Martiny Family Missionaries in Guatemala

A Website dedicated to the mission work of Timothy and Sharie Martiny, missionaries in Guatemala since 2002

Orphan Care

The heart of our ministry to care for the orphaned and fatherless.

Vocational Training

Providing practical , relevant and useful skills to orphaned and vulnerable children.


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News from Timothy Martiny and Family

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Sharie teaching cooking classes at Fundaninos

What we did this year

This has been an amazing year for us. In October, we celebrated 14 years serving as missionaries in Guatemala. It has been an incredible journey with many highs and lows, but we as we have walked it we have been blessed to see hearts changed, lives restored and those we minister to develop a deeper […]

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So much to be thankful for.

This Thanksgiving, there is just one thought in my mind, I have so much to be thankful for. Experiences that I have been through recently have given me a greater perspective on God’s care, provision, supply and unique way that he chooses to accomplish his will. As a sinner saved by grace, I should be […]

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Tim with students at the year end graduation

A safe place to learn.

“You give our children a safe place to learn.” Those words were spoken to me by a parent at the award ceremony for the children who attend classes at our VETC, Vocational Educational Training Center. It has been five years since we first started working in Colonia Santa Fe. I still remember when a fellow […]

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students serving the meal they cooking in cooking class

Giving the Gift of Service

It has been interesting to see the many ways that God continues to use our ministry. After almost 14 years of serving in Guatemala, we have gotten to know many people. Among the women’s group that Sharie attends at Casa de Libertad, some of these relationships have developed into close friendships. Over the past few […]

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Computer classes at our VETC

Looking for a Macbook to teach app design to orphaned and vulnerable children in Guatemala.

In our vocational training programs for the children and students we serve in Guatemala, we are always looking for new skills to teach them that will benefit them in their lives and provide them with employment when they leave. Among the variety of programs we run, including culinary arts, carpentry, woodworking, typing, office applications and […]

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Children from our vocational training classes in Colonia Santa Fe, attending the Zoo

The Wonder in Their Eyes.

Sometimes I’m amazed by the things that amaze children. Last week we took a trip to the zoo. We brought the children who attend classes at our VETC (Vocational Educational Training Center) in Colonia Santa Fe, one of the dangerous “red zones” of Guatemala City. These children have been faithfully coming all year, many of […]

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2016 Christmas ornament, made by students at the orpahange Fundaninos in Guatemala

2016 Christmas ornaments for sale, made by children at the orphanage Fundaninos in Guatemala.

  These beautiful Christmas ornaments are made by our students at the orphanage Fundaninos in Guatemala as part of our Skills for Life vocational training program. They have been studying woodworking and engineering for several years. They design the ornaments on a computer using Vetric Aspire, cut them out on a Shopbot CNC router, then […]

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Making cake pops in cooking class at the orphanage Fundaninos

Happenings, September 15th 2016

Cooking Classes Sharie made Oreo Truffle Pops with some of the older kids at Fundaninos during cooking class, they prepared them for a surprise wedding shower/celebration for Paola and Luis, two of the Fundaninos staff we work with. Each of the students had come up with their own design and complete the implementation on their own. We also […]

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Sharie with girls from the orphanage Fundaninos

The Mother’s Touch

Over many years in ministry, I’ve had to fill a variety of different roles and stretch far beyond what I thought my natural skills and abilities were. While I like to think I can do anything I put my mind to, the truth is there are things I can do, and things I can’t; there […]

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Bonfire to launch small groups with the teenagers at the orphanage Fundaninos

Small Group Discipleship.

Spiritual instruction, growth and discipleship is the heart call of every true missionary. Christ himself sent us not just to bring the Gospel aka “ el Evangelio” which is, as John Piper says “the good news that the everlasting and ever-increasing joy of the never-boring, ever-satisfying Christ is ours freely and eternally by faith in […]

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Students with their deposit slips at the bank after depositing their earnings from the vocational training classes

Happenings, July 2016

Learning Life We took the high school students from the orphanage Fundaninos to the bank. They went to deposit their earnings from the products they make and sell in our woodworking and engineering classes. It was wonderful to see them get excited as they realized how much money they had. %100 of the profits from […]

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The best laid plans of mice and men

The best laid plans of mice and men

Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Despite our best efforts, despite our good intentions, despite the fact that we may have even done things correctly. They…just…don’t…turn…out. Missionaries are the same as regular people, like you. We want to do well. We all want there to be fruit from our labors. We want those that we […]

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Sharie teaching Bible study

What We’ve Done So Far This Year

Dear friends, Thank you so much for all your prayers, support, encouragement and partnership with us in the work God has called us to in Guatemala. We are truly blessed to have you by our side. While much of our work is just simple classes, instruction and prayer with those God has called us to […]

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When kids love to learn

When Kids Love to Learn

Teaching children is an adventure and each and every child is unique and precious in their own way. Discovering how to reach them in the way that they learn best can be a challenge. While I’m not a trained teacher, over the years I’ve developed the skill of being able to manage a disparate group […]

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My thoughts on Fathers Day

First of all, let me say happy Fathers Day to all you fathers out there! As a father of six wonderful children, today I found myself thinking about what fatherhood means, not just in a personal sense, either as a father or the having a father. But in the greater sense of God our heavenly father and us, his […]

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The Good Samaratian

Who Are We Here To Reach

Goals, plans, objectives, we all have them. From the time we are born we are taught to work towards things. School, education, jobs, careers, all place us on the path from something towards something. Even the Bible takes great pains to encourage us to be wise with our resources; to not start building a house […]

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What I learned about orphan care at CAFO last week

This month, Sharie, myself and Sandrie, the executive director of the orphanage Fundaninos where we serve in Guatemala, were blessed to attend the CAFO (Christian Alliance for Orphans) summit. CAFO is a yearly conference about orphan care attended by Pastors, churches, organizations and people, who are passionate about fulfilling Christ’s instruction to care for the […]

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Summer camp, La Mission, 2016 for Fundaninos children in Guatemala

When you follow where God is leading…great things happen!

When you follow where God is leading, The Mission summer camp. There are times when God lays a burden on our hearts, a desire or understanding that we are to move in a certain direction, but we don’t have all the pieces of the puzzle and we don’t know how it’s going to play out. […]

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Mission trips, a different perspective

This month I was blessed to work with a mission team from Redeemer church in TN. This church has partnered with our local church, Casa de Libertad and the orphanage Fundaninos, where we work for several years. One thing that stands out as unique with this team is the calling God has given them for […]

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Cadanino Ministry at ABI

Loving the Least of These

Several years ago I was blessed to partner, in a small way, with a ministry here called Cadanino. It is run by a New Yorker, ex-Wall Street business and finance services exec named Jamie Waller. Over the years we have become good friends and recently he invited me to “Dia de Carnival”, a popular festival […]

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Computer classes at the VETC in Colonia Santa Fe of Guatemala City

Our Classes are Getting better

At the beginning of February, we re-launched our vocational training center in Colonia Santa Fe. We have partnered with the Precious Moments School for many years to provide computer training and spiritual formation to the children who attend school there. Many come from extremely impoverished backgrounds and broken families. Prof. Eduardo, the 5th and 6th […]

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Orphans learning to give back

Learning to Give Back

Acts 20:35 says “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” It’s a verse we all know, yet the practical application of living […]

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Jesus and the lost sheep

The Lost Sheep

When do you stop looking for, helping and serving a lost sheep that just wants to go its own way? That is something we have had to evaluate in our ministry lately. The majority of our ministry takes place in orphanages working with the troubled, broken lives of the children who have been placed there […]

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Baptism of Julia and Audrey

Baptisms, January 2016

Baptisms Julia and Audrey made the decision to get baptized at our church this month. I have to say, that as a father, this was one of the best moments ever. To be able to baptize the children that God has placed into my care to raise brought me to tears. That they chose to […]

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Sharie and the girls from Fundaninos, Christmas 2015

Happenings, January 2016

One of the things I love most about being in Guatemala for Christmas, is celebrating it with the children we love. The girls from the orphanage Fundaninos come over regularly for youth group meetings in our home. As a way of closing out our classes for the year, we held a Christmas party with them […]

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2015 Highlights

•Took on bigger role at the orphanage Fundaninos assisting with public relations, fund-raising, strategy and the independence program which assists children as they transition out of the home. • Over 650 classes were taught by us, our teachers and volunteers this year providing computer skills, woodworking, engineering, culinary arts and primary education to students in […]

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Paintball wiht the children from Fundaninos

Caring for Orphans is the Gospel

In our work caring for orphaned and troubled children, we see the heart of the Gospel. If the Gospel is God doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves, then, when we reach out and care for children who are orphaned or in need, when we love them, feed them, teach them and provide […]

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Graduation of one of the children we work with

Happenings, December 2015

Vacation Camp at Fundannos This month was Fundaninos first vacation camp for the kids, their school ended at the beginning of November and for two weeks they had a great time having cooking, woodworking, dance, music and art class. In the cooking classes with Sharie, the students baked and decorated Christmas cookies and treats, made […]

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Bible study with the children from Fundaninos

Roles of a Missionary

So what do you do? Aren’t there already churches there? Why are you involved in social work? Isn’t the job of a missionary only to share the Gospel and plant churches? Like any missionary, these are questions that I get asked from time to time. It’s not surprising as the historical missionary was typically a […]

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Wasting My Life

“Don’t you feel bad about wasting your skills?” Was a question asked of me at a Bible study group last week after I shared about our ministry teaching, training and discipling orphaned and impoverished children in Guatemala and explained how I came to be a missionary here. I imagine it’s something everyone asks themselves at […]

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Andy & Karen Pricer visiting from Mexico

Happenings, October 2016

Special Visit This month we were blessed to have a visit from F.I.R.E. missionaries in Mexico who now our supervisors. We appreciated their insight and they were a great encouragement to us. We are still here and carrying on with our work, so I guess we passed the test and get keep being missionaries. Vocational Classes […]

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The Unquantifiable

There are some things that happen in our lives which we never see. Like the ripples in a pond carrying out from the splash made by a rock tossed into water. The fruit of and long term effects of ministry oftentimes carry on beyond our sight. Sometimes however, life comes full circle and we are […]

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Happenings, September 2016

Family Day In other special activities this month, we took the girls from Fundaninos out for a day with our family. We visited a national park at Lago de los Pinos where we spent the day swimming, playing soccer and relaxing by the lake. For many of them it was the first time they had […]

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VBS at Precious Moments School

When God Does the Planning

There are some moments when you say “Ah Ha! That’s what it was all about!” When you see things come together, there is no way you can claim the credit for it and you realize that it was God was working behind the scenes all along.This week I had one of those moments. The Precious […]

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Where is the Fruit, August 2016

That is a question I get asked a lot. In today’s world of stats, metrics and instant data, people want to quantify progress and break it down into neat clean identifiable charts. They want to see constant sustainable growth and determine if your work is “worth” supporting. That is a question I get asked a […]

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Carpentry classes for girls and boys

Mid Year Update, July 2015

Highlights from the first six months of 2015 • Launched engineering class at the orphanage Fundaninos and Taught 35 engineering, woodworking and carpentry classes • Launched weekly cooking club with students from the orphanage Fundaninos and taught 18 classes • Re-launched our educational programs at the Precious Moments School/Orphanage to include afternoon tutoring and computer […]

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The Missionary Calling

I never cease to be amazed at how God works. From the simple seemingly mundane things in life, to the marvelous workings of the universe, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 When we first came to […]

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Former resident speaking to the girls from the orphanage

Highlights, June 2015

Former Student Speaks at Youth Group In our Friday night class with the girls from the orphanage Fundaninos lately we have been placing an emphasis on life preparedness. We recently finished a Bible study series on Christian work ethic and had the girls evaluate their lives and discuss the areas where they thought they could […]

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Timothy Martiny speaking on TV

Speaking on Live TV

This month I, Tim, was invited as a guest on Channel 27, the Guatemalan Christian TV station. It was during a telethon fund raiser for a local ministry called Brazos de Amor y Misericordia which serves poor, needy families in rural Guatemala. I was asked to share about how we came to Guatemala as missionaries […]

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Timothy Martiny speaking on TV

Happenings , May 2015

  Culinary Arts Sharie had a lot of fun with the girls in the cooking club. Some of the dishes they learned to make were cashew chicken, blondies, German pancakes with fried potatoes and sausages, tomato basil soup, bread sticks, mango steak salad and carrot cake cupcakes. Strategic Development in Orphan Care One of the […]

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Bible study with youth group from orphanage

Happenings, April 2016

Youth Group Bible Study What is so amazing about the book of Esther? One of the things we find unique about Jewish culture compared to other cultures was the commandment that they care for those less fortunate, specifically, widows and orphans. Zechariah 7 talks about how one of the reasons God allowed Israel to be […]

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Valentines Day with girls from the orphanage

Valentines Day, February 2015

Valentines Day 1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” In Guatemala, as in many Latin countries, Valentines Day or Día del Cariño as it is known here, is a day where love is expressed and chocolates are exchanged but it is also a […]

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Illustrated Action Bibles for children at a school

Action Bibles

We were blessed to receive a donation of more “Action Bibles” which enabled us to give one to each of the students at the Ravine school. The students, who come from very poor families, had never seen such amazing, illustrated, color Bibles and were excited to receive their very own copy. We are thrilled that the […]

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The teachers at the Precious Moments School and Orphanage

Happenings, January 2015

Since returning to Guatemala, we have been busy meeting with the directors and staff at the schools and orphanages we work with, and planning the curriculum and classes for the 2015 school year. Last year we saw incredible progress, both educationally and spiritually, in the lives of the children we work with and our goal is […]

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Highlights of 2014

• Taught 87 computer, woodworking and cooking classes to orphaned and impoverished children in our vocational training centers • Teachers we trained or hired taught 180 computer classes in the Precious Moments school • Gave 48 Bible classes at youth group meetings held in our home and in schools and orphanages • Worked with a […]

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Sandra Tax, our former student turned teacher

Highlights, December 2014

This has been a great year for us. Our ministry continues to grow and we are amazed at what the Lord, and you, have helped us to accomplish. Living and working in Guatemala, while trying to raise a family of six children, is always exciting and there is never a dull moment. After 12 years […]

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Bible charades with girls from Fundaninos at youth group in our home

Happenings, September 2014

“Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you” Psalms 119:11. We are always looking for ways to plant God’s Word in the hearts of the children we minister to. One fun way we have been doing this is through Bible games. After our Bible class last week we […]

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Open house in our woodworking wand engineering workshop

Open House in our Workshop

We held the first annual open house at the Skills for Life Woodworking Academy, and it was a great success. The students were able to demonstrate their skills to the visitors. It was a huge boost to their self esteem to see others value the skills they have learned. Among our visitors was the director […]

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Timothy Martiny giving Bibles to the students at the Precious Moments School and Orphanage

I Love Giving out Bibles

I love giving out Bibles! This month we received a donation of the Action Bible New Testaments, a great tool for teaching the kids as the stories are Illustrated in comic book style. Once we give them out, they just can’t put them down. We gave them to students at the orphanage Fundaninos and the […]

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Timothy Martiny, helping with vision clinics with Russ McDowell

Vision Clinics

Our good friend, Russ McDowell, came to visit and brought with him several hundred pairs of reading glasses. We were able to give exams to 200 people at the Precious Moments School and orphanage where we work and a church in the town of Pastors. In total we gave out 120 pairs of glasses to […]

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Julia Martiny, serving at Cadanino, working with mission team from The Village Church in Dallas

Cadanino with TVC mission team

This month we also assisted a mission team of Physical Therapists from the Village Church and the Cadanino in ministering to children who are at ABI, the government center for the severely physically and neurotically disabled.

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Cooking classes with Sharie Martiny

Happenings, June 2014

Vocational Training Cooking classes have been incredibly fun this month. Sharie has amazing patience working with the students and is doing a great job teaching them. This month they learned to make Mediterranean food, Gyro burgers, ice cream desserts and many other delicious meals. Our carpentry classes have really taken off. We have spent a […]

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Computer classes for children at the orphanage Fundaninos

Happenings, May 2014

This month in our Bible studies with the students at Fundaninos, we are studying Matthew 5, the Sermon on the Mount and a program by Eternal Productions called “God of Wonders”. It explores the wonders of God’s creation, the beauty of life, the complexity of DNA and many fascinating facts about the world we live […]

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Mission trip with Danny & Kathryn Perez and Cadence mission team

Vacation Bible School with Cadence International

This month we were blessed to work with a wonderful mission team lead by Danny and Kathryn Perez, missionaries with Cadence International. They have spent their lives in ministry and work on U.S. military bases reaching servicemen and women. They trained and led a group of 7 U.S. Airmen and a Chaplain on an 8 […]

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Dia Por Guatemala

We worked with volunteers from a church in Guatemala to fix up a school in San Jose Pinula where 1200 poor students attend classes, Julia and Audrey helped paint and plaster the new classrooms, Tim Martiny made signs for the classrooms on our CNC router.  

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Child Evangelism Mission Team

Child Evangelism Mission Team

This month we were blessed to once again work with Bob and Donna Kuntz, experienced child evangelists, to visit schools, orphanages and children’s ministries in and around Guatemala City. They have a great show they perform which includes tricks, illusions and most importantly, a salvation message. In all we performed for over 1000 children and hundreds […]

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Family time with the girls from the orphanage Fundaninos

Happenings, February 2014

We have really enjoyed our in-home youth group with the girls from Fundaninos. We have come to see each one of them as special and unique to God. Missionaries, like most people, experience good days, and difficult days. Our ministry is going well. Recently, after a particularly trying day, we had the girls over to […]

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Bible study with girls from the orphanage Fundaninos

A New Year Begins

Another year of classes begins! It’s always exciting to start classes again at the beginning of a new year. There is a lot of work that goes into planning, preparing and updating our educational programs, but it is well worth the effort. Looking back on how we started in a small orphanage with nothing more […]

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