Home Visits

Nielson's family. Juan with Joselyn, Carol, Neilson, Aliciaa and Nayeli
Nielson’s family. Juan with Joselyn, Carol, Neilson, Aliciaa and Nayeli

Today we embarked on home visits with Pastor Felix.  It is a special day here .. the National Day of the Woman.  That means no school – and also an opportunity to wish each lady a “feliz dia de la mujer”!  We walked house to house and listened to the thoughts of the women and youth.  We also ran into a few men!

As I listend to the ladies speak and watched the joy of their children hustling about – I caught a glimpse of what may be missing.  The joy in the children is certain.  Children play from their heart whether they play in the sewer or the playground.  They squeal with delight as they play with a chicken, the same as if it is a pure bred canine.  The spark in their eyes is alive!

Brenda with Evelyn, cynthia, Marcos and Rose Maria.
Brenda with Evelyn, cynthia, Marcos and Rose Maria.

But there is a different look in the eyes of the older youth and the adults.  The light is a bit dimmer…the questions show through more than the bliss of not knowing.  I think what they are wondering about is hope.  Will there be better nutrition for their families? Will there come a day when they do not walk for water or travel long distances for medical care?  Will there be a time when their children’s education results in consistent work that does not always mean the sugar cane field?  And the question no one wants to ask…”Does anyone even care?”    The women I met today were courageous and full of grace.  They welcomed us and welcomed our prayers.  They are eager to learn and poised for change.

Adiranna and the rural Guatemalan version of a snow cone machine
Adiranna and the rural Guatemalan version of a snow cone machine

3 thoughts on “Home Visits

  • Hi Vona; I am Peg OM….I assume that you can figure that out…..OM=Other Marys.

    I loved this “Home Visits”. It is very easy for us to forget how hard some people have to work just to live. I am so glad you go to Guatemala to help the people there. I would love to go on a visit there, but that is not going to happen. I will just have to learn about things there through your posts. Thank you for sending them to me.

    I; am praying for you

    Blessings, Peg Hulit, OM

  • Hi Vona,

    It is wonderful that you have been able to make some home visits. I have a special request for a home visit in the area of Pastor Manuel’s church while you are there. I went you a private email to your gmail account to give you the details of the request.

    God bless,
    Howard

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