It’s one of those months where so much is happening its hard to compress it all down into a single blog post. So this post is a catch-all from the month of February and I will do some other team posts in a couple of days. Where to begin?
I would like to begin by saying thank you. From the beginning of our time here until now, you all have followed, prayed, partnered with us financially and given us the support we have needed to do what we do. We have our ups and downs here. Some days it feels great living and working in Guatemala and other days we long for the comforts and ease of good ol’ Indiana living.
At the beginning of the month I went to the airport to pick up Brook Sarver and Kyle Schnitz from Olive Branch Church. They came down and helped us record some video projects for Porch de Salomon. I can’t wait to see how they turn out. As we drove back from the airport Volcan Fuego near Antigua, Guatemala was erupting. We were driving past when it happened but didn’t even notice from the highway. These are photos I found of the eruption on Facebook.
It was a great week with these guys recording some amazing stories for Porch de Salomon.
Thanks to Guatemala Joe for giving us a surprise drop off:) Our kiddos have learned how to raise two baby chicks. It has been a good learning experience for them. However, sadly, Ezra carried one around by the neck a little too rough and we lost one. Eventually we will give the other to a needy family in our area.
On fat Tuesday February 17th we went to a Mardi Gras party to help raise money for a local school in town called PCI. My band, “The Dirty Deeds Band” played a set to open up the night. Yes I know my shirt is pretty awesome.
We started work on Silveria’s house this month. She is a mother of 8 children providing for them on her own because her husband is an alcoholic and ran off to Chimaltenango. Her oldest daughter has one child of her own and another one on the way (a boy! We were able to get her an ultrasound recently).
We always love it when “Team Gina” from California comes to serve with Porch de Salomon. They along with a team from China helped us dig out the side of the mountain to prevent flooding at Silveria’s house.
Laura our good friend from Fort Wayne came down last year about this time to serve for a couple of weeks with Porch de Salomon. Little did we know a year later she would be getting engaged to Guatemala Joe!
We took a spur of the moment trip to the Pacific ocean with our good friends the McMullen’s this past weekend. We had so much fun with them. And despite having some motion sickness on the way there we had a perfect weekend at the beach. Our kids had never been to the beach except Abra when she was too young to remember. I enjoyed watching them playing. It was a quick 24 hour trip but it was fun!
The McMullen’s are moving back to the States soon. We are going to miss them a ton! One sad part about being a missionary is having to say goodbye to people all the time. But we must look on the bright side. The good news is they are having another child and this is why they are moving back. They also gifted us with their vehicle! They have generously given us their 2001 Lincoln Navigator. The only issue? It has some engine trouble and needs about $1500 worth of work. We aren’t sure what to do yet but are praying someone might feel led to help us with this cost.
Interested in helping us fix our vehicle? It will be extremely useful for us. You can donate at porchdesalomon.org and make sure you designate to Will and Amber Deeds.