antigua, the number of children able to attend the program has more than quadrupled via the PFK “bus ministry” which shuttles in children to the Potter’s Field Center from five stops throughout the city. These Kids Clubs have been so fruitful in the children’s lives that a women’s Bible study has developed in Antigua during the weekly PFK program for the mothers of these children. Over 30 women have been drawn to come each week and learn more about this Jesus who has poured out His love on their children and brought such hope and transformation to their lives.
PFK Guatemala has also been given the incredible gift of being able to teach English in the local public school system – using the Bible as curriculum! Currently, IGNITE interns and alumni teach in seven different schools impacting more than 1,900 children per week. This opportunity came about through the awareness and open doors created by a medical mission trip hosted at the Potter’s Field Center in 2014. In attendance at this clinic was the superintendent of the public schools, at the time when the government had just cut the funding for English in the school system. Seeing the interns and staff of PFM and the ministry firsthand through the medical clinic brought about the occasion for this new and incredibly fruitful venture.
The opportunities for the impact of PFK Guatemala and the Potter’s Field Center are endless and PFM continues to stand in awe of the Lord as He is mightily at work on behalf of the needy and unreached in Guatemala.