Eureka College students go to Guatemala

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Eight Eureka College students spent spring break getting to know young Christians in Guatemala with an eye toward beginning a long-term relationship between Eureka College students and Guatemalan youth.

The trip, in association with the Ecumenical Christian Council of Guatemala, included visits to churches, communities and Christian organizations so that students better understood the socioeconomic and political situation in the Central American country, said Eureka College Chaplain Bruce Fowlkes, who organized the trip.

“The Ecumenical Christian Council of Guatemala is now in partnership with the Illinois-Wisconsin region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the denomination to which the college is related,” Fowlkes said. “So far this is the second delegation from the United States as part of this new partnership, and representatives of the council have visited the U.S. as well.  The council is doing vital ministry serving many needs in Guatemala, including youth education, care for war widows and environmental sustainability.  The students and I are excited to see how we might help,” Fowlkes said.  

Students who are participating are Hollyann Sajko, Eureka; Elizabeth Imhoff, Roanoke; Joshua Moore, Goodlettsville, Tenn.; Collin Wolf, Morrison; Devyn Whitmore, Bloomington;  Erica Lawver, Macomb; Colton Lott, Ada, Okla.; and Zane Ridings, Salem, Ore.  Fowlkes and Eureka College religion professor Joe Cunningham also will go.

Highlights of the trip include participating in the General Assembly of the Kaqchikel Presbytery of the Evangelical National Presbyterian Church, meeting with members of the Pastoral National Youth of the Guatemalan Christian Ecumenical Council and meeting with members of the Guatemalan Lutheran Church and participating in a youth cultural night at the church. The students also visited historic, archeological, environmental and agricultural sites.