Where We Work


In Guatemala, a PILA (pee-lah) is a term used to identify someone with great potential; a go-getter, intelligent, eager to succeed in life.

There are many ‘PILAS’ in rural Guatemala who don’t have the opportunities to develop their God given talents, intelligence and leadership abilities because of poor economic conditions, discrimination against their indigenous heritage, and family situations.

By living in Sumpango Sacatepéquez, a town close to many of the post grade 6 educational institutions in the area, and surrounded by nine rural villages, we have the flexibility and opportunity to exponentially reach more youth with the Good News of the Gospel and help them become equipped leaders in their communities.

PILAS Student Ministry exists to reach adolescents, impact lives, and transform communities.

In partnership with the villages’ local primary schools, we host weekly youth group for kids in grades five and six, and have had scholarship students from six different villages: San José el Yalú, Santa Marta, el Guachipilín, Las Flores, Rancho Alegre, and San Rafael el Arado.

As well, PILAS partners with various local churches to reach children and youth in the municipality of Sumpango via outreach events and other activities.

PILAS works in the surrounding nine villages of
Sumpango Sacatepéquez Guatemala. Check out where they are.