At least once a year our Executive Director Jeff Hassel visits the U.S. to connect with church congregations who have supported us financially and through service trips to Guatemala. This year, we are excited to be changing up the normal routine by sending someone new—Yaneth Cholotio, our Manager of International Programs. We are always looking for opportunities to promote the professional and personal growth of the local leaders on our team—and Yaneth is one to take advantage of every growth opportunity she discovers in her life. Both she and the rest of the team are enthusiastic that she will be sharing her personal story of growing up in San Juan, and promoting ODIM's mission and work.
All of our volunteer teams from the last few years know Yaneth as the kind, astute, and smiley woman who has patiently and supportively guided them through their service experience and helped them connect with our communities and learn about their culture. But our friends who have never been to Guatemala haven’t yet met Yaneth—in fact, this will be her first time ever traveling outside of Guatemala! Yaneth is excited—and we are excited for her! Always the volunteer coordinator, now it’s her turn to explore a foreign culture, learn new perspectives, share her story, and be a champion of ODIM’s impact on lives.
“I’m excited for this coming experience to have the opportunity to experience other cultures and meet new people. I look forward to sharing the good work that ODIM does, and to encouraging the people I meet to join us in improving the lives of people in San Juan and San Pablo La Laguna.” — Yaneth
Yaneth’s Agenda of Visits
Friends in Colorado, Kansas, and Texas are invited to share in any of the events they are able to attend. Come meet Yaneth, learn how you can help support the education and medical programs in San Juan and San Pablo La Laguna. A love offering in support of ODIM’s work will be taken up at each.
Event in Breckenridge, Colorado
Sunday, Sep. 3 Father Dyer UMC 7:00 PM
Yaneth will speak briefly in regular Sunday morning services. In the evening, there will be an educational event regarding life in Guatemala. The documentary "Living on a Dollar" will be shown, followed by a learning session with Yaneth.
Events in Kansas
Events in Texas
Tuesday, Sept. 12: University Park UMC, Dinner Event 6:30 PM
The evening will feature a silent auction with contributions from Northaven artists as well as a delicious Mexican food meal provided by women from Christ's Foundry UMC. RSVP Here
Thursday, Sept. 14: FUMC Denton (In Miller Center), Dinner Event 6:00 PM
Yaneth will share her story, and dinner will be catered by El Chaparral Grille in Denton.
Sunday, Sept. 17: Argyle UMC Sunday morning services
For more information about any of the above events, email Yaneth at firstname.lastname@example.org