Kid’s Fiesta……

•July 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I am so proud of our Junior Leaders…

They just take over the teaching of the lessons, crafts, worship and prayer.

These young people are future leaders of their community, their families, their church,

their country.

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“You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.”
Jim Stovall

EVACUATION….

•July 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

After three earthquakes in a week (6.9, 5 ad 6.8) and then heavy rain

the residents of Vista Hermosa were given an hour to pack up and get out.

The first evening 27 left and 23 stayed…..we got a call at 7pm asking if we could

provide dinner for the families.  “When??”  “8 pm”…..ok then…we provided fresh coffee,

and bean sandwiches.  They came by families, sadness and stress filled their eyes.

The ones I spoke to said they were “fine” “really???” “no, I am so scared!”

We fed, we prayed and we hugged…..

The second night it was ham sandwiches an beans and then BLANKETS!

The Disater Team had provided very thin blankets for the families and when

Pablo, 7, came and asked “lady, I am so cold, do you have a warmer blanket??”

I went home and emailed friends, within the hour we had funds to purchase

50 quilts.  The staff at the grocery store were excited to help me load

them in the truck when they found out who would be receiving them.

They have all moved back home, three houses are no longer in use.

One of the local schools provided help and materials to shore up the

mountain and rebuild some of the homes.

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“Life’s most urgent questions is: What are you doing for others?”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Did You say BREAKFAST????

•July 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

IMG_7822IMG_7823IMG_7826IMG_7829IMG_7831The bus drivers in Jocotenango have been hinting that we have not

had a breakfast for them for a few months.  With our kitchen being

re-located we have been short of space but we decided that we needed to do this.

They were excited as they entered the Salon and were fed pancakes, ham with

strawberries and chocolate sauce.  Real coffee with real milk….how exciting can that be!

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Thank you to my friends from VERBO church for coming out and helping…Bless you.

“Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.”
Gillian Anderson

 

The Park of Hugs….

•July 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Philip enjoyed giving hugs and he gave a lot of them.

He also enjoyed serving soup at the garbage dump at Escuintla.

After Philip passed away a friend wanted to honour him and donated

funds to make a small playground at the garbage dump.

What fun the kids are having…..

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“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”
Chinese Proverb

Bomberos=Mattresses

•July 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Have you ever slept on a bed without a mattress?

Yes, just on a piece of plywood or a spring mattress???  Not that comfy.

Love Guatemala Canada was given mattresses, blankets and sheet sets.

The Bomberos (Firemen/women) were so excited to be able to have

a great night of sleep…..

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Water….pure and simple

•May 30, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A family in Canada gave us money to purchase Eco Water Filters….

We had one of our student families in Joco that did not have filtered

water or most of the parents in Chimixiya.

They were excited that now their children would have clean water….

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How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank

CANADIANS….what a team!

•May 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

 

On May 17th, 2017, seven Canadians and one American

arrived at the airport in Guatemala City.  They were here to

build the second storey of the Genesis Project school.

And so it began…..”painting” all the boards with an insecticide to

prevent the critters from eating the wood, from there they went

upstairs and the hammering became…..in 6 days only two walls

needed to be enclosed…..great work team….

Welcome to…..Wayne, Diana, Bill and Joan, Gunnel

Norm, Brittney, Kathy

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Thank you Nery for being patient with the team…..

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Thank you Gustavo, for always smiling….

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THANK YOU FOR GIVING US A NEW SCHOOL…..

The team also handed out toques and scarves to the seniors

in a drop in center….

The gals filled 40 bags of fresh veggies that were given

to the families at the Genesis Project

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Mahatma Ghandi