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In 1998, John and Sharon Harvey moved to Chichicastenango from Guatemala City to minister to the Mayan people in the Highlands. After the move to Chichi, people began to visit Sharon at the the Harvey's home when they needed medical care. In 2000, they hired their first 2 Guatemalan Staff. That same year, they were able to purchase some of the land where ASELSI is currently located. With only a small wooden kitchen and a large cistern, they held their first pastor conference on the land!
God began moving quickly, and during this first conference, they had the ground breaking for the main building. The first floor was finished 2 years later, in 2002, with 2 classrooms, offices and a clinic space. By 2004 the second floor was finished, providing much needed additional space for classes, clinic and offices, as the ministry continued to grow. Currently this building is used for administrative and EBA office space and classes for EBA(in Spanish: Estudios Biblicos ASELSI or ASELSI Biblical Studies). The large room on the second floor is also used for staff devotions once a week. A library is on the second floor with 1700 books for staff and students to borrow. Now one of the classrooms on the first floor is for visiting teams to have their orientation and stop in for a break and snack when they need it. We are so grateful to all of the teams and churches who have contributed funds and hands on labor to construct this, and all of our buildings!
Later in 2000, John and Sharon were able to purchase additional property and a home was built at the end of 2000 in the back of the property. It is now home for Emanuel, Jess and their family.
Keep on reading for the full "timeline" story of the buildings
In 2002 another home was constructed on the property. Originally built for Miguel Angel and his family, it now is home for the Harveys when they are in Guatemala.
A simple kitchen was built in early 2002. A wooden structure with plancha (wooden stove with a cook top), a propane stove top, sink, refrigerator, and work space, this kitchen served to feed over 400 at pastor conferences, as well as many hard working visiting teams. The adjacent covered space is used for small events and for team meals.
In January 2014, the old kitchen was torn down to make space for a new kitchen! Now completed, the larger building gives much more space to cook for events and visiting teams.
Built in 2005, this large versatile space has been used for open air medical and dental clinics, small and large events, general work space, some fun basketball games and recess time for the Little Lamb’s Center. In 2012 teams helped to finish a storage area behind the Galera.
In 2004 the first floor of the bodega (warehouse or storage space) was completed. It has space for maintenance tools, team supplies, donated clothes and supplies to give away, and the washer and drier. For a few years it also was used to store clinic and pharmacy supplies, and even the first class room for the Little Lambs Center. The second floor Hospitality House was completed in 2009. It has a large living room/kitchen area, a private bedroom and bath for a couple, and 2 dorm style rooms with bunk beds and bathrooms. It has the capacity to sleep 16, and is perfect for housing visiting teams. A small fee is charged for staying there.
The clinic quickly outgrew the space in the main building! After praying, claiming and purchasing the land, ground was broken for the new clinic building in 2009. The first floor was completed in 2012, and opened for patients in the August 2012. The new clinic has a lab, several exam rooms, a large waiting area, an area for eye exams, a pharmacy, offices for the staff, and storage space. The rear of the building houses the Milk Program and CAF (in Spanish Centro Asistencia Fisiomotriz or Center for Physical Motor Assistance)
Plans for the second level: The architects plans for the building include a second floor. ASELSI’s vision for this space is to have a Mission’s Training Center where Guatemalans can be trained for sending out to evangelize in other countries. We are waiting to see where God will lead with this possibility.
During the summer of 2012, 2 groups came to build a 3 classroom building to house Jesus’ Little Lambs Learning Center. This is located behind the clinic. During the summer of 2013, visiting teams completed a handicapped accessible playground for our students!
This small house, currently under construction near the main gate will provide sleeping quarters and a bathroom for our guard on duty each night.
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