June 2018

      The month started out with Volcano Fuego erupting on June 3rd. The day Guatemala will not forget for a long time. We live just 7 miles away but we are on the uphill side of Fuego so we just received a lot of ash and small lava rocks.  On the other side of the volcano unfortunately rest several villages. The pyroclastic material spread up to 50 miles an hour with heat reaching close to 1000 degrees. The official numbers are 107 dead and over 200 hundred missing. The numbers according to many are over 2 thousand missing. The land has been deemed uninhabitable with over 4000 being displaced into temporary shelters.

    With all this going on we hosted Northbrook UMC at the end of the month. Through God’s grace we were able to build 2 homes for 2 incredible families and build several chicken pens in Patzicia for families to have eggs regularly. After we built the pens we had worship with 40 or so children and fed them eggs and tortillas. Some of the children looked like it was the first meal they had eaten in a long time. We got two piñatas and celebrated with the children. We all were overwhelmed with it all. Friday came and we had a free morning of zip lining and coffee plantation touring. That afternoon we dedicated the homes to the families. I am so glad I did not have to speak because I was emotionally spent by this time. God’s blessings during the week had totally wiped me out. That night we had worship with two of our Guatemalan friends and it was a perfect way of ending the week. As we prayed over each other the week couldn’t have ended any better. We sadly had to say hasta lluego (see you later) at the airport to the team because we refuse to say good bye.

      Now, what are we doing for the volcano victims? Love Serve is attempting to buy land near Patzicia. The project once completed will have 6 houses with a large community kitchen. We would also be helping some of the children continue their education at Vision and Fe with our sponsorship program. The cost of the land is $20,000 and an additional cost of $35,000 for the building of the homes, water, electricity, stoves, etc. The immediate need is securing the land. If you would like to contribute to this project, please designate it for the Volcano project. We love you guys and hope to see each of you here someday.

                                                   Carol and Craig (and Barley our golden retriever)

 

 

 

 

Matthew 20:28

"Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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