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Community Development Team 1 - July 2011 - Team recap by Crystal Waller.

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  • 1. 2011 Mission Trip toGuatemalaDay 1 Friday, July 1, 2011 Surgery CenterShalom Surgery Center Our first stop was the recentlyHope for Tomorrow completed Pediatric Surgery Orphanage Center. The center was largely Las Conchas funded by Monroe Caroll (Nashville, TN) and Jennifer Antiqua Nettles, lead singer of the band Sugarland. Maria Jose works at the surgery center. They will soon begin scheduling procedures. It is beautifully decorated and is very serene. There are murals of Noahs ark and animals, flowers, fluttering bumble bees and butterflies, inside and out. This center is an amazing blessing.Day 1 Friday, 07-01-2011 Hope for TomorrowOrphanage, Guatemala City, GuatemalaBreann Hoheimer plays with 9 year old Carols, who hascerebral palsy. Her younger brother, Carlos, was adoptedfrom Guatemala. Just prior to the trip, she found out thather brother lived in the exact same village, Las Conchas,that we were going to build in this week.Carlos took to Breann almost instantly when we arrived atthe orphanage. Guatemala does not allow adoptions fromoutside of Guatemala. Some of the children here arebetween 9-13 years, and unlikely they will be adopted.Unlike most orphanages, Hope for Tomorrow takes careof the children past age 18 if they choose to continue inschool. The home is run by married couple Kenny &Diana Sese, from Kentucky.

2. Day 2 Saturday, 07-02-2011 Miguel HomeL to R - Selvin, ?, Gabby, Dulce and Michele playingon the makeshift teeter totter that the crazy gringogirl made for them.This home will be for Selvin (9) and his sisterMichelle (4), their mother Lucy and father Miguel.Lucy had been doing a lot of witnessing and setappointments with friends and acquaintances for usto visit. She is really on fire for Jesus!Selvin is a very loving child. He loved wearing my sunglasses. Day 3 Sunday, 07-03-2011 Shalom School Family Day Each family took turns shopping for clothing, shoes and toys from the items that our sponsors donated. It was fun getting to help them and see the delight on their faces. This little girl is trying on Ava Wallers pink cowgirl boots. They didnt fit, but eventually we found a sweet little girl who could wear them.Day 5 Tuesday, 07-05-2011 Dani Omar RodriquezDani came to play at the Miguel house, and found Rick Swayze there.He remembered Ricks name and called out to him. Rick told him thatwe were in Las Conchas. He said that Dani said, Donde?!? (Where?)Rick told him we were at the top of the hill and he took off running,about a quarter of a mile, all the way to the top. But we were notthere, we were still at our job site, but he found others who knewwhere we were, and they brought him to us. Seeing him up on theside of the hill, coming to see us, gave me a joy like Ive never felt.Me and George couldnt help but cry out of joy to see him. We hadbeen looking for him every day since we arrived.Raina is in the back ground. Weve played together every year. She isgetting so big. 3. Day 5 Tuesday, 07-05-2011 Dani Omar RodriquezDani would hardly take his eyes off of me for fear that I might walkaway. He kept looking back at me as he inched his way to the front ofthe line for his turn to bat. So I walked up close to him, and told him tohit the ball for me so I could take his picture. And he did!George didnt get to spend time with Dani this day because he had tofinish up at the jobsite then went to evangelize.Day 6 Wednesday, 07-06-2011 Dani Omar RodriquezAt lunch break, George couldnt take it anymore. He hadto go find Dani. So Rudy our friend and interpreter, wholives in Danis neighborhood, knew exactly where helived, and agreed to take us to see him.We met his mother Eudelia, little sister Caterine, and anolder brother Christian. We had met his other brother,Ever on his way to school as we were walking to see Dani.His father, Victor, was at work, so we didnt get to meethim. They invited us into their home, a one room, dirtfloor room with a tin roof and tin walls, held up bywooden poles. It was very neat and clean. Everyone sleptand lived in the one room. To our surprise, our heartsmelted when we saw what was in the middle of theirliving area the photos of us from 2010, and the one wehad given him the day before.We learned that Danis birthday was the next day, hewould be 11. George gave him some little matchbox carsto give him + a pair of sunglasses, just like the ones hehad let Dani wear the year before.To our surprise (and again heart melt), in anticipation thatthey would see us, Dani and Caterine had already madepictures, and written scriptures on them, with our names,to give to us as gifts. There are no words for this kind oflove and joy.Before we left, we all prayed together. They invited us tocome again. I know they really mean it. 4. Day 6 Wednesday, 07-06-2011 Rodriquez FamilyL to R Eudelia, Caterine, Christian, Dani, Me, GeorgeEudelia has twinkling, kind, almond shaped eyes. All of the childrentake after her. So precious! She kept a very watchful eye ofprotection on her Children. I could tell that she loved them deeply.Day 6 Wednesday, 07-06-2011 Jessicas HouseOn Saturday, Lucy had taken us to visit her friend Jessica. She lived on the block behind Dani. Jessica was very sick.She had delivered a baby girl 6 mo. prior, but did not deliver everything. Her abdomen was severely swollen withinfection. She had already been in the hospital 22 days, and had 2 ablations surgeries to no avail. She had nofinancial resources, or means to get medical help. She was hopeless. We witnessed to her and her boyfriend. I couldsee in her eyes that she was in despair when we left.For days, I couldnt stop thinking about her. The Holy Spirit keep reminding me of scripture in Luke 8 about thewomen who bled for 12 years. As Jesus was walking through a crowd of people, she reached out and touched thehem of Jesus clothes and was healed by faith. Jesus stopped and said, Who touched me? . . . I know someonetouched me because I felt power leave my body!!!. Finally, I understood that message was meant for Jessica.So George, Rudy and I returned to visit again. This time, I asked her to get her bible. She and Rudy read in Spanish,while I read aloud. I told her that God wanted her to hear that message. I asked her if she believed that Jesus hadthat kind of power. She did. I told her, that Jesus, is her Jesus. And together, we called on him and prayed in thespirit. Through tears, and wonder we prayed and prayed. The Holy Spirit was in that place and doing a mighty work.It was an amazing experience of Gods presence. 5. Day 7 Thursday, 07-07-2011 Antiqua Rest Day YAY. We went to Antiqua for the day. Had fun at the coffee plantation (best coffee in the WORLD) and swung through the trees like monkeys on the zip line. Then we went into the city. This year, George and I took a walking tour to see some of the ancient architecture. It was so cool!In 2010, there was an old man, perhaps an angel, about 80+years, sitting here reading an English Bible. He askedGeorge to help him read and conjugate Proverbs 15:24,The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep himfrom going down to the grave. The man told George thatthe scripture was mui importante.This year, the morning before we left for Antiqua, Georgegave a devotional, and told this story of how God spokethrough that old man to him. In 2010, the day before hemet the old man, George accepted Christ as his savior.Indeed the scripture was very important. It was a messagehe will never forget. 6. Day 8 Friday, 07-08-2011 My Peeps Dani and Jessica. Jessica had been my shadow all week. Shes 9 or 10. Ive played with her every year, and she remembered me. We bonded this year. On Sunday, she was at Shalom Church. She came and sat in my lap through service. Toward the end, she had gotten up and left. Then when service was over, she came and placed a tiny note in to my hand, gave me a serious look, then left. I couldnt read the note because it was in Spanish. But I was desperate to know what it said. So as soon as I could, I asked an interpreter to help me read it. It said, We have no home. We have no lot. Please call me tonight + her phone #.She knew we were there to build houses for other people, and reached out to us for help. My heart burst. I couldnt call her as I had no way to do so at that time. I went and talked to George, Bob and Rick and explained the note. We determined to go find out the situation. On Wendesday, we had stopped by her house andtalked with her father, Carlos. He is 61 years old. HisJessica had made a plaster ornament at wife, Jessicas mother, worked part time at a textileschool the day George and I were working factory. And she had a brother about her age. Theyat the school. On our last day, she gave it to lived in a borrowed home. A cinderblock, one room,me as a gift, with the sweetest little face. structure with dirt floor. We could make noShe was very upset and cried because I had promises to build for them, but let them know ofto go. But I told her that more gringos the micro-financing program that Shalom was working on in hopes that they could purchase theirwere coming the next day, and that there home using the program.would be people to play with her and makenew friends. That seemed to cheer her up.Jessica sat quietly in the background, watched and listened to what we were discussing. She seemed to understand and hugged us good-bye. But I could tell she had hoped for more. 7. Day 8 Friday, 07-08-2011 Carmen HouseIdea Carmen Celebrating her new home andholding up a picture of our team. A single motherof 3 daughters, she did not know until a weekbefore our arrival that she would be getting ahome. Her current home is in the background.We had fun working on her house on Day 4. Itwas really off the beaten path, but in a new areafor evangelism opportunity.She was full of life and very spunky, and quite thejokester. Whenever we wanted to take a pictureshe would yell, Whisky and make everyonelaugh. Turn