The House that Love Built….

•May 20, 2016 • Leave a Comment

We had met Lucrecia and her family several years ago.

They are a family of 11 living in a metal shack with dirt floors.

The women all make tortillas and try to sell them.

Some days are good others, not so good for sales.

There were 6 people sleeping in one bedroom.  A widow and her daughter (11),

her son (17) and two brothers (38 and 39) and grandma Lucrecia.

The other room had a son and his wife and their 3 boys.

We called the children together and said “who owns the land?”

Lucrecia does….that was a very good start.  Love Guatemala would like to build you a house.  With you helping as much as you can, we can do this….lots of tears.

So….in the Beginning…..

THANK YOU to the three dudes in the last picture.  They worked

long days in the heat, they worked hard and the end result was

a home built with love.

THANK YOU  to those of you who financially supported this project.

Bless you…..if you were here you would be hugged by the entire family.

When we gave them the keys, we prayed a prayer of blessing

on the family and upon the house.

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Renovating…..

•February 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Love Guatemala visited Carmen and Juan Carlos in

January.  We talked about their four boys in school,

how the family was doing all the while observing what they

were living in.  The dirt floors, the holey ceiling and walls.

We asked them if we could renovate their house so that it was

warmer and more comfortable.  The tears flowed as they told

us that they are both prayed months prior that God would send

someone to help them with their home…

In three weeks, Nery, Rafael and Sergio had a new home for them.

This was the old house……the last pic is the washroom…
The starting of the new…

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Thank you Nery, Rafael, Sergio and the family who donated the funds to

to make this happen….bless you….

Doctors + Nurses=Happy Patients

•February 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

For 5 days the ER Abroad team from Illinois ministered to the sick and the lonely.

                  The first two days were spent at the San Gabriella school near Escuintla.

The next two days were at the Open Door village and the last day was at Esperanza

school in Jocotenango.

“Today, I challenge you to pay it forward. You don’t need to save a village—
only one lost soul. Be the reflection of Christ and shine His light.
The cost is little, but the reward is rich.”   Dana Arcuri

Concrete Floors….

•January 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

IMG_4218IMG_4216IMG_4214 - Copy34IMG_4297IMG_4304IMG_4302IMG_4301Many of the people that we work with live in houses that

have dirt floors…that is where all the disease is…

“Diarrhea is one the most prevalent illnesses young children in the developing world face, but by replacing dirt floors with impermeable and cleanable surfaces, like concrete, we can reduce the risk of diarrhea and infection by 50% and 75% respectively. “

We can only put in the concrete floor if the family owns the home.

So one of the student sponsors financially supported the floors we put into

Selvin’s home….we also provided new bedding, a table and chairs and

shelves….they were so grateful….

What makes the Kingdom come is heartfelt compassion: a way of tenderness that knows no frontiers, no labels, no compartmentalizing, and no sectarian divisions.”

Brennan Manning

Books, Books, and more Books

•January 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Actually libraries in village schools are very rare or non-existent.

So we have two schools for 2016…

one of these schools is at the Escuintla garbage dump…

The San Gabriel school….the staff and students were thrilled to receive

their books and many of the students just wanted to read for the rest

of the day….We also brought them Gleaners soup that will be served to

the students every day….

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. – Anna Quindlen

Firemen, Beds and Coffee….

•January 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

We had a request from the local Fire and EMT Department for new beds….

Two retired volunteer firemen took up the challenge and provided

Love Guatemala with finances to purchase 12 beds with bedding and

                                                  a 100 cup coffee maker…

The Department was thrilled….

It was great to have the Love Guatemala Junior Leaders come out and help

set up the container and the other bedroom.

Yes, 7 of them sleep in a cold and damp container.

In May, 2016, they hope that their new building will be finished…

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! 

~Maya Angelou

Thanks for the Visit….

•January 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

It is always great to have visitors come and want to

experience what Love Guatemala is doing.

For three weeks Bill and Cathy got a glimpse of what we

do and where we work.

Thank you for your servant heart…..

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” A life touched by God always ends in touching others”

Erwin Raphael McManus

 
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