This is the fifth post in a six-part series describing the people met on a mission trip to Guatemala. Lives were changed ... We, the Americans, are forever changed!!
The Hope of Life ministry is built around a PRACTICAL GOSPEL that puts feet to our heart’s desires. Children in need were discovered while we were in Guatemala, and two couples from our group were allowed to accompany the Hope of Life staff in a rescue high up in the mountains. What a life-changing experience for these two couples, as well as
for our whole group!
Before sunrise the four joined employees of Hope of Life who spend their time building relationships with these families, and began their trek high into the mountains of Guatemala. After three hours of bumpy roads and walking a trail by foot, they arrive at the home of the infant.
They find Kaylene Roxanne, a five-pound three-month-old, surrounded by a loving mother and her sister, Rosie. The mom was doing all she could for Kaylene, but she was not thriving and growing.
During this rescue the team also met Oscar, a seven-year-old in need of medical care. Oscar’s hair was dry, brittle, and falling out, with a washed-out yellow tent. Oscar’s mom had several other children to care for and she struggled with allowing him to leave her. Finally, she trusted Hope of Life with her son and sent Sara, his 13-year-old sister to be with him. Oscar had such sweet faith as he left his mom and grasped Tammy’s hand, allowing the team to lead him and Sara down through the mountains, and several hours away from mom and home!
Five sweet souls were rescued that day … Kaylene, Rosie, their mom, and Oscar and Sara. The faith and trust these families had in our team will never been forgotten. It’s amazing to these Americans that the families trusted us (strangers) enough to leave their home and come with us.
The people are desperate for help! Praise God for His faithfulness in providing for these children. God is good! All the time!!
Bags of Food
Our mission team spent one morning measuring and packing 300 bags of food to distribute to the people of our adopted village of Antombran. The rice, dried beans, and dried corn had to be measured and bagged. After that, the rice, beans, and corn were combined with sugar, corn flour, a soup mix, a protein powder, and coffee.
Later in the week, we loaded the food bags into a truck and the back seats of our school bus, and then in the village unloaded the bags – each weighing 25 pounds! The villagers lined up for hours waiting to receive their food bags. These bags would feed the families for 6-8 weeks. It was definitely a festive atmosphere as the villagers anticipated receiving the bags of food!
As the food bags were placed in the hands of the people, they were hugged and told, “Jesus te ama” (Jesus loves you!) or “Dios te ama” (God loves you!). We received lots of smiles, hugs, and many returned our blessing saying, “Alabado sea Dios!” (Praise God!) or “Que Dios te bendiga” (God bless you!).
“God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love – not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.” ~1 John 4:9-11
Father, our hearts hurt as we leave our village today! We have worked hard to accomplish the jobs you have given us to do, but there seems to be so many more needs. Please bless the people of Antombran and continue to provide for their needs. Bless Hope of Life and allow them to continue to meet the needs of so many in Guatemala. Continue to use us, Lord, to love your people and point them to Your eternal love. Amen.