Nuevo Reto (New Challenge) is a Christian ministry located in the outskirts of Guatemala City in Villa Nueva, Guatemala.
In 1999, the Lord impressed on my heart the need to get properties for the ministry. At that time, we were still running the ministry in a rental house, a four-bedroom house that used to be our house, the church building, the children’s home and the ministry office. We found land for the Nuevo Reto building but we did not have the money to purchase it.
The owner wanted the money within a week and I promised to get the money for her. The day came when we had to finalize the deal and we still did not have the $5,200.00. I prayed and said: “Lord, you do not make any mistakes. I did by promising to buy with no money, just give me grace before this lady that she may understand I was walking by faith. I decided to meet with her, take her for lunch and explain her I was giving steps of faith when I promised to purchase the land from her. The problem was, she was not a believer and I felt kind of embarrassed. Four hours before I met with her that day, I friend of mine, another minister who was also in the process of saving some money to buy a property for his own ministry heard of our situation and with no documents to sign, lent me the money with no interests and with six months of grace.
Six months later, the Lord provided the money to pay the property in full. In 2001, we were challenged to start building since the first building team would arrive during the summer to help with the construction. We launched on a project of $150,000.00, by faith. No savings, no pledges, only the promise of God who gave us the assurance of his provision. All we dared was to provide a house that will dignify the street kids. A place to be called “home”.
An architect friend warned us: “Do not start building unless you have 60% of the budget”. We did start in June 2001 with only 7% of the budget. Five years later, in November 2006, by the grace of God and after many “special provisions from the Lord” and his people; the Lord brought to completion the dream of having a beautiful building worth $200,000.00 with enough room to house at least 40 kids under the age of twelve, room for staff and all of the commodities needed.
In April 2006, the Lord blessed us with a second property for Nuevo Reto to build the second phase, a house for boys older than twelve (which was required by the government). Through this expansion, it has allowed the boys to be able to learn life skills like carpentry, accounting and auto mechanics.
“A father for the fatherless and a judge for the widows is God in his holy habitation, God makes a home for the lonely.” – Psalm 68: 5-6
Pastor Jacobo Castillo is an ordained minister born in Guatemala city on July 19, 1962. He is the second of seven kids in his family. His parents were not professionals, so he had to learn from the very beginning to live in an atmosphere of extreme poverty. Because of lack of finances, Pastor Jacobo and his other three brothers and three sisters could not attend school on a regular basis. Instead, he had to help his parents to do some elementary jobs like selling vegetables in the streets to survive. A generous lady who was one of their customers motivated them to go back to school. She paid for school fees and school supplies to help Pastor Jacobo and his older brother to go back to school. She also used to help with some used clothes and from time to time even some food. Pastor Jacobo gave his life to the Lord when he was 19 years old. He persevered in a Christian church for four years, serving in different areas as: Sunday school teacher, youth leader and as a deacon. In the meantime, he went to Bible school where he received a call from God to serve him as a full time minister.
In 1986, he started serving the Lord as a Christian counselor, Bible teacher and then Director of a program for drug addicts and alcoholics. He also conducted a radio program and evangelistic crusades to reach young people involved in drugs and alcohol and gangs as well.
Pastor Jacob was moved with compassion, as he saw the suffering of the kids living in the streets of Guatemala. In 1991, he and his small church Templo de la Gloria started Nuevo Reto, a ministry dedicated to reach some of the 5,000 kids living in the streets of Guatemala city. Pastor Jacobo Castillo is married to Nidia, a schoolteacher and they are the parents of Ada Eunice, Pablo Raúl and Nidia Esther. They are national workers with a vision to reach their own people in Guatemala with the love of Jesus.
Nuevo Reto was founded in 1991 with the vision of offering hope to the unfortunate children wandering the streets. For some of them it is due to the lack of parental attention, others have been orphaned, and others have run away from abusive home environments. All of these children are left unprotected to face world full of violence and crime in the streets where many of them have lost their lives. It is our goal to rescue kids from the streets and help them to grow in a Christian family atmosphere and in an environment where they can feel safe. Our mission is to minister to the street children in Guatemala by providing education, shelter, food and basic necessities for the children. Nuevo Reto is an effort of Templo de la Gloria, to minister to some of the most needy of Guatemala, especially the children that for various reasons have become abandoned in the streets.
If you would like a profile on the kids for individual prayer – Please email us for information on the spiritual needs of our kids.
We need retired people, homemakers, nurses, or any Christian brother or sister with a heart to serve the needy. You can consider a short term mission or a long term mission to bless Nuevo Reto. Your financial support can take a kid off the streets.
To learn more about our ministry opportunities please visit Missions To Guatemala