When should I visit my group?
Please feel free to visit your group as you are able and as ZOE has space on trips. We do all we can to make sure every group partner has an opportunity to travel, and it is a great encouragement to your group for them to see you, thank you, and worship with you. You can also be a powerful voice telling others in your community what is being accomplished. You are welcome to visit the children in any year of the program, including post-graduation.
Why are the costs different for Guatemala?
The cost of living in Latin America is much higher than Africa and India, so partnerships in Guatemala are $12,000 per group per year for three years. This translates into a higher costs for almost every piece of the program.
How does ZOE encourage the growth of faith among participants?
ZOE is a religiously non-restrictive program. All orphans and vulnerable children are able to qualify for the program regardless of their beliefs. ZOE does not coerce children into saying they believe in certain way to fully participate in the program. However, ZOE is a Christian organization and we do not leave our faith behind us as we help children to help themselves. The children in ZOE’s program both see and hear the Christian message of God’s great love for them. This message is always an invitation and never a requirement for being a full and respected member of the group. As in every other aspect of the program, the young people are encouraged to make decisions for themselves. This is also why the program is so effective in children learning about God’s love. Because the young people make their own decisions, they also take responsibility to speak with one another, and with other members of the community about the Gospel. Groups often incorporate prayer, worship and faith sharing in wonderful, non-exclusive ways.