Monday, March 7, 2011

Saturday March 5th & Sunday March 6th

This is a picture of all the supplies donated to the volunteer Firefighters and EMS crew.  The team also served them dinner.

Some of the team also got to slide down the Fireman's pole.  This is a bit blurry but it is Kathy Mizen from Windsor.

Early on Sunday morning those of the team that were going to do the volcano climb arrived to a group of horses ready for them to begin their journey upward.

Nothing like a trail ride up the side of a mountain/volcano.

Dave Wright just found out they had marshmallows for roasting.  He is a very happy man!

Kathy Mizen heading up the trail to the lava flow.

Here is the team at the edge of the lava flow. 

Nothing like roasting some marshmallows over a hot air vent from the volcano.

Dave Wright shared this story during a team gathering a couple nights ago...

"When we were driving away from the worksite, a teddy bear fell on the ground of the van - we weren't sure where it came from.  But we looked ahead in the road, and there was one little boy just standing there so we stopped the van to give the bear to the little boy. He broke into a huge smile from  ear to ear and I nearly lost it.  Building the houses is neat, but THAT is what it's all about." 

Here is a really cool story that Rose Gass (Simcoe) found out about and wanted to share...

I have to tell you the story about the village we are currently working in. Many of the homes are built on the hillside. The homes are built of tin sheets; the floors are dirt. Walkways up into the homes are carved into the hillside. I can’t imagine what a river of mud this must be in the rainy season which lasts from May until November. Several years ago a man came to this village and promised the villagers that he would come and build homes for them. How they must have anticipated this improvement in their circumstances! Families gave $500 to this man with his promise to come back and build. $500 is a fortune in a country where the average wage is about $1 a day. This money was probably their life savings -- money they needed in case of an illness, or other emergency in the family. The man never returned.

Then arrives another man, John King a Canadian missionary, who promises that a team will come and build homes for them. How this other promise must have stirred up feelings of distrust and possibly anger at remembrance of what had been promised before. But this time supplies arrived -- timber, tin roofing and cement. Hope. Anticipation. Can you imagine the excitement of the families who were going to receive a new home! And best of all, the families were going to receive these homes free -- paid for by Canadian donors.

It was the local pastor who decided which families were in the greatest need of a home. While John and the pastor were walking through the village, an older man approached them. This man had been very angry at what had happened to him previously and was very distrustful of strangers promising new homes. John, however, felt moved to listen to this man. John felt in his heart that this man and his family needed to be blessed with one of these homes.

God had a plan of good for the wrongdoing done to these villagers.  I feel so humble being part of God’s blessing to these families. Myself, our team, and the Canadians who have contributed to make the dream of home ownership come true for a remote village in Guatemala.

Now that is what I am talking about!

No comments:

Post a Comment