Founded in November 1996, Marion Zirkle Children's Foundation, is a division of Living Water Teaching International.
This portion of the Ministry provides the opportunity to bless thousands of children each year around Christmas time with a Shoebox of needed items like: comb or hairbrush, toothbrush, coloring book and crayons, pencils, pens, and notepad, and socks, hair items and a toy or a gift according to the age and gender of the child.
In 1979, the seeds of Living Water Teaching were planted in the country of Guatemala by Pastor Jim and Marion Zirkle. Cultivated and nurtured by the Zirkles, the work of this ministry has grown to include outreaches in eleven countries around the world. Sending The Word of God forth by way of Bible schools, evangelistic campaigns, medical clinics, Operation Shoebox, and through the ministries of the graduates of the Bible Institutes in each of these countries.
Jim Zirkle had a love for people that very few men have. His hunger was to see young men and women changed by the power of the Word of God. He knew what the Word had done in his own life and he wanted to see that same power change the lives of thousands of others.
In 1981, the Lord dropped Bible School training in the heart of Pastor Jim. Our first graduating class in Guatemala was 19 students and the second year it doubled and then tripled. We further expanded into all of Central America taking the Word of God so that God’s people could be converted from religion. Today, we have graduated over 29,000 students throughout Belize, Cuba, Mexico, the six countries in Central America, Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay in South America.
Some of the greatest days of his life were when he was able to speak to a graduating class and commission them to take that same Word to the nations. His faith had turned to sight and his dreams had become a reality before his life on this earth ended on November 1, 1998, when our Douglas DC-3 aircraft went down in Guatemala due to Hurricane Mitch.
Dr. Jim Zirkle had a passion, a drive on the inside of him that helped him to accomplish great things for God in a short period of time. The vision that the Lord gave to him has impacted the nation of Guatemala and kept it from falling into the hands of Communism.
By contributing to the training of the students of LWT through giving towards their scholarships, one has a part in training laborers for the end time harvest that will impact towns and nations.
A Word from the Director: Carol Schlimmer Ruano
We recognize that God has created each person with a divine purpose that counts for eternity.
At Living Water Teaching Bible Institute, our desire is to do all that we can to teach and train by the Spirit of God and by the Word, the people that come to us to fulfill this purpose and call upon their lives. Itʼs all about God, that His will should be done in and through our lives.
It is a great joy to me to constantly hear students and graduates share how their relationship with our Lord has flourished, and how they are taking what they have received and giving it to others.
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