Tuesday, October 18, 2011

All around us..

I'm surrounded by poverty.


Yet all around me, there is evidence of Him.


Evidence that He loves us.
Evidence that he wants to spend eternity with us.
Sometimes I wonder how others don't see it, but then I remember that I didn't know until I was told either. That's why we're here- to tell them. And not just tell them, but walk alongside them, and teach them how to live it. Because they are important to God too. Just like me and you.

Monday, October 10, 2011

There are so many things about Guatemala that are very different from life in America. Some are more easy to get used to than others. One of the differences that has been hard for me to get used to is the pace of things. I wouldn't have thought that this was such a big deal, but it is more difficult that you would think.
In America, time is money. We rush to get things done, because we believe we have better things to do. We get annoyed when people waste our time, and if people don't move fast enough we get agitated. We judge the quality of someone's work by how fast they can get it done, because we don't want to have to wait around for someone.
In Guatemala, people don't think that way. They move at a slower pace, with the mindset of "it will be there tomorrow." They don't rush for anything. It doesn't matter if they're late, because nothing starts on time anyway. It's no big deal if the line is long at the market, and its OK to just sit and talk for a while.
I can't help but think that maybe, this is not such a bad thing. Sure it's bothersome at times, when I have something to do, but it leaves people without stress, and it makes for better relationships. And it is definitely teaching me patience!

Monday, October 3, 2011

This kid has stolen my heart...

Meet Lydia!
 
  Lydia is one of the many kids who come to the Manna Feeding Program. Her 3 brothers also come, and her mom is one of the cooks.

 Lydia's precious family allowed us the privilege of going to her house. As they showed us their humble home with dirt floors, a wood stove, and no glass on their windows, I couldn't help but think of how blessed I am.

 Even though they have nothing, they don't complain, they just thank God for what they do have, and know that they can rely on Him. That kind of faith is what we should all strive for.

 "God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs." -Matthew 5:3