Our Canadian Missionaries (& their families)
Les and Rita are the founders and field directors of Impact Ministries. With their leadership, Impact Ministries has grown from a dream to a mission with 10 school programs, 1500 sponsored children, a medical clinic and host to many Short Term Mission Teams each year. In the past 15 years, Les and Rita have raised up many Guatemalan leaders; guiding teaching, challenging and praying for them. Rita has mainly been involved in discipling the Guatemalan leaders in very intentionally focused leader’s workshops and challenging them in God’s Word. Les administrates all the areas of the ministry such as the finances, the clinic, construction, agriculture, technology, transportation, and communicates with the boards, the donors and short term mission’s teams. He travels out of Tactic on a regular basis to minister to the visitors and teams, to meet with staff and boards and to tour and do promotional work in North America. Les and Rita truly love the Guatemalan people and are committed to serving God by serving His children in Guatemala.
Ruth and Walter have served Impact Ministries from the very first years. They are confident that God has called them to serve Him with Impact Ministries and believe that God has specifically called them to serve others. It is their desire to be faithful with what He has given them. Walter supervises all of the construction, directs the nutrition and feeding program in the schools, manages all of the property guards, and preaches and serves in the church. Ruth is the Director for Child Sponsorship in Guatemala and is providing all of the sponsorship packages for the Support a Class program. They are busy. They are constantly reminded of His provision through those who are supporting them financially and praying for them. “Our hearts are filled with gratitude for your faithful giving.” Learn More about Ruth and Walter
Julio grew up in Tactic and studied in Beersheba, Impact’s first school. He has served with Impact Ministries
in many capacities. He is part of the Guatemalan Ministerios Impacto Board, and now has administrative responsibility for Short Term Mission Teams and transportation. Julie was first introduced to Impact Ministries through a short term mission trip in 2005. In September 2007 she moved to Guatemala and is serving with Impact as an administrative assistant to Field Director, Les Peters.
Together they head the leadership team of the Rio de Vida Purulha Church, directly serving and ministering to families and individuals. They also form part of the Orphanage Committee, which is the fulfillment of a long term childhood dream of Julie. On the mission field and as believers in Christ, we have come to realize that we cannot do anything on our own. We are dependent on Christ and on His Body which is the Church.
Liz has been a child sponsor with Impact Ministries from the very beginning. She met Les and Rita 26 years ago, and came to Tactic in August, 2013. In the first year she taught English to adult Impact Ministries staff & high school students and taught Tim Kindergarten in English. This year, she taught English to high school students and the Grade One curriculum to Tim.
It is her passion to teach and she has truly enjoyed working with the Guatemalan people and the Short Term Mission Teams in Guatemala.
Don and Sandra have been involved with Impact Ministries since 2007. They were impressed with what God is doing in Guatemala and quickly saw the life transforming power of God at work.
They were initially involved as Team Leaders, Guest House Hosts and Team Hosts. They were both a part of the initial committee dreaming and developing plans for the orphanage and Sandra was able to join the Engineering International Ministries Canada Team completing the survey and design for the orphanage.
In July, 2015, they accepted the role of Canadian Operations Manager. In this role, they are in charge of the Canadian Office staff, communication with donors, finances, and many projects.
Impact Ministries is a faith based organization, where all missionaries raise their own support. In their role as Canadian Operations Manager, they too want to take this faith based model where our supporters would enable them to do this work, and keep the overhead costs at their incredibly low level. We invite you to join our team in this way!
Jessica is currently studying in her 5th year (of 7 years) to become a medical doctor in Guatemala. Her passion and vision is to serve the local people of Guatemala in the Impact Ministries Clinic. Before entering medical school Jessica worked in the ministry as an English teacher, translated for teams, formed part of the church worship team, and helped out in the Sponsorship Office, translating letters. Presently, she continues to be involved in the ministry as time permits.