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December 17th: A New Christmas Tradition??

Every year, the Mano con Mano staff Christmas celebration is held at the feeding center. In other words the same place that they work at all year long. This year, we thought we’d try something new…have our party at el Parque Ecologico Florencia.

This park is a popular location for families and organizations to plan [...]

December 16th: ¡Feliz Navidad el Yalú!

In the past, church teams from the US or local organizations have helped Mano con Mano with their annual Christmas party. We were informed a while back that we would not have the same support this year. What to do? (Besides panic!)

We went to our local church (Los Olivos) and asked for help. The [...]

December 16th: Pictures Of You…

Since our arrival in late April, we’ve taken hundreds of photos. We thought it would be a good idea to laminate and post some of them in different areas of the feeding center so the kids could look at them and remember some of the fun times throughout the year. (Most of the families in [...]

The Treasure Principle: Discovering the Secret of Joyful Giving by Randy Alcorn

“You can’t take it with you – but you can send it on ahead.”

Using this as one of the main principles in his book, author Randy Alcorn goes on to share several more nuggets to challenge us on how we spend our money. Here are a couple of examples:

God owns everything; I am [...]

December 14th: It’s Beginning To Look Alot Like Christmas Part 3

We’re working like mad. Just like Santa’s elves! Us AND the staff! So when you are greeted by a cute kid like this with a just as cute t-shirt, it lifts up your spirits and keeps you going!

Today was the final pre-natal clinic for expectant and new moms in the village. Which means [...]

FYI: What On Earth Am I Here For?

One of THE most influential books written about Christianity in the past 10 years is The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. By 2007, in just five years, over 30 million copies were sold. The book offers readers a 40-day personal spiritual journey and presents what Warren says are God’s five purposes for human life [...]

December 12th: It’s Beginning To Look Alot Like Christmas Part 2

The novelty of having a Christmas tree just won’t wear off. It’s been amazing to see how the kids want to see the tree and especially when the flashing lights are turned on.

Today was Nativity Pelicula (Movie) Day. We decided to show a short 25 minute animated movie about Jesus’ birth to those [...]

December 11th: Who Let The Dog In…

Lately, it’s been bomba time in Guatemala. Fireworks at all times – morning, noon, night (at ANY hour) – for any occasion. We have gotten used to it…but not our dogs…NOT Chispa and Boston!

We returned home from church service this evening to a fireworks display that would rival anything we’ve seen in Canada. At [...]

December 7th: El Día del Diablo???

December 7th is a significant day for many people around the world.

For example, in 1941 the Japanese attached the US (Pearl Harbor), forcing the Americans to join World War II.

In Guatemala, December 7th is known as the Day of the Devil, a festive celebration that helps ring in [...]

December 5th: Remembering Irma

We returned to work this morning to hear the sad news that the neighbors to the feeding center lost their 4 year old daughter Friday evening.

Apparently, the child was sick for close to a month, but the mother did not want to seek medical attention, even though we have a doctor on staff 3 [...]