One of my most important jobs



One of the tasks that God has given me is to get to “read” young people. Let me explain.

Each week I spend time with young people all across Guatemala. Juvenile courts call, prosecutor’s offices, lawyers, orphanages, and other associations contact me, asking me to sit down with young people. What I do in the time I have with these young people is absolutely not possible, if not for God’s guidance, the Holy Spirit’s speaking, and His gifting in my life.

I’m blessed to spend time with these young people. In a short period of time (literally minutes) I must build rapport and trust, listen carefully to what is important to this person, and ask questions that help to paint a picture of who this young person truly is. Every time I’m going to sit down to interview a young person, I beg God to guide and lead, because there is no way my mind can figure them out with it’s own power.

Why do I do this? I interview and “read” kids because most are terribly lost. They are tormented by secrets and sin. They have suffered unmentionable abuse and are tormented by those around them, many who do not love them or care at all what happens to them. They truly want to know this life means something. They want to have hope and yet they feel so hopeless. They want to sense real joy, but they suffer in deep despair. They have known nothing but lies, and they don’t know who they can truly trust.

So, in the time that I am with them I must somehow show them that I DO KNOW JOY, I HAVE THE KEY TO HOPE, and that I am going to be TOTALLY HONEST with them. Most don’t know what to do with that or how to respond, so I must simply express confidence and COMMUNICATE CLEARLY THAT LIFE CAN BE MUCH BETTER THAN WHAT THEY HAVE EVER KNOWN.

God’s hope, Jesus light, and His perfect plan for their lives must shine through. What I do is like speed dating. You have three minutes to make an impact. What for me is an impossible task, God makes possible in seconds. Sadly, most of the kids I interview I will never see again. Many I cannot help or take home with me. But it is my hope that in the short time I am face to face with them, I will in some way convey HE WHO IS HOPE, HE WHO IS JOY, HE WHO IS THE TRUTH AND THE WAY TO AN ABUNDANT LIFE.


Mark Wakefield Personal Financial State of Affairs



I wanted to take a moment to share with you my personal financial state of affairs for 2014-2016, in part because I receive a lot of questions about how our finances work with Zona Juvenil Ministries, the Youth Ranch Home, and Mark Wakefield’s finances. And I’d also like to ask you to prayerfully consider supporting me personally, or the Youth Ranch Home and boys this year.

My personal income for the past sixteen years has varied between $7,000 to $20,000. Most of this is from donations given by friends and family. Some is from other sources such as small jobs, books sold, or selling my toenail or hair samples (just checking to see if you are paying attention!)


In 2014 my personal income was just over $10,000, a majority of this given by one church in North Carolina. When Bob Carey took over our US financial management team, he only gave me funds directly designated to me personally, so all other donations went to the ministry fund. In 2015 he did the same thing, so my income was just under $10,000. This being said, I still live here at the Youth Ranch Home, eat the same food as the boys, and my biggest expense is returning to the US each year to share in churches and with friends and raise support and awareness for our home. And for the first time in a very long time, at the end of 2015 we actually made budget with funds given to ZJM, so this was a huge boost for us.

We have said that ideally, I need around $1,400 a month, as I do try to save some money for emergencies (like the medical issues I’ve had these past few months), I pay my travel, sometimes I take rest days, and some personal items. Also I am paying the internet in the home, and my personal cell phone. We have also opened a savings and retirement program for the long term, now with a financial service in the US.


We have been praying about this and I’d like to ask you to prayerfully consider two things:
1. I am trying to invest a little money each month in a retirement plan, but this is nearly impossible with my current income. We would like to know that I at least have $1,400 a month in income.
2. I have been offered an amazing life insurance plan, where I pay in $4,500 a year for fifteen years. After the second year, my life insurance policy will be $250,000 no matter how I die, for example a catastrophic toenail fungus (still paying attention?) We feel that this move is very wise, as it would provide for the boys and home should something happen to me.
For the past six years a church in Greensboro, North Carolina have served as my primary financial supporters. They committed to help for “a year or two”, and this has continued much longer than we all anticipated. But now they are going through a financially burdensome time, and they will no longer be able to continue supporting me as they have in the past. We are praying for friends who will come alongside me in the task that God has called me to.

If you are interested in investing in my life and this ministry, please contact me via my Facebook or personal email, Or I can call you as I have a great long distance plan. You can also contact Bob Carey via his Facebook, his cell phone (704) 974-7691.

Thanks and many blessings,

Mark W. Wakefield
Youth Ranch Home
Zona Juvenil Ministries
Huehuetenango, Guatemala