Gary and Rachel De leon have been with At Risk No More-AMG Guatemala for the past three years. They have always had a heart for at risk youth, especially in their community, so it's no surprise that they felt called to help others. Just talk to them and you will feel their passion for children, youth and the path God has led them to in Guatemala. In August, 2014, they completed a nine month missionary training program through Rachel's home church in Brazil and are now full-time missionaries.
Upon returning to Guatemala, both have been promoted to directors at AMG. Rachel is the Director of Family Care. This includes working with local churches and families to encourage mentoring families in need. Church-based foster care has been very successful and has gained momentum since it's inception. At AMG, they offer parenting classes, health classes and counseling to help families that are struggling.
Gary is now the Director of Network and Alliance for all of AMG's partnerships in Guatemala. There are 5,000 orphans and 32,000 churches in Guatemala. The ministry saw a need to create a movement in Guatemala and change the mindset from anti-adoption, to opening people's hearts and homes to the orphans. This lead to the creation of an alliance of organizations called ACH (Christian Alliance for Orphans Guatemala) with the purpose to help create awareness, equip and empower the churches to care for the orphans in their country. A new partnership with Guatemala City has developed and a new Christian elementary and middle school opened up for more than 120 children and youth that live in the city's garbage dump.