Reparando: Repairing What's Broken in Guatemala


Many of you know about the exciting work that Joel Van Dyke of Christian Reformed World Missions has been doing in Guatemala working with gang members and others society calls the “least, last and lost.” His ministry was featured in Christianity Today a few months ago.

Now a moving documentary has been made about that work entitled “Reparando.” It was accepted and screened at the Grand Rapids Film Festival last month and will be playing at the Kansas City Film Festival in early October. It will be playing at two West Michigan locations the second full week of October and we would appreciate your help in spreading the word about it. You can even help host a screening in your community.

Here's the trailer:


The film is a documentary rooted in the Guatemalan historical context that follows the lives and ministries of two members of our EdT network in Guatemala City framed around the micro-enterprise work of a woman who works in the Garbage Dump (the ministry she gets her loan from is another member of our EdT network) who is affectionately known as the "doll lady." She buys discarded parts of destroyed and mutilated dolls from the landfill and then carefully and meticulously washes, restores, redeems and "repairs" them (hence the name "reparando") which frames the Gospel metaphor for the film. This metaphor of scandalous but beautiful grace is woven in, out and through the stories of two absolutely amazing leaders from our EdT network whose lives and ministries during the course of the film project have formed into a strategic alliance of work in the largest slum in Central America. It has been 2 1/2 years in the making and it is a thrill to finally see it come out into the light of day. 

For those in the West Michigan area, “Reparando” will be shown at Celebration Cinema Rivertown in Grandville on October 13 at 7:00 p.m. and at Celebration Cinema North on October 14 at 7:00 p.m. Please take a look at the links below where you can go and buy the tickets online for the theater events which are being sold for $5 a seat. My sincere hope and dream is that we will sell out these two theaters through on-line sales and then need to book another Friday night event for all the people who want to see it and can't get into the theaters. Will you please help us fill these theaters? I am so excited about this story and the potential it holds to bring transformation at so many levels.

Rivertown Crossings Mall, Grandville, MI

Celebration Cinema North, Grand Rapids, MI

For more details about the film and how to host a screening in your town, visit

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This film is beyond amazing.  I saw an initial screening a few weeks ago and I would highly recommend it to anyone.  Shorty and Tita (two of the people who tell their stories during the film) have powerful testimonies and the work they're doing is incredible.  This is a must-see film.