Impact Ministries


Impact Ministries is an inter-denominational ministry established in 1997 by a group of educators, administrators and individuals who share a concern for the impoverished and disadvantaged people of Latin America. Impact Ministries is a charitable non-profit society governed by a Board of Directors. Our focus is with the Kekchi and Poqomchí people groups of Guatemala. In the rural areas around Tactic, more than 80 percent of the people are illiterate and this debilitates and isolates them from the ‘outside’ world. Impact Ministries’ primary goal is to open up the Word of God to these precious people through Christian School Education.

The people of Tactic are very, very poor. The average man in Tactic earns a wage of 35 Quetzals ($5.00 Canadian) for an 8 hour day of heavy farm labor, dairy work or cutting and selling firewood.

Recently, Guatemala has seen a revival that has brought 35% of the people into evangelical Christianity. Historically, the Mayan people of Rural Guatemala have lived with a polytheistic blend of Roman Catholicism, ancient Mayan traditions and witchcraft, creating an oppressive religious spirit keeping the people in fear, bondage and ignorance. The Light of the World alone can dispel this darkness.

Impact Ministries is committed to loving, serving and discipling the people of Tactic.

Key Components of our Ministry


Meet our first House Parents

Ericka has her hands full.  She has 3 boys under the age of 7 – her youngest was born in January.  She’s also the superintendent overseeing all our Vida schools.  And she’s a pastor’s wife.  Life is busy. And yet, Ericka and her husband Hector are expanding their ministry, rather than slowing down.  In December, […]

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Excited Chijulha students

First day at Chijulhá

Many years ago, while Elmer Poou – one of our original students – was still in elementary school, Impact Ministries acquired a piece of land in Chijulhá. Impact Ministries had big plans for Chijulhá, but God had even bigger plans for the ministry, so for a dozen or so years, the land at Chijulhá grew […]

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First day of school at Vida Mocohan

Musical chairs

Have you ever felt like you were playing musical chairs? Trying to get everyone into the right seats isn’t always easy! That’s definitely the case when you’re trying to get students into school seats in Guatemala. We’re working on some exciting new changes in our Vida Mocohan and Vida Chicoy schools. You see, we found […]

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Alba with her teacher

This is Alba

This is Alba – her favourite colour is green, she likes to play with dolls, and her favourite Bible Story is Daniel & the Lion’s Den. In many ways, she’s like any other 6-year-old. But Alba hasn’t had it easy.  Abandoned by her mother, she lives with her grandparents. Their home has a dirt floor […]

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Doctor examining young patient

Last-Minute Gift Ideas: Give Health

Still looking for a few last-minute gifts?  Our Christmas Gift Catalogue features seven gifts that you can give to make an Impact – with no wait times, no missed deliveries, and no trip to the mall needed 🙂 Today, we’re going to look more closely at the impact you can make through a gift of health.  It’s an […]

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Students on Computers

Spanning the Digital Divide

Do you have a computer in your home?  in your workplace?  in your classroom? Needless to say, most of our Vida students don’t go home to houses filled with technology – yet, like everywhere, more and more jobs in Guatemala require digital proficiency. “Many of the children who study in our schools have not had […]

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