To care for widows and orphans . . .

As many of you know, the husband works for Buckner, a multi-service agency devoted to helping families and children.  Most of his (and our) trips have been centered around orphan ministry.  However, this trip to Guatemala has had a different emphasis . . . sort of.  For the past two days our group of 10 (13 including our three Guatemalan translators) has been working in the small community of Pacux (pronounced pa-KOOSH) painting a newly constructed church inside and out and building an outdoor kitchen for a widow in the community.

Working in this community has been a blessing and an eye opener.  We have enjoyed spending time with the children and the older women in the community (most of the men have been off working).  We have also been struck by the great needs in this place – and how much we take for granted.   We were surprised to learn the first day that the water only comes on for HALF AN HOUR each day.  During this time the townspeople have to collect as much water as they can in sinks and buckets to use for the rest of the day.  Needless to say this created a challenge when mixing mud mortar to build the mud-block kitchen.  We could only imagine the challenge it creates for them on a daily basis.

Despite the tremendous needs of the community, we were also struck by the kindness and spirit of the people.  The children were VERY warm towards us (possibly because they knew we had candy) and were content to just sit in our laps and let us hold them even when we couldn´t speak the language.  We learned that even though our work projects will have an impact on the community, the time and attention we gave the children might be the most important thing.  As always, we wish we could spend more time with them, but we are trusting that God will take the time that we have spent here and build on it through other teams (or perhaps ours again at a later date).

Tomorrow we will shift gears a bit and visit a special needs home in town and then meet with a representative of a local church with whom we may partner to start an orphanage.  This is one of the most important goals of our trip as we look to begin this work.  Please pray that God would open the right doors to bring this about.

A few other pics of our time in Pacux.  Thanks for your prayers!







  1. gabriela
    Posted August 7, 2008 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    U guys work so hard!!! but I still can’t find any picture where Paul is working!! I wonder why???? U are the most beautiful couple ever, God send me a blessing the day I got the chance to meeted you and work with you.

  2. Posted August 7, 2008 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    What a great ministry! God bless.

  3. Posted August 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    What an awesome project! And what beautiful faces!

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