Ixcán women with children
An Ixcán jungle mountain village
Children of the Ixcán need good nutrition, education, and health care services

Welcome to Ixcán Ministries

Ixcán Ministries is a Christian mission serving as a ministry of presence among the indigenous Maya of the remote Ixcán region of Guatemala. We offer a bridge of support from one culture to another.

The ministry was founded in 2003 by a small group of women in North Dakota who felt called to support missioner Kathy Snider, who has been working in the Ixcán jungle since 1998.

We are committed to building community,
healing and hope

Our mission home is in Santiago Ixcán, the center of five multiethnic, multilingual jungle villages. We have immersed ourselves in the culture, walking with the people in their daily lives, offering prayer, companionship and hope. It is truly a ministry of presence. By learning and understanding the challenges of life here, we are helping the people in various ways.

What We Do

  • Expand economic opportunity by developing micro-businesses
  • Empower indigenous women
  • Offer personal and spiritual support
  • Provide emergency medical and material financial assistance
  • Promote education by providing scholarship programs
  • Build community with the people of Ixcán
  • Raise awareness and provide opportunities for short- and long-term missions
  • Provide support of the lay missioner
  • Promote peace and justice