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Thursday
Apr282011

One more great week!

 

Monday we spent the day loading the truck for our trip to Huehue the next day , and pouring a new cement floor for the wheelchair shop! Not joking! This is something we've wanted to do for a long time, and with the help of the Nooksack Valley Reformed Church from WA it was accomplished! For years we have been putting patches, but still chunks would fall out leaving lots of potholes.  You can imagine how rough that was on the fellows in wheelchairs. Well, the guys have a new floor now!
We were on a roll with the cement, so after that we headed over to where we would be building a house later in the week and put in the foundation. We were greatly challenged by this project, or at least I was upon discovering that the little plot of land that the the widow called her own was not square! In order to make use of what she had, we ended up making her family a very unique home!
Day 2. Today we started the widow Margarita's home. She has been a widow for 11 years and has 3 children. She makes tortillas to get by.  
We poured the floor, and then we all jumped into the van to head out to Huehuetenango where we'll have a wheelchair distribution tomorrow.
Day 3.  Time to give wheelchairs! I can't even begin to explain how much a gift of a wheelchair means to someone without mobility.  Our team is all ready, we have several work stations set up, including one for pastors who pray with families and encourage them in the Lord. Salvation is presented to those who don't know the Lord. Today I had the privilege of praying with a mother and her 2 boys who committed their lives to Christ. Now that was awesome!!
After finishing a little early, we tried to visit some Mayan ruins nearby, but the rains and traffic turned us back to the hotel. Oh well.
 Day 4. What an incredible day!  We went visiting. First we stopped in with Maria Garcia who helps Bethel deliver aid to some of our sponsored families in the area.  It's wonderful how God has brought faithful, loving people alongside that volunteer with Bethel.  Today the families received a bag of food staples and also much needed new shoes. I'll never forget the look on some of their faces as the suitcases were opened. Their faces just glowed as the fittings began! Even Abuela got in on the fun.
    We visited 7 families in all, spending time praying with each one. They began to share of their struggles, a reminder for us all to stay in prayer for our friends who live in troubled areas. 
The uniquely shaped home, using every square foot owned!... did I say square?
 
Day 5.  Today we drove back to Chimal, I was relieved to find the highways clear of traffic. I guess people are at their homes celebrating the resurrection! The whole week is celebrated here, Guatemalans love to party!  I appreciate the sacrifice these team members have made to be here with us reaching out during a holiday!
    After arriving we went to the second home site that we will be building, and started to pour the cement floor, when it started raining.  The team asked, "Now what?" I replied, "We work!"    We got it done and covered it with a tarp to dry. We were soaked but the job was accomplished!
Day 6. Today we split the group in two to get more accomplished and the house building began. At the end of the day we had two homes done, and two happy families that have a new lease on life! The second home was for Ana; her husband abandoned the family many years ago. She sells fruit on the streets to make a living. Now the little she makes won't have to go toward renting a room, but she can provide her children with better food and an education. As we told her that her new home is a gift from God, she said she knew, and that she had been believing to receive the blessing of God. Today her prayers are answered and God has touched her life with His love and faithfulness.
Almost forgot! Tonight we had the youth group "Todo Por Amor a Ti" over for a bonfire/service and fellowship time. It's exciting to watch this faithful group out there serving and living strong for Christ. They had an evangelistic activity last week in Esquintla, reaching out to other youth in that area. I am so proud to see how they have matured over the years and have given of their lives to reach out to their generation and the next with the message of the Gospel lived out. Please keep them, and their new director, Dennise, in your prayer.
Day 7. Today we went to church, had a sweet time with the children in the orphanage afterwards, and then played tourist and let the team shop for a while before dark.  A great way to wind up the week.
Thank you for your giving over the last few weeks. We have been able to continue because of it. We would ask that you would please pray with us concerning  2 groups that were scheduled to come do wheelchair distributions and house builds, but have had to cancel because of economical reasons. I know that it is not the desire of these groups to back out leaving the outreaches undone. By faith we will go on.  Let's pray that things would turn around, that the windows of heaven would open and that they would receive blessings beyond measure. That we would see these families receive the home or wheelchair that they so desperately need.
With love in Christ, 
Chris and Donna
Guatemalans decorate streets for an Easter procession

 

Wednesday
Apr272011

One more great week!

Monday we spent the day loading the truck for our trip to Huehue the next day, and pouring a new cement floor for the wheelchair shop! Not joking! This is something we've wanted to do for a long time, and with the help of the Nooksack Valley Reformed Church from WA it was accomplished! For years we have been putting patches, but still chunks would fall out leaving lots of potholes. You can imagine how rough that was on the fellows in wheelchairs. Well, the guys have a new floor now!

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