“Don’t ask whether you can do something!”
Today I heard an intriguing comment. We should never ask whether we can do something difficult or perhaps perceived as impossible. We should ask “HOW can we do it? It really changes the scenario, doesn’t it?
I’m sitting here this Sunday evening in Ismael’s house in Guatemala watching the “Transformer” movie with the Santos family (the family you all built the house for this year)! Their 10 year old daughter Roxanne is sitting by my side holding on to me. Oh if we could all love each other like this! Why do we have to grow up?? She follows me around, giving me kisses and hugs. She tells me her little dreams for her life– to have a puppy, to work with us when she grows up – maybe both will come true....
I think of the day we first met their family. Everything seemed so desperate….so hopeless. Instead of asking how could I do something, I asked myself if anything could be done. Fortunately, Ismael thought differently. He approached me and asked if we could raise funds for this family and he would get a house built for them. And in 2 days, you all responded!
Here we are are a few months later. They have a beautiful little “casasita”. The mom grows vegetables and fruit in her back yard. Her laundry business is growing. They now come to “church”. Church is a large group of people who come to Ismael’s backyard on Sundays to sing, praise God and study the word of God for our lives. Afterward, Orfe prepares little refreshments and everyone gets to be together. Hanssel, Ismael’s son has such a big heart. He thought it would be nice to have a “movie night” for the Santos family so here we sit with popcorn and ice cream. Life doesn’t get much better than this!
Running in Guatemala
I used to think I couldn’t spend extended time in Guate because I’d miss running too much. I used to think it would be too dangerous and there were too many cars and it was surely too hot!
You may recall that we had our “Carrera” (race for cervical cancer prevention) here in the Peten a few months ago. It was the first race I ever heard of here in the Peten. Since then, there is now a Carrera here every couple of weeks! The “first” Carrera for this and the “first” for that. It’s unbelievable! There have been so many unforeseen blessings from the work we do here – that is just one of them. Now there are lots of runners out in the mornings. The weather is a little cooler and there is plenty of room by the side of the road. I’m not usually a morning runner but running along here with the wide open space and seeing the sun rise is one of the most beautiful, peaceful ways to feel the presence of God. It is a blessing I never expected here.
This morning was my weekly “long run” – an unfortunate and painful part of preparing for a marathon! It’s one of those things that makes you wonder why you’re doing this! But this morning as I ran along, MUCHOS personas recognized me and honked and waved from their car. One little girl leaned out the window waving frantically!!! It surely made the run a whole lot less painful!
Yes, we work hard all week but today was an especially restful and peaceful Sunday. I often wonder why people ask me why I do this work. It’s not work…. It’s an outpouring of love all around that surely makes this world feel like heaven here on earth.