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…..

MEDICAL HELP….ER ABROAD

•October 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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…the last day the team spent at the seniors drop in day center….

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…Cristina is getting their names and ages…

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…taking vitals…

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…Angelica taking a guy to the doctor….

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..Sue Ellen checking out range of motion….

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…Yolanda explaining meds….

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…Yolanda did not know that she was so tall…

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…Billie checking blood sugar…

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..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….

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…the chef…

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…lunch is served….

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“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.”  

Muhammad Yunus

MEDICAL HELP….ER ABROAD

•October 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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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!”

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…Jose Carlos, a medical student,  helped Brian with vitals

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..some of the cuties that came to visit the doctor…

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…the men of the hour….they were the first to arrive….

it was raining and they could not go and work in the fields…

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…Maggie, incognito….

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…I want to look like Maggie….

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…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…

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…sisters…

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…meet the two Cynthias…one is a doctor and the other one told us in

20 years she will be a nurse….

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…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

MEDICAL HELP…..ER ABROAD

•October 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

We arrived at the Chimixiya school to find the students writing exams

in the courtyard as the roof of the school was being replaced….

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So we set up the medical clinic in the open air gym…a windy,

18 degree day…..where is the hot chocolate?????

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Diego spent the day with us…he is very good at writing their names

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Brian and Ezra took the vitals….

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Billie and Pedro listened to all the aches and pains….

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Sue Ellen and Yolanda were the pharmacy ladies….

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…they came and waited and visited….

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….Diego and Philip discussing Mennonite history, why????

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…I have my number and my information…

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…someone needed coffee!

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…Sue Ellen working sore muscles from doing laundry and tortillas….

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…never lose your pen again….

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..the gift table is always appreciated….

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..Brian looking for beans in her ear!

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..look what I got???

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“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?”

Mother Teresaq

MEDICAL HELP….ER ABROAD

•October 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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….

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Phoebe and Kate taking done names and ages….

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Waiting for their appointment…

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How much do I weigh???

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…Look I got new runners….

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I know, I am cute!

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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.

 
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