• PURA VIDA MINISTRIES, INC. – Pura Vida Ministries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to promote health and education in the Quiché department of Guatemala.  The mission of Pura Vida is to facilitate the sharing of First World resources with Third World communities in a meaningful, respectful, and long-term way.  Its primary focus is on providing educational opportunities for children in rural Third World villages through scholarships, tutoring, and support of local schools.  COTH through the Love in Action Team has supported in various ways the educational work of Pura Vida in Guatemala since 2014:
    • by contributing to the unsponsored student fund so critical to their on-going work,
    • by members sponsoring Mayan students so that they can get an education,
    • by COTH members participating in the English Camp each year,
    • by funding the many supplies that are needed for the English Camp,
    • by coming to a work session to compile materials, and working on repairs.

Sponsorship of students involves sending funds for your students’ education and related costs, thus allowing them to attend school.  In addition, correspondence between the sponsors and the students allows each to get better acquainted and to know how both are doing. A sponsor who goes to Guatemala gets to have a personal visit with sponsored students and members of their families.  Current COTH members who sponsor youth are Donna and Jerry Bucholz, Sue and Doug Brown, Tina and Steve Nelson and the Spares & Pairs Group.  COTH’s support of Pura Vida Ministries continues to have a rippling effect as friends of COTH continue to sponsor students:  Samantha Smithson Burns, Katie and Jeffrey Williams, Joanna and Bill Cook and Bill and Cathy Short.  These students would NOT be getting an education without this support.

The 6th English Camp was held June 28-July 7, 2019 at Lemoa Retreat Center in the mountains in Guatemala for indigenous children in 4th-9th grade.  COTH had the following people on the team of volunteers:  Jerry Bucholz, Joanna Cook, Bill Short, and Cathy Short. This year there were a number of attendees from the Evergreen community including members of the Evergreen United Methodist Church.

COTH members and people from other churches worked together as a team.   As usual, it was another fantastic camp working with 70+ youth/children from Lemoa, Santa Cruz del Quiché, Chichicastenango and neighboring villages!

 To find out more about sponsoring student or signing up as a volunteer for the English camp:



COTH has continued to support this fair which is a remarkable and far reaching annual event. The two-day fair hosts 45-50 non-profit organizations which represent programs throughout the world including the U.S., Haiti, Guatemala, Brazil, Peru, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. The money collected and awareness raised at this event improves countless lives worldwide.

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Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus ChristThank you to all who filled these wonderful shoe boxes and paid for shipping for these gifts. In 2019, Church of the Hills donated 28 shoe boxes that were sent to countries around the world to bless children with these gifts and the chance to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Samaritan’s Purse