Graduates….

•November 29, 2018 • Leave a Comment

We had a lot of fun celebrating our grads in Chimixiya.  We could not go to the village

because of road construction so we all me in the next town….diplomas, gifts and cake

It was great to see them enjoying this special time together.

We were also very proud of Nery and Gustavo who took three grades in two years

and graduated with a diploma in Grade 9.  They will continue on to high school.

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”   Malala

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Artists….

•November 28, 2018 • Leave a Comment

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We were given the space or a soup kitchen 6 years ago by the mayor of the city.

Because we do not pay rent we plant trees, paint or plant flowers.

When the kitchen was moved in January, 2018, we had a very ugly white wall behind

the soup kitchen.  This wall is 40 feet long by 20 feet high….what to do????

I found out that there was a mural artist in the area and when I contacted him,

after the initial shock of the size he drew a sketch for me….

Jose and his crew are so gifted….they paint by hand and have an 8 x 10

sketch book that they look at periodically.

We and the city were so pleased with the end result….Mother Earth,

Mayan culture.  The hand represents Love Guatemala seeding love, joy,

peace and forgiveness to the new generation.

My favourite is the “kitty” ……found in the Peten.

 

A Gift of Love for Rosa…

•November 28, 2018 • Leave a Comment

We met Rosa Paulina in September.  Rosa is a widow with four children.

She had a “house” built by another organization and that room needed

some repairs.  Then we checked out the open kitchen, pila and the

not so nice bathroom.  The guys started construction and then the Canadian team

arrived with lots of energy.  They finished the kitchen and Rosa’s bedroom,

and started working on the kitchen and bathroom.

As we built e noticed a change in Rosa’s appearance, she was laughing,

smiling and believed that we were actually going to build her a house.

You will see through the pictures the difference a promise makes to

someone who has virtually nothing.

Thank you to the October Canadian team…..

Thank you to those of you who financially supported this project.

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I have one life and one chance to make it count for something… My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.  Jimmy Carter

Could I get a pill????

•November 28, 2018 • Leave a Comment

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In October for 4 days this “crazy” group of doctors and nurses worked with LGC.

They started in Escuintla, working with Dr. Paul and then finishing up with

with a clinic in Jocotenango.  From scabies to cancer they lovingly talked to each person.

Thank you ER ABROAD for your servant hearts.

When you give of yourself, you are sharing the greatest gift there is. When you practice holding Love, Compassion, Gratitude, Friendship and Truthfulness in your heart every moment of the day, you are truly giving your greatest gift. YOU! Author Unknown

Tears of Gratitude…

•October 6, 2018 • 1 Comment

When we first met Angel and her two little girls, her mother and 2 nieces

and a nephew, their living conditions were “interesting”.  Angel’s sister had

passed away in January giving birth to a little girl.  The dad left the scene

and no one knows where he is.  Angel and Samuel took in the other three children

and the baby went to live with a neighbor.  The house had dirt floors, no light, the kitchen and Angel and Samuel’s bedroom were made of bamboo and plastic.

With the help of Westside church in Omaha, Nebraska and many others,

 we started construction.

The before and after pics are unbelievable.  They are in awe of the house

they now have.  It is warm, protected from the rain and they have a

shower and toilet…

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Angel said she is living a dream…she had prayed that some day God would

give her a warm house……God answered that prayer.

Faith and Prayer are invisible but they make impossible things

possible.  It is God’s part to do the WONDERS; our part is the simplest:

TO TRUST AND TO PRAY.”  Unknown Author

 

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  

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