Serving at-Risk Families

Our Serving at-Risk Families (SARF) ministry in Linda Vista and Villa Neuva, Guatemala began in 2013. SARF provides extremely poor families with schooling, job training, healthcare access, Bible education and Bible community clubs, home repairs, nutritional training, and emotional counseling needed to help get them to a place of self-sufficiency.


Since less than 20% of Guatemalans graduate from high school, SARF gives the children in the SARF ministry families an opportunity to go to school. We are working with this young, new generation to educate and break the poverty cycle of each family.


The ministry currently has 4 in-country missionaries from York County, PA that support all facets of the program. Servants sends 8-10 mission teams per year to build relationships with our families, local churches, community members and each other. Our teams work on family and community repair projects. 


Click here for the latest SARF Newsletter!

2018 Backpack Campaign

The Perez family moved to Linda Vista, Guatemala 15 years ago hoping to obtain employment so the family could survive. They moved from Nebaj, which is a very, very poor area hidden in the highlands of Guatemala. Unfortunately, their lack of education and Juanita’s illiteracy has stifled their chances of success so they remain in their family’s continuing poverty cycle.

The cycle of poverty is a phenomenon where poor families become impoverished for at least three generations so there are no surviving ancestors who possess and can transmit the intellectual, social, and cultural capital necessary to stay out of or change their impoverished condition. Such families have either limited or no resources.

But that doesn’t mean families do not have a desire to break their poverty cycle!

Families that live in extreme poverty see school as an impossible cost. Families don’t understand that keeping their children home to work instead of going to school continues the poverty cycle for the next generation.

Serving at-Risk Families (SARF) raises money to send all of the children from each family in the program to school and provides their tuition, uniform, books, supplies, shoes, and backpack.  By giving them a quality education, the opportunities for employment upon graduation increases dramatically.  

This year’s Backpack Campaign needs to raise $15,000 for tuition, uniforms, shoes, school supplies and backpacks.

Gather your classmates, your school clubs, your friends and family and when you purchase a backpack for school, buy a second one to send to Guatemala. When you raise money this summer with jobs, yard sales, and lemonade stands, give 10% toward the education of our Guatemalan SARF children. When you have VBS at your church, consider raising money for education. Tell your Youth Leader to schedule a 24-Hours in Poverty event to help fund education. Let us know your ideas to raise $15,000!

For more information, please contact Chris Gohn at chris@servants.org. 


Check Out Our Serving at-Risk Families Minstry

Watch as our missionaries put together nutrition baskets for our families who are malnourished.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vAA-UtBdAU&t=25s&index=9&list=PLujOhR4nTvCWATcV5XRSMs3WwxgasVy6e


See how the Cost of Living in Guatemala affects our families.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0ew3Dqss1I&index=12&list=PLujOhR4nTvCWATcV5XRSMs3WwxgasVy6e


Check out some of our SARF mission teams.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noaeOsS3Bcw&t=25s&index=8&list=PLujOhR4nTvCWATcV5XRSMs3WwxgasVy6e


See some of the landscape of Guatemala the way our SARF missionaries see it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbYQpLB44KA&t=3s&index=11&list=PLujOhR4nTvCWATcV5XRSMs3WwxgasVy6e

How can you SARF?

There are many ways that you can SARF with us! Click on the links below to learn more!


You can sponsor a FAMILY


You can donate to our VAN FUND


To join us on our next SARF trip, please contact Kate Reed at KateReed@Servants.org.


Don't delay! Make a decision to SARF today!

After 40 Girls Die in Orphanage Fire, Guatemala Asks Evangelicals for Advice....

Christianity Today wrote an article reporting about Guatemala and its struggle to come to terms with the Orphanage Fire tragedy. Toward the end of the article, it talks about trying to keep families together instead of having poverty-stricken parents give their children to an orphanage because they do not have the money to feed or care for them.  UNICEF estimates that of the 132 million orphans in the world, only 10 percent have lost both parents. Guatemala is no exception.


This is exactly what the SARF ministry does and is God's purpose for its existence - Serving at-Risk Families - families at risk of falling apart. Please earnestly pray about supporting our families today! 


The article is attached or you can read it at:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/march-web-only/40-girls-die-orphanage-fire-guatemala-asks-evangelicals.html.


Orphanage_Fire___Christianity_Today.pdf.pdf