Kid’s Fiesta and Amor Guatemala worship team…

•May 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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…Genesis is cramming to learn her Bible verse…

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…Ana Lucia…

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…the Mother’s Day craft…

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…Lord’s Supper craft…

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…some of our regulars….

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…the Love (Amor) Guatemala Worship team…

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…thank you… Christian, Jogly, Daniel, Samuel, Manuel,

Pablo, Will, Joel, Luis

The best Guatemalan/Canadian worship team!

“God is trying to call us back to that for which He created us, to worship Him and to enjoy Him forever”—A. W. Tozer

The HOUSE that LOVE BUILT….

•May 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

In January we met with Anita and her family, checked out her property and starting talking plans to build her a house…..the construction started March 31st and was completed May 14th….

How excited were the family???  When Anita would come and visit all she did was stand in the doorway and say “thank you God, thank you God”.  Javier, 11, came into his room and with tears in his eyes said “mama, I have a bed, mama, I have a bed”.  This is worth it all! A very grateful family to God and to all of you that helped finance this house.

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…the property has a wire fence with 2 rows of barbed wire ….

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…it is always fun to go shopping…

inside the van is another bed, and 6 chairs….

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…a fiesta was held to bless the house…

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…the neighbors brought in the food….

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…it is not a fiesta unless you have Coke and Pepsi…

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…did someone say there was food????

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…the chefs…

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…oh, this was so good!”

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…the neighbor kids with Javier and Juan Jose…

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…Alex, a new friend…

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WELCOME TO MY NEW HOUSE!

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and this, to

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..THANK YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE

DONE FOR ME AND MY FAMILY!”

“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….

Anita’s House….Almost Complete

•May 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment

It is great to have different people working on the house..

Anita has visited the house many times and always has a smile on her face

and many, many

“thank you! It is beautiful!”

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..Diego, works for ReMax and volunteers once a week…

It was great to have him join us…

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…working on the washroom and laundry room

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…Don Jose, who messed up the rope????

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…we need more water….

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…and more water…

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….doing some yard clean up…

This tree is known as the Witch tree….in the Mayan culture after you have showered

you take a branch and slap yourself with the branch to ward off evil spirits…

Anita asked that we remove all the Witch trees from the property….

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…looking better…

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…Bucket brigade….

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…Felipe, did you say more sand???

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…it is starting to take shape….

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..yes there is a Guatemalan under that sheet of plywood…

Thank you to Home Hardware, in Abbotsford, and the Konrad family

for donating the plywood…

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…the ceiling has a layer of plywood, insulation and then lamina (metal roofing)…

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…Jogly, does not like heights…so that is why he is standing against the wall…

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…Manuel is starting the fence post holes…

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…Luis is working on the lid for the sewer hole…

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…the fence is done…with 3 rows of barbed wire…

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…Skylights are in the salon and kitchen

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…Jose, the electrician and his helper…

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…The washroom and laundry room are ready for the floor…

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…definitely a Canadian….

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…let’s get the floors done…

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…a great part of building for Anita is that she brought us a great lunch….

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…enjoying lunch in the outside dining room!…

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…coffee break…in the staff room!!!

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…giving away veggies and wooden cars to the neighbors…

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…a few more days and this will be complete….

(the second story is the neighbor’s house)

“Real, true religion from God the Father’s perspective is about caring for the orphans and widows who suffer needlessly and resisting the evil influence of the world.” James 1:27

 

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

 
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