The Haines family of Honey Brook has a lot of ties to Guatemala. One son, Christian, was born there. Several years ago a daughter, Kayla, went there on a mission trip. Last year, several members of the family went there and this summer, son Conner, sister Lauren, and their father plan to return. This time, however, they’re going to be bringing soccer balls – hopefully lots of them.
The Haines’ started a program known as Goals4Guatemala.org after they went to the Central American country as part of a group of 30 people from an organization called GAIN (Global Aid International). The purpose of their trip was to distribute humanitarian aid and to share the gospel with the children. During the four days they were in Guatemala they interacted with thousands of young people.
“My sister Lauren even got to meet her Compassion International child, Sheroyl,” said Conner. Lauren financially sponsors Sheroyl and writes letters to her. “It was so neat for Lauren to meet her and play with her. We didn’t know the language but we were able to communicate through smiles, hugs, uno, music and soccer,” he said. “We also taught the children the chicken dance.”