Les and Rita were called from Kamloops to Guatemala in 2000. They work predominantly with the Q’eqchí and Poqomchí people in and around Tactic. Guatemala has a population of over 16 million people, which includes 23 indigenous people groups that inhabit rural Guatemala. Since their arrival, they have built 10 Christian schools, started a medical and dental clinic for the children who attend the schools and built an orphanage that is about to open soon. Les and Rita have also started an outstanding agricultural program. Each week, 8000 meals are made for the school children. Short-term mission teams participate in furthering Impact Ministries 19+ years of community involvement. Years of hardship have prepared the hearts of the Guatemalan people and they are hungry for the truth of Jesus Christ and as a result, what began as a small house church in Les and Rita’s living room has now grown to three congregations.