Our ministry gives priority to the development of Godly character.
We challenge and mentor students, as well as youth group participants, to reach their full potential in order to use their God-given abilities to positively impact their homes, churches and communities for Christ.
In 2015, after only two years in existence, PILAS was recognized by the Guatemalan government for its passion and efforts in education and leadership development of adolescents and youth from the villages of the municipality of Sumpango Sacatepéquez Guatemala.
Many visitors have compared PILAS’ leadership programs to Jesus’ model for discipleship. The program grants us the opportunity to disciple approximately twelve scholarship students over a three year period, building relationships that feature love, commitment, authenticity, vulnerability, accountability, and intentionality. We believe in the philosophy of going deeper with fewer youth than going wider with more kids and sacrificing the intimacy.
We teach the students that we are saved by faith, not works, and we are to live out our faith by loving others and caring for their needs. By providing opportunities students learn how to flex their service muscles. These include hair de-licing days at their village’s local school, visiting elderly shut-ins to pray and encourage them, etc.
PILAS’ in-house devotions are always interesting and inspiring. From in-depth studies of various Bible books to analyses of books such as Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages.
PILAS’ leadership lessons features “Guatemala Próspera” sessions. Made in conjunction with world leadership expert John C. Maxwell, these sessions are aimed at impacting society through ethical intelligence and a culture of values. PILAS has adapted these sessions for our age group as well as including Biblical stories and truths to further inspire and train up future leaders.