A GIFT to the CITY….

•September 15, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Six years ago the Mayor of Jocotenango gave Love Guatemala a

building to be used as a soup kitchen.  This past spring we

moved to the second floor of the building, a new space.

The back wall of the building was very plain, no paint….

Because we do not pay rent we plant trees and flowers, paint and do little

things to enhance the beauty of the market, bus terminal area.

LGC commissioned a local artist to do a mural on the wall.

The wall is 40 feet long and 20 feet high….

Jose was up to the task and what a beautiful mural he and his friends did.

These three guys, Jose, Omar and Mauricio do not use stencils, they

sketch a drawing and then start sketching it on the wall….

The city was more than pleased with the “gift” we gave to them.

“Our talents are the gift that God gives to us…

What we make of our talents is our gift back to God”
Leo Buscaglia  

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CONTAINER…..If you Pray, it will be DELIVERED

•September 15, 2018 • Leave a Comment

In February, 2017, a 40 foot container of Gleaners soup, blankets,

toys, circular saw, apple pieces, etc was loaded at the FV Gleaners

in Abbotsford, BC.  The idea was that it would arrive in Guatemala

in March and we could continue to feed the people in Guate.

The container arrived, it was emptied into a warehouse because

the organization that was to accept the container did not do the

paperwork.  Consequently no release!

After many hours on the phone, visiting government agencies

and a whole lot of prayer….on Wednesday, September 6th, 2018

the contents of the container where delivered to our warehouse.

We are now able to feed the needy again….Thank you Jesus!

“If you believe in prayer at all, expect God to hear you. If you do not expect, you will not have. God will not hear you unless you believe He will hear you; but if you believe He will, He will be as good as your faith.” – Charles Spurgeon

A HOUSE BUILT WITH LOVE…..

•August 2, 2018 • Leave a Comment

The key to the padlock has been given to Mama Tena, Papa Fernando and their daughter Maria.  With tears of gratitude they entered their new home.  A home built with love as every day Mama Tena would come and greet Nery and Gustavo, raise her hands to heaven and thank God for His many blessings.  From living in a “house” of plastic and bamboo with a dirt floor, a kitchen that was a disaster and a “washroom” that was just plain awful.  They now have a home that is warm, inviting and safe.

Thank you for your financial support and your prayers for this family.

“A house is made with walls and beams,

A home is made with love and dreams”….Author unknown

FUEGO….HELPING THE SURVIVORS

•August 2, 2018 • Leave a Comment

For the past 8 weeks Love Guatemala Canada has been picking up,

sorting, packing up and delivering supplies to the survivors of the volcano eruption.

People from all over the world have been volunteering, donating of time and supplies

to try and give these people their life back.  This life will never be the same.  So many

missing family members, so many hurts, so much grief.

As you will see by the pictures we have been busy purchasing and delivering…..

Thank you for your financial donations……

It is very important for Guatemalans to bury their dead so family and friends

are searching for loved ones and finding partial bodies.  They are being buried in

plastic containers as DNA is not possible for identification.

3000 displaced=1800 dead=1200 missing and presumed dead.

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FUEGO….”Talking too much”

•June 19, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Sunday, June 3, 2018….was a day many of us want to forget. Volcano Fuego(Fire) decided to blow it’s top.  Sitting in my truck on the street waiting for two volunteers outside the hotel it started to rain, not normal rain…it was raining black rain, sand and gravel.  It continued for 4 hours, making the streets slick, everything looked dirty and killing many people,  homes and villages were covered in lava.  People were running for their lives. Fuego was shooting a toxic gas and lava 38,000 feet into the air, lava was moving at 435mph and was 1800F.

At this point, the government has said there are 110 people who have died.  According to the locals it is closer to 1000.  A school of 175 children have only found 30 of the children.  Families have told us that they are missing 50, 12, 3 and the numbers continue, of their family members.

We have worked with the donation center in Alotenango, the worst place hit by lava.  With displaced survivors providing them with mattresses, blankets, pillows, 300lbs of food, health kits, dishes/cutlery, soup pots and a stove, meds, school supplies, 95 grocery gift cards, 50 pairs of shoes, 50 jackets and the list will grow.

We are so grateful to Vikki Hopes for her article in the Abbotsford News on what we are doing in Guatemala.  This article has raised funds for us to provide for the survivors. Thank you to those who just gave because they wanted to help those in need.  We give God the glory for what we can do…we hug, we pray with those affected and tell them that Jesus loves them.

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The Army cleaning the runway…

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People running for their lives…

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Be Strong…..

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This family lost 22 family members

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Working with Donatons

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A Memorial…

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helping with donations

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Dr. Paul…working day and night

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2 Firemen were killed…2 Policemen and one CONRED worker.

“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 F. Buscaglia  

“I Speak English”…

•June 18, 2018 • Leave a Comment

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What is more fun than teaching English to children???

Teaching English to the police force.  They are so excited to be able to take

English classes every Saturday morning for 4 hours.

Arnoldo says they are very eager to learn.

“Education comes from within; You get it by struggle, effort and thought”.

Napoleon Hill

Kid’s Fiesta….celebrating Mom

•May 15, 2018 • Leave a Comment

With Mother’s Day always being May 9th….it can be any day of the week.

We decided to celebrate mom with a hand painted apron and a decorated

pot of cilantro….the #1 herb in Guatemala.

We had a Bible lesson, we prayed, we sang, we ate a lot of pizza and cupcakes.

Then the children put their hands on their mom and we prayed a blessing over them.

A fun time…..

Dear Lord, Whisper deep within her spirit the sweet words she longs to hear from You—that nothing can ever separate her from Your love. Help her to nestle daily into the promises of Your Word, standing with faith on the things You declare are true. Let her know that You reward faithfulness, but that true success doesn’t lie in her accomplishments or accolades. Let her rest in the knowledge that she has done all she can—and that she and those she loves—truly belong to you. Bless her with a servant spirit so she can teach her own the joy of hearing one day, “Well done!” Amen.