Francis & Andrea Frizelle
Andrea & Francis Frizelle Andrea Lopez was born and raised in Puerto Barrios, the third child to a Pastor & Teacher. Having tested out job opportunities including teaching, medicine, and social work, she heard God calling her to missions and to do the Discipleship Training School (DTS) offered by Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Guatemala City in 2010. From there she went on to serve in local missions with Ministerios Casa Verde back in Puerto Barrios. Francis Frizelle grew up in England and worked for British Youth for Christ for three years upon turning 18, then going to University to study Psychology. After this he joined a missions program called the World Race which visits 11 countries in 11 months – month nine was in Guatemala and his team was based with Casa Verde in Puerto Barrios. Francis & Andrea worked closely during that month and a friendship quickly developed. Following that time they started a relationship and Andrea went to work with YWAM Holmsted Manor in the South of England, whilst Francis returned to University not too far from there to train as a teacher. During that year they got engaged and married in England at the end of it, feeling a joint call to give their lives to missions. After a second ceremony in Guatemala they returned to working with Casa Verde for a number of months before going to YWAM Antigua (closer to Guatemala City) to do the DTS offered there together. From there they followed God’s direction and went out to work in missions with YWAM Penang in Malaysia, where they stayed for three years and during which time they had their first child, Charlotte, known as Charlie. At the end of this time they returned to Guatemala for the birth of their second child, Jonathan, known as JJ, and went back to Antigua to join the staff of the YWAM base there. They have now finished their two year commitment to that base and have felt God call them to return to missions in Puerto Barrios, a place God keeps bringing them back to to serve in in missions, and a place strongly on their hearts. They are excited to get involved in the work that Pure Joy is doing and to find out how they can best use the skills and abilities God has developed in them during their time in missions so far to help Pure Joy continue to grow into the fullness of what God has called it to be and do as a light to those in Puerto Barrios.
"On Mondays in Club Exploradores, I am a teacher of the youngest age group. My hope and prayer is that God would give us the wisdom to sow the seed of the word of God in the children and that they would have faith in the power of prayer. Whenever we know that one of them is sick, I invite them to pray together for them. One day, I was overjoyed when one of the girls approached me and asked me to pray for my little sister because she is sick. I am thankful that the boys and girls put their trust in God through prayer. I pray to God that this seed may grow in their hearts as His Word says." -Yeni
I have seen the hand of God working in the life of Don Jorgito in the nursing home. He was very sick a few months ago and was unable to eat do anything by himself, but I have seen how He has been improving every day. He can already move his hands a little and eat himself. We still need to continue praying for his health since the previous Tuesday his blood pressure was not good and he did not have the strength to continue walking. We need to continue praying for Don Jorgito. –Ana
"With more than half the population living below the poverty line, many children – especially rural and indigenous children – are forced to drop out of school to help support their families or because they are unable to afford the cost of uniforms, books, supplies and transportation. In many poor communities, school fees for tuition, textbooks, uniforms and supplies easily consume a substantial percentage of a poor family’s income and result in high drop out from school. Dropout rates are high, especially for girls. Girls particularly are expected to take care of siblings, leave school to help support their family or get married early.” 1
We saw this happening all too often in Piedra Parada, the community near the city dump. Teens would either never continue onto school after sixth grade, or they would start middle school and then drop out because their families could not afford the school expenses.
We knew, however, that with a little bit of help, these teens could complete their schooling, gain better jobs, help their family, and end this cycle of generational poverty.
In 2016, we formed Project VALOR, a sponsorship program that gives the children and teens living in the communities surrounding the city garbage dump an opportunity to continue their education into middle and high school. Over the last couple years, our program has grown to help teens in other poor areas in Puerto Barrios.
This year, six of our Project Valor students are graduating high school, and we are so proud of them! Now, we have 12 new students who want to continue their education to middle and high school. We'd love to say yes, yes yes to all of the teens, but we need the help of people like you!
For $45/month (or $540/year), you can give these teens an opportunity that they desire and need. The sponsorship includes daily bus fees, computer class fees, school uniforms, shoes, school supplies, a tutoring program twice a week, and lunches at the tutoring program. If you are unable to give the full $45/month, a donation of any amount will go towards helping this program continue. All donations are tax-deductible.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child or would like to receive more information, please fill out the boxes below and click submit! If you would like to donate to this program, please click on the donate button below. Thank you!!
God is working in the hearts and minds of these children. We believe He has big plans for them and their community. The amazing part is that He allows us to be a part of it! If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (570) 360-9216 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Meaning Behind "Project VALOR"
Valor is the Spanish word for value.
We want these teens to know their value in Christ. We want them to see themselves as Christ sees them: beloved, strong, worthy.
The V in VALOR is for Victory in Christ.
We hope and pray these students receive and proclaim victory in their lives through Christ.
The A stands for Academics.
Education is a crucial part of stopping the cycle of poverty. Through their sponsors, these children are able to continue their academic education. The tutoring program also gives them the academic support they need to do well.
The L is for Love.
We want more than anything for these children and teens to feel loved-- loved by God and loved by us. We want them to understand and experience the selfless and unconditional love that God has for them.
The O stands for Opportunity.
We want the students to have opportunities that they wouldn't have had otherwise. The opportunity to go to school, the opportunity to get academic support, the opportunity to learn about Jesus, and the opportunity to bring Christ's love to others.
The R is for Readiness.
We hope and pray that this program will equip these students with what they need to be ready for their future. We pray they are prepared academically, but more importantly, we pray they understand and live out Ephesians 6:10-17:
""Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
1 Reference: http://www.globaleducationfund.org/guatemala/
"He sat in an old hammock, strung up between the two sides of his small shelter at the edge of the city garbage dump. The structure, built from items found in the trash, was maybe ten feet long by five feet wide. But it provided a place to get away from the bright Guatemalan sun, and four or five of us stepped gratefully inside, not knowing who we were about to meet.
The man was old, very old. The deep lines etched into his face grew deeper still as he smiled and shook hands with each of his visitors. He wore jeans, a shirt, and a white cowboy hat.
“Me gusta tu sombrero,” I said as I shook the old man’s hand. “I like your hat.”
“Gracias,” he replied, and then went on to explain that he owns two cowboy hats - one for working, and one for going out on the town. He was ninety-three years old.
Pastor Roni sat beside the man, and the two began to talk. The man’s name was Sixto. Their conversation spanned many topics, not all of which I was able to follow with my limited Spanish - but they talked of God, and I could understand that Sixto was telling of the creation account, of the waters and the skies.
“Tiene un biblia? Do you have a Bible?” Pastor Roni asked. Sixto explained that he had once owned the precious book, but it had been destroyed in the weather. Pastor Roni told him he would return with another one, one with big letters. Sixto responded with gratitude. We closed our eyes and prayed aloud for him, lifting the man from the garbage dump up to the throne room of Heaven, to a God who sees, and who holds for Sixto an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade (1 Peter 1:4).
My husband and I talked about it later, of the contentment displayed in the old man’s language and demeanor. “These people may need our financial help, but they don’t need our spiritual help,” he observed. Like the apostle Paul, Sixto has learned “the secret of being content in every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Phil. 4:12). With Paul, the old man in the cowboy hat can declare, “I can do all things through him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13).
With God’s help, maybe someday soon I will be able to say it with the same conviction."
-Debbie Canfield, a participant of PJM's summer mission trip in July of 2019
“On Tuesday of each week, we visit the nursing home. A few weeks ago, Jorge suffered from a stroke that left him unable to move his arms and legs. He was taken to the hospital but they could not do much for him. We went to visit him at the hospital, and it was difficult to see him in that condition. The only thing we could do for him was pray and that we did. The following week when we were visiting the nursing home, I was surprised when I saw that Jorge was already back. He hadn’t improved, and on the contrary, he was worse. I was very sad to see him in pain, and I told him, “Jorge tell the Lord Jesus that you are ready to go with him” and Jorge told me, “I will.” That day, I asked my church to pray for him, and God performed a miracle. The following week, Jorge was much better and I have hope in God that he will continue to improve. I thank God for the opportunity to serve through Pure Joy Missions.” - Yeni
Jorge is now able to move his arms and the fingers of his right hand. He is still unable to move his left hand and is physically weak. Please continue to pray with us for complete healing! We are thankful we can remind the elderly in their time of need that they are loved and not alone. Thank you for allowing us to do this time & time again!
“Recently, Puerto Barrios has been affected by a mosquito borne virus called Dengue. Several deaths of children and adults have been reported. On Tuesday, I was at the hospital and I could see that the emergency room was filled with people, the majority of which had symptoms of dengue. Our team in Puerto Barrios also had many of the symptoms, as did the children at Project Valor and at Club Exploradores. Thanks be to God and thanks to the prayers from each one of you, I saw the hand of God on those affected, and each day they improved. I thank God for his shelter and protection for Pure Joy.”
Please keep everyone in Puerto Barrios in your prayers! Pray for protection, pray for healing for those affected, and pray the doctors, nurses and caregivers who are caring for those affected.
Thank you to everyone who donated to make our Club Exploradores Store a success! The kids look forward to this day all year. A special thanks to our Project Valor students who helped us!
Thank you to everyone who donated shoes for the children at Club Exploradores, Project Valor, and the orphanage! The kids look forward to this day every year, and they are so grateful to receive a new pair of shoes. We wish you could see the smiles in person, but hopefully these photos will bring you some joy! We collected over 200 pairs of shoes! THANK YOU!
Ana was one of the YWAM missionaries we were blessed to host in February and March. Her knowledge of Spanish, English, and medicine and her deep love for Jesus impacted so many people in Puerto Barrios, including this French couple. Check out her story below!
"My YWAM DTS team leaders and I stepped into the refreshing coolness of the air conditioning in the nearby McDonald’s after the rest of my team had settled in to get WiFi. We had just had a full day of ministry with Pure Joy. Not long after we had stepped in, a young white man with unruly wavy hair asked us in a thick French accent if we knew of a hotel where he and his girlfriend could stay. He told us they had spent the night in the local hospital while she was terribly sick. The hospital personnel had discharged her that morning, so now she needed a place to rest and heal.
We called Pastor Ronny for any recommendations and he came as soon as he could. When he arrived, we went to the back of the McDonald’s to see how the young French woman was doing. She was pale and weak. She told me she had spent days vomiting, she had had intense pain and that she could barely eat anything. She described that the doctors had given conflicting diagnoses until they had settled on a kidney infection. I am a Registered Nurse, so I asked her about her symptoms, what the doctors had diagnosed and what medicines she was prescribed. The symptoms she described didn’t line up with the traditional symptoms a kidney infection causes. After discussing it, we decided she could visit one of Pastor Ronny’s doctor friends to confirm the diagnosis. Before they left the McDonalds, we asked if we could pray for her and her boyfriend. They agreed, so we prayed for her health and that God would give her peace.
I was going to stay at the McDonalds, but then I felt like I should go with them. I wanted to make sure they understood everything that was told them in medical terms. As they were walking from the McDonalds to the pastor’s car, I quickly ran out with one of my team leaders and I joined them in the car. After visiting the doctor friend, we went to the clinic for an ultrasound that the doctor had recommended to confirm a diagnosis. At the clinic, we found out that they needed to wait until the next morning for an ultrasound. Throughout this whole adventure, I had made two new French friends! They were so kind and friendly. They kept thanking us for the kindness we were showing them. I was hoping that they would see Jesus through how we interacted with them. The next day I eagerly went with some of my teammates and leader to Pastor Ronny’s house to see them. They had spent the night there. Thankfully, the young woman was doing much better and the final diagnosis was a kidney infection that could be cured with antibiotics. As we talked, she explained that after we had spent time with her the day before, she felt the desire to eat without vomiting for the first time. “It must have been your good vibes,” she reasoned. “No, it’s Jesus!!!” I exclaimed! I wanted to make sure she knew that Jesus was the one who made her better, not us."
The YWAM team; Ana is in the first row, second from the right side