Anita’s house….one more block

•April 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

It has been three weeks since the foundations were dug and the work is going well..

The walls are up and next week (April 21st, 2014) the floors will be poured and the roof put on…

LG is so thankful to have Luis and Jogly work with us on a regular basis. Jordan, Manuel,Cristina, Daniel and Christian have been a great help as well, coming and going.

We have enjoyed visiting with the neighbors and bringing them fresh veggies.

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We had gotten permission to use the well on the neighbors property…

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..then we hired Jose and his sons, Oscar and Santiago…

what a great family.  13 years ago Jose’s wife died and he raised his four children,

they were 3 to 13 years old….

Behind them is the sewer poso they dug…

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…this is all done by hand…the hole is 1 meter in width and this poso was 10 meters

deep.  The well was 60 feet deep….

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…and then there was water

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….our friend Fredy gave us 150lbs of fresh veggies and it is always fun

giving them out to Anita’s neighbors….the kids all got little wooden

cars from the Gleaners

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….celebrating his first ever birthday party at 50!

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…we have been teaching Cristina that water is good for you…

it was 30 degrees most days when we were working and she was getting light headed…

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Brenda…our favourite tortilla lady

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Mary, our favourite tienda lady…

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The construction site “dining room”, complete with lounge chairs…

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…coffee break”

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Yes, Jogly, someone said coffee break!

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Good bye, Grandpa Luis…have a good day at work…

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Diego, who works for ReMax, came to help…

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Daniel and Christian, Cristina’s sons

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Maria, Luis’ wife

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Cristina, a good mudder!

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Jogly, the Master Grinder

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It’s a rumor that if a married couple can sift sand together their marriage will last!

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and then there were blocks…lots and lots of blocks!

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…lots of cement…

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…some people just use their head…

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yard clean up….

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..this is called a Witch tree…the Mayan people shower and then slap themselves with the

branches to ward off evil spirits…Anita asked us to remove all the witch trees…

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…let’s work

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Anita and her girls surprised us with a great lunch of chicken soup and rice….

“It’s not enough to have lived.
We should be determined to live for something.
May I suggest that it be creating joy for others,
sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind,
bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.”
Leo Buscaglia

 

Construction begins…..

•April 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Meet Anita…mother of 7 and grandmother of one.

8 years ago Anita’s husband was killed in a car accident.

She moved off the property they were living on when someone came to her door

and told her she needed to move….several months later someone brought the title

of the property to her home and told her that her and her husband owned the property.

The only problem was that she did not have money to build a house, so she has

been renting every since.  Two of her children are sponsored students of Love Guatemala.

She and the kids are very excited to have a home of their own…

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…the property…

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…Luis digging the footings…

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…and look what they found…

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..anyone need a tire???

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…the water source…the neighbor’s well

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…that is arm power….

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…or girl power….go Cristina and Kate…

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…we need some new buckets….

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…yes Judy does work and not only takes pictures…..

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…Jogly sharing some verses with Luis…

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…this is so much easier than walking on the highway to open the gate….

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…it is 30 degrees and I need a nap…

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….thanks guys, you are doing a great job!

Luis, Philip, Jordan and Jogly

 

 

 

Green Giant….

•March 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

On our piece of land we have corn and lima beans…the beans needed to be picked and so they were….500lbs in 3 hours by 3 people.  Jordan and Philip dug out the stalks and bean plants as we went along.  There are just as many beans being picked today…hopefully this is the last day.  Limas are a good price as the Catholics that celebrate Lent substitute them here for meat.

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oh, there is going to be a lot of beans….

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Jordan is having a great day….

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yeah, Cristina…

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…where is “Waldo”????

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Seriously I am cold and I am picking beans????

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See it was worth the cold and pain!

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…where is “Waldo’s” wife???

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she is tired but it was a great day….

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…over 500lbs of lima beans….thank you Lord….

“There is only one rule by which to judge if God is near us or is far away – the rule that God’s word is giving us today: everyone concerned for the hungry, the naked, the poor, for those who have vanished in police custody, for the tortured, for prisoners, for all flesh that suffers, has God close at hand.  We have the ability, we have the means, and we have the capacity to eliminate hunger from the face of the earth. We need only the will.”

- John F. Kennedy, Former United States President

Going for Gold: God’s Olympics

•March 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Although we do not have snow, we gave the children in Kid’s Fiesta a taste of the Olympics.  They loved the games, stories, crafts and snacks.

Our Olympic rings told the story of how to be a strong follower of Jesus Christ.

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Praise and Worship

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Craft Time

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In Training….

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Kate showing them how to do it right….

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Weight Lifting…

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We have several moms that attend…

Watch, Listen and Laugh….

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You can do it!

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The children who came every week for 5 weeks received

medals and water bottles…

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You did it!

So since we stand surrounded by all those who have gone before, an enormous cloud of witnesses, let us drop every extra weight, every sin that clings to us and slackens our pace, and let us run with endurance the long race set before us.

We may feel alone, but we aren’t. We are surrounded by an army of witnesses. They have run the race of faith and finished well. It is now our turn.

Now stay focused on Jesus, who designed and perfected our faith. He endured the cross and ignored the shame of that death because He focused on the joy that was set before Him; and now He is seated beside God on the throne, a place of honor.

Consider the life of the One who endured such personal attacks and hostility from sinners so that you will not grow weary or lose heart.  Hebrews 12:1-3

Doctors, Nurses and More….

•February 23, 2014 • 2 Comments

When it comes to doctor’s appointments, standing in line at the bank or

waiting in line in the grocery store, Guatemalans have a lot of patience.

We would open the clinic at 9am and often there would be 50-80 people waiting

at 7:30am.  The ER ABROAD team from Illinois and Missouri spent

a week with Love Guatemala.  The Salon in El Ricon and in

Jocotenango was a large community center.

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Bartolo doing intake….he can spell all the names correctly!

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Becca taking care of the blood pressure…

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Randy taking care of vitals…

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..Dr. Annie and Cristina

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…Dr. Kim and Lorraina

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…Dr. David and Pedro

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…Dennis and Oscar

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…Dr. Lucy

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Kelsi, Kyle and Ivy working in the pharmacy

Translators Ezra and Jooyl

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Linda counting meds

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…Sue Ellen is not hurting him…she is a physio therapist

and teaching him how to stretch…

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…some of our patients…

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Thank you to Yarrow MB church ladies for all the baby

quilts we handed out….the moms were very happy to receive this gift

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I knew it was not a vet clinic!

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…I was good and they gave me a bear!

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A Day(s) in the Life of Love Guatemala…

•February 8, 2014 • Leave a Comment

What do we do all day, all week???? Sometimes we wonder that too and then we check back in our day timer and go “wow, no wonder we were so busy”! Enjoy a “walk” through a two week time in the lives of those who work with Love Guatemala…

We live on property owned by a coffee farm...surprise, our yard has been turned into a coffee drying place...bring me a cup, please!

We live on a property owned by a coffee farm…surprise, our yard has been turned into a coffee drying place…bring me a cup, please!

When we travel we need to stop at a market and sample the watermelon...it is always sweeter in another market!

When we travel we need to stop at a market and sample the watermelon…it is always sweeter in another market!  Kate and Jordan enjoying the sweetness!

LG gave the police personnel of Joco a pancake breakfast to let them know that they are appreciated....

A police appreciation breakfast….we told them that we pray for them and their families…

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A sad day in Joco…

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Our friend Fredy, gives us a veggie delivery on Mondays…

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they get bagged and given away…

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1000lbs of food ready to be bagged and given away…

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from this to….

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the food we bag is ready to be carried home….

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A very grateful lady for the food we deliver….

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…picking up wood for a widow’s stove…

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Gridlock as we try to make an appointment in the city…

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18 motorcyclists pass us between the cars as we wait and wait to move…

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Making sandwiches for the Kid’s Fiesta…

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Kid’s fiesta…

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Moms, enjoying watching the kids…

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Bringing in Gleaners soup…

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Everyone loves little wooden cars…

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A festival…

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Baskets from Totonicpan…

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I can see you…..

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The LG Church van…

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Warning…

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there is a tree across the road!

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Look what we found….3.3 litres

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Here I am, here I am

I bring my heart, my hands, my feet
To share Your love with those in need
Let it be my song of love for You
Use my voice to tell Your story
Use my arms to hold the lonely
Let that be my song of love for You.

Noel Richards

Home….a floor, roof, blankets….warm and dry

•January 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

We met this family three years ago….a team was here and one of the team members fell “in love” with Caty….the two of them carried on a conversation, she in Spanish and he in English…neither understand the other but there was some kind of bond….since them we have visited them and tried to think of how could we get them out of the place they were living…then someone told us about a house that was for rent….we prayed and God again answered….this was the place for Pilar and her family…..

Pilar makes tortillas 7 days a week and sells them outside of a local

restaurant….it is hard work as she does not always sell everything that

she has made….

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…Pilar’s former yard….

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…Philip giving the kids instructions to help carry out their stuff..

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….sweeping off the “crawlies” on the dresser…

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…loading their belongings on the truck….

we saved two beds and burnt two!

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….garbage or saving???

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…the inside of their former home….dirt floor…

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…welcome to our new home…

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…I like this place!”

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…Thank you to those of you who financially supported this project….

8 bath towels, 12 piece place setting of dishes and cutlery, pots and pans,

7 blankets, 7 sets of sheets

and pillow cases, table, chairs, shelves, 2 sets of bunk beds

and a single bed and food.

Bless you!

Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. 

  Martin Luther King Jr.

 
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