Olive Branch Church

At the beginning of December Olive Branch came and served with Porch de Salomon for a week.  We’ve been busy but I wanted to post some photos of their week.  Olive Branch and their support of our ministry has been one of the encouragements we have received this year.Olive Branch with AlbinoThey spent the week helping us build a bedroom and bathroom for Albino and his mother Cruz.  Albino had a terrible accident while selling on the chicken buses.  He was run over by not one but two vehicles which left him handicapped after several surgeries. Albinowashing clothesThis is Cruz and how she had to wash laundry before we got her a new Pila (Guatemalan sink).IMG_7764The crew worked hard all week.  They did some shoveling and leveling of dirt the first day but the major work they accomplished was carrying the house up the giant hill one concrete block at a time.
IMG_7765One day found us carrying block in rain and fog.  It was cold, wet, and slippery but no one really complained.
brook and rudyme carrying blockOf course the girls got to tie rebar with Lonnie as well.  Crystalkatie and Rebecca

Katie on the last day of work helped add a special touch to Albino’s existing house by decorating for Christmas!decorating the Christmas tree

Kyle looking full of energy after helping dig the septic tank for the house.  I really enjoyed getting to know Kyle better this week!
Kyle working hard

Not a bad view everyday on the way to the job site.
group shot at mirador

The last day we got to do some very special events.  We first stopped in Concepcion to visit Santos and Maria who Olive Branch helped construct this house for last year.photo with SantosThen they participated in a dedicated the new community center Porch built this year in Chauxic!  After spending all year at this job site it was great to see it finally finished!  And you could tell the community was really excited.

celebration

They brought out the marimba guys for the occasion!mirimba dudesthe crowd

The whole community came out and celebrated with fireworks, ice-cream and lots of speeches:)!  I even got to say some words on behalf of Porch de Salomon.  saying a few wordsKatie speakingAnd Katie from Olive Branch talked about the importance of the day and how important education is for girls.  Often little girls in Guatemala only get to have a 3rd grade education.  They then have to begin working in the house full-time.  Hopefully this community center will help give a better education for the little girls in this community.ice cream conekids at computersJoe entertained the crowd with some of his magic tricks!JoeNoe with community leaderNoe did a great job working on this community center all year.  This center was one of his visions.handing the keys to leadersI got to hand over the keys to the center and Brook cut the ribbon.brook cutting ribbonThe last day Amber cooked breakfast for the team at our house.  Amber is an amazing cook and does a great job with the breakfasts she cooks for the groups.Amber and breakfasteating breakfast

Katie and kidsProbably the kids favorite person ever is Katie!  She has come down 2 years in a row and this year even had a sleep over with our kids.  We had a great week with Olive Branch!  And we can’t wait until they come down again this February.  Here is a video the church made of their trip!

 

 

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