Hola everyone! Just want to tell you how full and productive the trip has been so far.
Started off a little frightening when we were told that we couldn"t land in Guatemala because of bad weather so we had to go to El Salvador and site there for 4 hours. People were starting to get slightly hysterical (yes, even our own Deena!!) when they finally got smart and broke out the "snacks" that previoulsy cost $4 a pop!
Once we were no longer starving, we were able to laugh at the poor Spanish language skills of the stewardess. Even I knew she wasn't even close - and that sure says a lot!!
But we finally crawled into bed at 1 AM last night and slept well. The alarm was promptly set at 5 AM by the know-it-all doctora Ana so she could get her training run in - but alas she forgot her sneakers!!! AHHHHH!
Well, then off to a delicious breakfast.
Then Deena and I went to our meeting with the executive director from WINGS Guatemala. They have done phenomenol things in this country in regards to women's health. It was a privilege to know that they would be willing to meet with us. We learned tons from our meeting and by the end of the day, they already have us set up with a wonderful attorney who will arrange for our NGO status in Guatemala.- They are also arranging for us to meet with the physician who leads the cervical cancer and contraceptive efforts in Guatemala!!
They have 2 employed health promotors that work in the Peten and they will be joining us next week.
Then, Deena and I very, very seriously took to shopping!!! SewHope will have a huge spike in fundraising dollars when the people see the incredibly beautiful things we have bought for the next fundrasier!!! Randy spent the day enjoying Guatemalan coffee in the central square while assisting locals with their English skills. No shopping for him! Then a sumptuous dinner and lots of great conversation...much more to come!
We're leaving in the morning at 4 to get the flight to Flores so off to bed.......
Please keep us in your prayers as we get to the real tasks at hand.
Want you all to know how much each of you mean to us!!
So many wonderful things to share. Best of all is that the container did arrive in Guatemala. As you all know, it contained 200,000 meals for the poorest that we serve. In addition, it had an ultrasound machine and all kinds of medical equipment that we need for our clinic.
Other wonderful news is that Ismael's son, Jessi, will be coming to the United States to attend school at St. John's Jesuit High School. This is a dream that we could have never imagined might have been fulfilled! Ismael and his wife, Orfe, are our project directors in Guatemala. Coming from the poorest themselves, they never stop praying to God to give them opportunities to make this world as it should be.
Their son, Jessi is 15. He is so incredibly motivated and has dreams of being a doctor one day in Guatemala. Again, it is the grace of God that a wonderul family in Toledo knew about our work and they are willing to not only sponsor Jessi financially but they are willing to share their family and their home with him. In a very short time, his passport and visa were approved and it looks like he will be coming here in the next few weeks. Please all pray that this journey will be the fulfillment of a much greater cause than we could imagine.
Also, we give great thanks that Dr. Coral Matus' trip was very fulfilling. Because of the recent unrest in the Peten, Dr. Coral had to change plans and not stay in the Peten last week. She and her family used that time to make wonderful connections for us as we continue this work of God.
Please pray for the next group that will be leaving this Sunday. We will keep you all updated on our blogs while we are there.
Many of you know about Flori. She is doing very poorly physically. Yet, she prays for a miracle and we pray that her story will not go unnoticed in this world. We are working on a project to reduce deaths from cervical cancer in Guatemala and will keep you updated.