Tuesday, November 20, 2012

 At twelve years old Roody is the caretaker for his six younger siblings. His mother has to work, and his dad is usually drunk, so Roody takes care of the family all day until his mom comes home. Roody is the one who makes sure they do their homework. Roody is responsible for finding something to eat when they run out of tortillas, and he is the one that comforts his siblings when they are sad. Roody and his family live in a nearby village called Chituc. They live in a one room house with dirt floors, aluminum walls, and a tarp for a roof. Their kitchen is a metal garbage bin that they put hot coals in. Roody shares a bed with four of his brothers, and his only sister sleeps on the floor. The 8 month old baby sleeps on a corn sack that hangs from a wooden beam on the roof.

(Roody and another boy from Chituc)

Recently we helped Roody's family by building them a stove, giving them a Mattress so that Roody's sister didn't have to sleep on the floor, and giving them a bassinet so that the baby didn't have so sleep in such a dangerous position. The entire family was so happy to have these things that most Americans take for granted. They were thrilled to have these simple things that we consider necessary. They were thankful.

(Roody's family)

In  America, not only does every member of the family have their own bed, we buy the extra soft mattresses. We buy elaborate headboards and comforters and pillows that match our rooms, and then we get new ones every few years, because they get old. 

Not only do we have stoves, but we have electric ones that start with the push of a button so that we don't have to wait until the fire is hot enough. And on top of that we have ovens and microwaves and grills, so that there are even more ways that we can cook our favorite foods to our liking.

Not only do we have baby beds, but we then buy matching bedding, and more blankets than a child could ever use. We buy mobiles that spin from the top on the bed, and then we buy portacribs that we can take on vacation. 

I'm not saying that it is wrong to have any of this stuff, but what is wrong is that we are always wanting more.
  (Roody's brother Bryan)

This week, we will all sit around the table with our family and friends and eat more food than it takes to make us full, to celebrate Thanksgiving. We will talk about the things we are thankful for, like our church, and our freedom, our job and our family.

(Roody's house)

The idea of something like this is impossible to a kid like Roody, not just because they don't celebrate a feast between the pilgrims and the indians in Guatemala, but rather because they could never imagine having that much food.

But the worst part is, the day after we all say how thankful we are, we get up early and stand in line to buy more things that we don't really need. We trample over other people and fight we the things that we want.

 I challenge you to pause for a moment this week and be thankful for everything you have, don't just be grateful on Thanksgiving, but on Black Friday too.


  1. Amen girl! Great post :) Praying you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving!!!

  2. AMen, and I love reading your stories and your heart for missions in Guatemala..bless you