KIDS FIESTA…..Christmas is for sharing….

•December 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Our Kids Fiesta had a great time with their moms being invited for

a Christmas party just for them.  When the kid’s gave their mom a plate

of cookies, we asked them to wish them a Merry Christmas and then

give them a huge HUG!  The moms were pleasantly surprised!

They also received a health kit and some clothing….

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…We also had a cookie decorating class….oh, my…how much icing and sprinkles/candy

can you put on a cookie…..obviously a lot!

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…We have been practicing some Spanish Christmas carols and decided

it would be fun to go to the market and then walk down the street

to the mayor’s office singing carols…..the kids had fun and enjoyed

the applause they got….then it was time for cookies, a movie, lots of water

and gifts (school and health kits)

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…isn’t she a very sweet Mary????

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…some “holy” huddles going on….

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…singing for the staff at the mayor’s office and the police office…

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….Merry Christmas….

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…thank you for the school supplies and school kits….

Bless you!

I have one life and one chance to make it count for something…

My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can,

for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference. — Jimmy Carter

IS THIS THE SAME SCHOOL????

•December 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

We used PAIN (pronounced PA EEN) school for our VBS in November.  We had asked what they wanted us to pay for the time we used the classrooms and they asked if we could just paint the classrooms.  This preschool has moved 6 times in 5 years.  Yes, we could do that….did they want it the same colour?  Dirty white???

No different colours would be great……

Here is the before and after pictures.  With the help of our three college students the results were amazing…..

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…we did not get a before pic but the end result was fantastic…..

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…the three amigos at work….

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…Finished and proud of their work….

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…Thank you to Oscar, Carlos and Selvin….you did good, real good!

Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration,

wonderful things can be achieved.

Mattie Stepanek

 

Junior Love Guatemalans…..

•December 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

As a team we had talked about mentoring

some of the young people who come regularly to

our Kid’s Fiesta….children who had hopes and dreams

children who displayed great character skills and wanted to help in

their community and country…

Meet our Junior Love Guatemalans

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…Carolina, Pedro, Beverly and Ana Lucia….

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..packing up school supplies and health kits…

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…packing up fresh veggies to give away as an early Christmas gift…

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A leader is one who sees more than others see,

who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see.

It is finished…..but there is still alot of other work to do…..

•December 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The house for Nery, Claudia, Kevin, Beverly and Frida is complete….

Do you remember this??

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…it became this!

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…there was no shower or toilet before…

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…the girls room

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…Kevin’s room

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…Mom and Dad’s room and they have a concrete floor…

yes, the mattress does fit on the bed….and there is new bedding

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..this says it all “thank you to the Love Guatemala team, the people who gave $$$ and to our God

who answered our prayers”

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“It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful,

but what you have in your heart.” ~ Author Unknown

What is Love Doing in Guatemala????

•November 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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..Nery, the dad of the family has been busy helping work on his house…

the excitement is building as the house will soon be livable…

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…Kimi helping a student with the mural…

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…it is looking awesome….

The coffee farm staff have all commented on how great this mural looks..

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…VBS is doing great…we have a lot of kids coming and the

room is small but we can always fit in one more…

Our theme is “God’s Olympics”

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…Diego sharing about being a marathon runner

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…Melvin is a Karate Sensei…

 

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…Daniel, the baseball player…

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…VBS is having fun…

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..having snacks…

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…colouring and doing crafts..

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…sometimes we come toooooo dressed up…

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…doing Bible lessons…

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…Irvin, the first happy face the kids see…

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…our Junior Love Guatemala team

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..Wayne got to meet his sponsor student

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…packing food bags

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

Canadians + Guatemala=Love Guatemala

•November 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Love Guatemala was looking for a widow, or single mom that we could build a house for when the Canadian team arrived…when we visited the home of a new sponsor student, we just knew that this is where God wanted us to build a house.

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The sunlight coming in from the roof means that some or a lot of the lamina on the roof was missing…which also meant that the dirt floor became a river when it rained.

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..Hannah Montana is going to have to find another home…

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…the girls room…

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…the kitchen…the house has not electricity so the fridge holds pots and pans…

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…the house is 7 meters by 5 meters….this is the only storage they have…no shower

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..we asked them if they could clean out the inside of the house so that when the team came back on Friday they could start working on the foundation…when the team arrived they had almost the entire house taken down….and now the works begins…

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..the girls are busy staining the boards for the house…

yes, we are building a two story wooden house.

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….thank you gals, actually they are all from Saskatchewan…

Judy, Brookelin, Brynn, Mercedes and Cora

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…Melanie was the Master Sander…

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..Fredene the carrier of the wood…

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…these three, Nicole, Kimi and Peter have another project…

They are painting a mural on the Esperanza school wall…

18 feet by 11 feet

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…we did some door to door invitations to our Vacation Bible School…

we ran out of invitations (100 were handed out)

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..one of the moms reading the invitation to her daughters…

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…part of the fun is taking a tuktuk ride when you are shopping…

not sure who was more excited the team or the drivers!

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…checking out the market…

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…she was very determined to get all the seeds out

of the papaya

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…we had pizza for lunch and then handed out the left overs…

this family was so excited to receive this….”Cristo te ama”

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..not all of our team is into shopping!

Wayne does enjoy construction so he will have his days of joy!

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

Saint Augustine

THANK YOU ER ABROAD for helping so many people this past week…..

•October 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Thank you Yolanda, Cynthia, Billie, Brian, Sue Ellen and Maggie

for your servant hearts….

Bless you…..

 
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