Everyday I am in Guatemala I am reminded of how much I have to be thankful for. For me it is a dream fulfilled to be able to be a servant to such beautiful and amazing people. One thought has been haunting me since I returned, “how do these people view my life?” In the States I could view the way I lived as simple and non extravagant, but I no longer have the luxury of being ignorant of how most people live in the world. I am now confronted from all sides with the truth. I am a rich American. I am selfish and consumeristic. And I am living a life most people can only dream of. If your reading this you probably are too. The more I am confronted with this truth the better, I think. And yet still I find myself wanting to buy that big flat screen at the Curacao(our local appliance store). However, days like yesterday remind me of how much I already have and that what I need can’t be bought.
Yesterday some of the staff at the Porch went out to visit potential families we are looking at helping this fall. It was a rainy day. We are in the rainy season so it rains everyday here.
We did a lot of walking down muddy paths like this one.
This is inside of their house. Believe it or not it is pretty nice compared to some. But the earthquake damage is concerning.
And this is their bathroom.
We also got to visit with these two at one stop. They actually were not the ones we came to talk with but their story touched our hearts and we are going to visit them next week to find out more. This is Petrona Vicente and her 8 year old son Edwin.
Their home was destroyed during the recent earthquake and were living with the family we came to visit.
Petrona had something wrong with her mouth that we are going to take her to a nearby clinic for. Her son Edwin has not talked since he was 2 years old. They told us that he suffered a fall when he was 2 and ever since then he has not talked. He walks with a limp and you can tell it is something wrong with his spine. He is such a cute little boy
We got to pray for Edwin and Petrona before we left. We prayed for healing and God’s provision in their life. The cool thing is we will probably get to be involved in being the answer to some of those prayers.
This is the bed that the parents sleep on. Yes, that is a comfy tin mattress. And below is where the kids sleep, on the dirt floor. We will definitely be building some beds for them in the near future.
We took the father Santos down to the local tienda(convience store) and got the family some needed food items. They didn’t have anything to eat.
Check out this video to see what how rainy it was. We were soaked by the end of the day.
The last stop of the day was for a family we have already committed to build a house for this October. They are a young family. With several children and one on the way.
It was a long day of visiting and also emotionally and mentally draining but I got to come home and take a shower and snuggle into a nice warm bed. As my head hit the pillow with all the images from the day swirling in it all I could say was, “Why me God?” “What have I done to deserve any of this?”