Crazy how life can seem so surreal at times. Today, when I visited the clinic construction, I thought about all the meetings, debates and great planning that went into it. I remembered the young architect, Jonathan Zee who so generously came with us to Guatemala and designed this wonderful place.
Five “trabajadores” were busily working away – installing the steel beams in preparation for the roof. The heat surely wasn’t slowing them down at all (nor the minimal tools they had to use. Every space, every window, every column was laid out exactly as planned – and the best part is that all the thought that went into it seems to have been so worth it! A lovely breeze and lots of natural sunlight is present in EVERY room! The building is laid out so beautifully on the 2 acres – It seems to welcome you and says “hi” as you approach in your car! There is plenty of space for the patients to wait and the design is really perfect for great patient flow. I think of all the years that we thought about it and here it is!
So we brought the children from our after-school program over there so they could see their new classrooms (on the other side of the clinic). They were so delighted! Then, Camillo, the owner of the Construction Company came and spoke with the children. He talked to them about the importance of knowing math when you are doing construction. He told them a bit about his life (he didn’t even learn to read until he was 18!)and all he had to overcome to get to a point where he could direct a job like this. He even talked to them about being an architect or an engineer – what inspiration for them considering that they never heard of such jobs in the past!
Then we returned to the clinic and I gave the children some books that were sent from the Ottawa Hills school system. They were so overjoyed at the thought of a new book to bring home tonight! I also gave them each a bracelet made by the family of one of my friends. You would have thought I was giving them gold and diamonds! Once again, I am reminded of how lives can be so changed when we all share our gifts! I can’t thank all of you enough – today was just an example of all that can be done when we work together to make it a bit better world for those that God puts in our path.