Father’s Day is now several weeks behind us but I remain inspired and encouraged by the simple events that brought me my biggest ‘aha’ moment in awhile. I will share some of these events so you can get a picture of what I am talking about.
A story lies behind every painting; a tale told by the artist through the colors and shapes he carefully fashions. Time, passion, light; all must somehow converge onto one canvas and bring understanding to the viewer. This is what the painting of La Anchura does.
Guatemalan society is accustomed to violence. With one of the highest violent crime rates in Central America, the possibility of being a victim is not unlikely. This fact can be attributed to multiple reasons. The thirty year civil war was a major factor, and had a devastating effect on the social fabric of communities. The prolonged conflict destroyed the social structure and accustomed generations to violence. The end of the war in the mid-nineties brought to a close much of the violence in Guatemala.
Once upon a time, when your grandfather was just a boy, and before the world became as it is today, this story is told. There once lived, far away in hot country, where the forests are very thick and dark, and the rivers very swift and strong, a small band of intrepid explorers. Who braved great difficulties and greater fears in an effort to…
We just came through the time of year when we celebrated the coming of the Christ-child and I was reminded again of His name, Emmanuel, which means the God who is with us. He has been with us and we trust Him to guide us through this New Year and continue to be with us, even until the end of the age. He promised to be in Matthew 28:20! It is truly hard to believe the reality of everything that has transpired in my life in the last 6 months. I am amazed and humbled how God has literally led us; Seemingly opening one door after another and showing us the way. He has given us a profound peace, undoubted protection and renewed purpose! A new year has dawned and with it a new era for the work in El Chal.
As we look over the past year, we can't believe how God has blessed us. Through the people who we have been in contact with, those who have helped us with projects and those who have helped us financially. We wouldn't be able to be at the place where we are today. We are so thankful for where God has brought us.