Cedar Ridge is developing a mutually beneficial partnership with the wonderful people of Ipala, Guatemala. Through regular trips, local events, and ongoing practical projects, we are fostering friendships with the women, men and children of this Central American town, and with immigrants living in the metro DC area. As we learn from and serve alongside each other, we are experiencing the goodness of the Kingdom of God.
Starting with our vision-inspired desire to reach out beyond global, cultural and political barriers to offer friendship and practical support, the Global Engagement team led our community through a thorough and prayerful process of selecting a developing country upon which we would focus our efforts. Through a series of God-directed circumstances, in 2009 we settled on Ipala, a town of 20,000 in southeastern Guatemala.
Since that time, over 50 of our youth and adults have ventured to the area, making friends, visiting schools, serving alongside local residents, and falling in love with this beautiful town and its surrounding villages.
Working throughout the year in cooperation with the Comite Ipalteco de Hermanamiento (CIDHER), the municipal government, and the Ipaltecos Ausentes group based in Maryland, Cedar Ridge is currently focused on providing educational opportunities for the children and youth of Ipala, and helping address the healthcare and environmental concerns of the community.
People of all ages at Cedar Ridge are engaged in this partnership through correspondence, planning, travel, playing soccer and participating in other events with our Ipala-born neighbors, prayer, and providing financial support for scholarships and our other ongoing projects. To get involved, contact Deb Frew. We’d love to have you join with us in following Jesus into the lives of the people of Ipala.