A Month of Food and Beds

•August 8, 2020 • Leave a Comment

July was a month of feeding so many more families.  Families struggling to find work, taking care of their kids and just surviving.  With the government not opening any of the coffee farms or greenhouses, it is difficult for those who work there to find anything else to do.  With a lack of education, where does one go for work?  I have people at my gate asking if they can clean my house, clean my yard, paint, just about anything?  The look of desperation on some of the faces makes me just want to hire all of them!

We had several families that we were told were sleeping on the dirt floor or having 4 people in one bed.  So we gave out several beds.  I have difficulty with a 17 year old brother sleeping in the same bed as his 8 year old yesterday.  Or a grandma sleeping with her daughter and two granddaughters.  It was fun to see how many beds we could load on the truck.

We brought supplies to the local hospital and then presented each staffer with a goodie bag.  Just to let them know that we care and are praying for them.

A local drop in center for seniors, which is closed now, and a nursing home that is under lockdown each received 200lbs of beans and rice and a protein drink mix.

LGC is so very grateful to those who have financially given.

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Do You Have Anything for US to EAT?

•July 3, 2020 • Leave a Comment

June was a month of hurricanes and volcanoes erupting.  Hurricane Amanda visited for 4 days with intense rain, lots of flooding and crops washed away.  She left and Hurricane Cristobal blew threw.  Not as bad but very wet.  After that Fuego and Pacaya were arguing and thank the Lord that the lava and ash blew into the ocean.  Covid19 is still sticking around and not getting any better.

We continue to bring food hampers to those in need.  There are so many people on the highways and streets with white flags and signs.  I know we cannot help everyone but I do pray for each one when I pass by.  The end of June we had handed out 1147 food hampers which equals 34,470 lbs of food.  Now in July we will start over.

These are just a few of the families we could bless.  The last two pictures are 200 full bags of food.

“When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.”  — Mother Teresa

•July 3, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Friends in Abbotsford, BC, Canada have a printing company.  When some places an order and then does not want it after it is finished, what do you do?  You ask someone who works in Guatemala, “can you use 600 pieces of clothing???”  I never refuse.  We invited 60 poor families to come and pick out what they needed.  We also had new runners from a women’s group in Vancouver.  It was like Christmas.  The people were so excited and when they saw that it was all new, they were in shock.  One of the mom’s said after she was done shopping, “now really how much do I need to pay?”  We said “nothing”.  And the tears flowed.  That is the best part.  Thank you to Able Cresting and the Women’s Ministry group from Willingdon church.

“Poverty does not belong in civilized human society. Its proper place is in a museum.”  — Muhammad Yunus, entrepreneur

Please help us!

•July 3, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Besides giving the local hospital masks and face shields, we have provided pure water bottle and Eco Filters.  It is so sad to read that the Covid19 patients don’t have water to drink.  This was a great morning and they were so very appreciative.  We delivered 1500 bottles of water and 6 water filters.

I have a BED!

•July 3, 2020 • Leave a Comment

I was told about grandparents that were raising four of their grandchildren.  Mom had left them and the two dads were in prison.  These grandparents are so dedicated to these kids.  Grandpa is out of work due to Covid19.  The kids are sleeping on a mattress stuffed with newspaper and has spiders in it.  The older brother was sleeping on the concrete floor and the baby sleeps with the grandparents.

We arrived with two sets of bunk beds.  The excitement in the house was hilarious.  The kids could not believe that they would be sleeping that night on real beds.  I asked them a few days later how was their sleep?  ” Oh, we forgot that it was night, we were sleeping so well and it was so very warm”.  Grandma said they are usually up by 6:30 and now they wake up at 8:30-9am.  Yeah for beds!  We also provided sheets of metal cladding to fix all the spaces in the roof so that they would not have water in the house.

“To me, a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor…it’s nothing.” Bono

 

 

Food, Masks, Masks and Food

•May 27, 2020 • Leave a Comment

The poor are jobless which means there is no EI or government benefits.  Each one for themselves.

It is very sad.  LGC has been very busy buying and packing beans and rice, then we add noodles, oil, Incaparina (protein powder), hand soap and toothpaste.  Roughly 30lbs of food/bag.  As of May 31st we will have handed out 920 bags of food which equals 27,600lbs of food.  The grateful that is seen on the faces of the families is indescribable.  Above the masks you see eyes filled with tears, smiling eyes, eyes that before had fear are now filled with gratitude.

We have also supplied two hospitals with face masks and face shields.  We decided to surprise the staff at the San Felipe hospital.  We brought them “pastel” and when the word got out, the line was long and they were so excited.  One of the nurses said “I have seen this on the news around the world, but it never happens here”.  There were tears of gratitude.

The container of Gleaners soup is more than 3/4 empty.  And I get requests almost weekly for more soup pick ups.

Please pray with us that through all that is happening the Guatemalan government will help their people. Pray that the Guatemalan people will seek Jesus.

2 Chronicles 7:14 New International Version (NIV)
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Blessings, thanks and hugs to all of you that have helped make this happen.

I would love for each one of you to meet the people that you have helped.

“God is always seeking you. Every sunset. Every clear blue sky. Each ocean wave. The starry hosts of night. He blankets each new day with the invitation, ‘I am here.”  Louie Giglio

The “Gift” of a Crisis…

•April 23, 2020 • 1 Comment

With March came the virus, Covid19.  Panic, anxiety, questions, not many answers.  With that came loss of jobs for most Guatemalans.  Families are now begging for food.  White flags can be seen on doors and windows.

LGC has delivered 2800lbs of food in the past three weeks.  With the help of my neighbours, we have bagged and handing out a bag with 10lbs of beans, 10lbs of rice, macaroni, cooking oil, sugar, soap and toothpaste.   The tears of gratitude have been all we need to keep going.  I have people ringing my doorbell at 6am, asking for help. And I cannot say NO, if I have food in the container I will put a package together for them.

The container arrived a month ago and it is half empty.  I need to now decide who can have it and who will have to wait.  I have several soup kitchens in the area that I need to keep stocked.

God knows what we need and He is in control.  I sent out a mass email on April 16th asking for financial support and He answered in a huge way.  Thank you to those of you who gave because He whispered “you can give”.

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It has ARRIVED!

•March 28, 2020 • Leave a Comment

A container of Fraser Valley Gleaner’s soup was packed and left the Delta Port in February, 2020.  Our last container, well, we won’t talk about that one.  This one caught a great wave and arrived in Port Quetzal, Guatemala, around the 17th of March.  The broker said it would be released on March 31st.  On March 23rd I received a call that it would be released at 10am the next day!  Ok….start calling people you know that have trucks and extra guys to help unload.  Prayed and God answered, like He always does.  With 6 trucks and 21 people we emptied the container in 2 hours.  That is 42,000lbs of Gleaners soup, apple pieces and 25 bags of donations.  What a crew of heroes we had.  Thank you for your prayers.  Some of it has already gone out.  With all the unemployed because of the Corvid19, we will have so many more people going with food.  Blessings to Fraser Valley Gleaners, all the volunteers, please HUG yourself!

 

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“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”
– Chinese Proverb

What has happened to the School?

•March 28, 2020 • Leave a Comment

In April, 2015, a team of 19 from a church in Vauxhall, Alberta arrived in Guatemala.

They were to be working with LGC.  My husband had passed away the day before they arrived.  Two organizations came to the hospital and asked how they could help.  One of them was Genesis Project.  Ricardo was tutoring students in the afternoon in a double car garage.  The team worked with him every afternoon.  They admired what he was doing.   When they returned to Alberta, they raised funds to not only buy land but also help build the school.  In 2018, the school was open to the students.  Now there are 125 of them.  They are doing so well that the regular school teachers are asking “how is this happening?”  Two other towns have requested a tutor program as well.

In March, 2020, a group of 6 from the same church came to check out the school and see what LGC is doing in Guatemala.  They were taken not only to the school but also to Chimixiya where they met 19 of our student’s moms.  They were entertained by the mom’s singing and also the children sang one verse of the national anthem.  They toured the soup kitchen, visited One Way Community and helped them deliver food to needy families.  It was a short four days and we are confident that they will be back with a team.

“Education is the most powerful weapon

which you can use to change the world.”  Nelson Mandela

 

 

 

ROTARY ABBOTSFORD

•February 26, 2020 • 1 Comment

A group of 11 came from Abbotsford Rotary to work at Transiciones(a wheelchair factory), provide dental care and help in constructing a house with Love Guatemala Canada.  They learned new skills as to how to put a wheelchair together and sweated in the heat of the day at the construction site.  They brought medical supplies for the Firemen in Jocotenango, soccer and basketballs for the guys at Transiciones and clothing and flags that were handed out to the people coming to the dental clinic.

“Let your light shine as an inspiration to humanity and BE THE REASON someone believes in the goodness of people.”  Germany Kent