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August 2019

In the past, I often wondered how my friends in the Ixcán could have survived so many hardships and surmounted incredible obstacles without some of the resources that we take for granted here in the US; resources like: professional counseling, spiritual direction, area social services, 9-1-1 emergency assistance, abused adult centers, support groups, quality health care professionals and facilities, food pantries, etc. Through the years, they have told me how they did it and still do it; like what Francisca Ordonez shared a few months ago.

Forty-five-year-old, Francisca, recently joined our luchadora (fighter) women’s group. The six women in the group have some things in common - they’ve been abandoned by the fathers of their children, they are very poor, and they fight to survive. Every two weeks, they meet in the mission house; to listen, to pray, and to support each other. (Ixcán Ministries provides them with basic necessities: corn, wood for cooking, emergency medical care, in exchange for some service they will do for others.) In the meeting, the women are invited to share something about their lives. Attending the group for the first time, Francisca shared this story…

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August 2019

In the past, I often wondered how my friends in the Ixcán could have survived so many hardships and surmounted incredible obstacles without some of the resources that we take for granted here in the US; resources like: professional counseling, spiritual direction, area social services, 9-1-1 emergency assistance, abused adult centers, support groups, quality health care professionals and facilities, food pantries, etc.

June 2019

I am thinking about water. In the United States potable water flows with just a twist of the hand and wrist from spickets, faucets and hoses. Dishes are cleaned, clothes are laundered, grass and flowers are refreshed, bodies are cleansed, thirst is quenched - due to precious water that comes instantly and without much effort... here.
In Guatemala, that isn't the case.

May 2019

Dear Friends,
During a recent visit in the home of Petronila Baten, I watched her: peel a banana, rise from a chair, pick up a rag and wipe the table, grab a broom and sweep a portion of the cement patio floor where we sat. We do these simple acts without thinking twice. But, two weeks ago, Petronila wasn’t able to do any of them. Only twenty-seven years old, Petronila suffers with crippling Rheumatoid Arthritis.