Thank you Yolanda, Cynthia, Billie, Brian, Sue Ellen and Maggie
for your servant hearts….
…the last day the team spent at the seniors drop in day center….
…Cristina is getting their names and ages…
…Angelica taking a guy to the doctor….
..Sue Ellen checking out range of motion….
…Yolanda explaining meds….
…Yolanda did not know that she was so tall…
…Billie checking blood sugar…
..Margarita’s sad story….she is 77, lives on the property of a stranger….she sleeps with her dog
on the ground covered in plastic….she comes to the center to eat three meals
a day and does not eat on weekends because she does not have any money to
buy food….Love Guatemala is trying to find her a place to stay….
…lunch is served….
“When we want to help the poor, we usually offer them charity. Most often we use charity to avoid recognizing the problem and finding the solution for it. Charity becomes a way to shrug off our responsibility. But charity is no solution to poverty. Charity only perpetuates poverty by taking the initiative away from the poor. Charity allows us to go ahead with our own lives without worrying about the lives of the poor. Charity appeases our consciences.”
The third and fourth days were spent in the village of El Ricon….
this was the first time we had men waiting for the clinic to open, when we asked
them why, they replied “it is raining and we can’t work outside!”
…Jose Carlos, a medical student, helped Brian with vitals
..some of the cuties that came to visit the doctor…
…the men of the hour….they were the first to arrive….
it was raining and they could not go and work in the fields…
…I want to look like Maggie….
…we are trying to acquire help for this little guy…
he is severely handicapped and needs a lot of meds…
We are also finding him a wheelchair/stroller for mom…..
He is 5 years old and weighs 21 lbs…
…meet the two Cynthias…one is a doctor and the other one told us in
20 years she will be a nurse….
…I love my mom….
“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
We arrived at the Chimixiya school to find the students writing exams
in the courtyard as the roof of the school was being replaced….
So we set up the medical clinic in the open air gym…a windy,
18 degree day…..where is the hot chocolate?????
Diego spent the day with us…he is very good at writing their names
Brian and Ezra took the vitals….
Billie and Pedro listened to all the aches and pains….
Sue Ellen and Yolanda were the pharmacy ladies….
…they came and waited and visited….
….Diego and Philip discussing Mennonite history, why????
…I have my number and my information…
…someone needed coffee!
…Sue Ellen working sore muscles from doing laundry and tortillas….
…never lose your pen again….
..the gift table is always appreciated….
..Brian looking for beans in her ear!
..look what I got???
“Hungry for love, He looks at you. Thirsty for kindness, He begs of you. Naked for loyalty, He hopes in you. Homeless for shelter in your heart, He asks of you. Will you be that one to Him?”
The ER ABROAD team from the US and Mexico worked a day
at the school that is near the garbage dump in Escuintla….
Their time was spent treating a lot of very dirty kids with amoebas….
Phoebe and Kate taking done names and ages….
Waiting for their appointment…
How much do I weigh???
…Look I got new runners….
I know, I am cute!
Today, the world’s poor are survivors, with motivation and skills honed from their daily struggle just to live. They share the same dreams that we all do: a warm house, enough food to eat and a better life for their children.
On October 20th we met the people who direct the organization BuildinGuate….
They love to help their people and love Jesus…
We travelled with them to Escuintla to feed Gleaners soup,
check out the school that they have adopted, and meet the people that they help.
This the great view when travelling to Escuintla….lots and lots of palm trees
and this is what we saw when we crossed the bridge to the village…
…the smell of garbage in 31 degree weather with 98% humidity…..
fortunately they told us the rain had taken away a lot of the smell….
Cutting up the raw veggies to add to the soup…
…A way if life here….
..Several people brought their own containers….
…Are they going to pray soon??? I am hungry….
Soup is almost ready to be handed out…
We need bowls….anyone want to donate some????
..Oh, this is soooooooooo good!
one of the houses that BuildinGuate has built..
..some of the sweethearts that live in the houses…
…the government was going to shut down the school until BuildGuate came in and now
has adopted the school….
King: 40 I tell you this: whenever you saw a brother or sister hungry or cold,
whatever you did to the least of these, so you did to Me. Matthew 25:40
In May, two days before we returned to Canada, we met Emilio….a young man who was involved in a national, Christian organization “BuildinGuate”. This organization helps families who work and live on the city dump in Esquintla(a port city). We gave them 38 cases of soup to help feed the 150 kids…they love the soup….
This is home to 150 kids….anyone interested in helping sort through the garbage….
Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself.
Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor
for helping us to love God better because of them.