I couldn’t wait to get back to Chuluc this morning. Wide awake at 5:30am! Breakfast at Hotel Euro Maya with the team, then loaded in the vans at 8:30am. Arrived in Chuluc right before 10am but there were no Madres! We had hoped to distribute vitamins to the families but again, flexibility was key. We found out after a short bit that it was Wednesday and it was “market day” and that many of the Moms were in town selling things to make money for their families. It was okay…we still had time! The children were in school and after about 30 minutes, we were able to begin the days activities.
Our VBS team made Cross Sun Catchers with the children and they had a coloring sheet. Girls first, then boys. Well-organized and run and the kids loved their crafts. They couldn’t wait to come out of the classrooms to show us their treasures.
Some of the Madres y Aubelas did end up coming to the village and I was so excited to see them! We got their family name, children’s names and ages and then gave them a one month supply of vitamins for each child. They were so grateful and it was a joy to be able to communicate with them. Dayana was so helpful in the spelling of their names and in giving me the phrases that I needed to learn to say. Not only was I able to get the information that I needed, I think it helped to make them more comfortable that I could sorta kinda communicate with them.
The construction team has been amazing. For sure the most physical work involved in their task. The sun has been hot and the work great. But walls are up! Awesome!!
Another lunch was provided by Vickie and her team. The kids lined up well and were eager for another great meal. Crunchy Taco Helper, Apples, Oreos and Soda. How they love Mirinda! (orange soda)
In the afternoon a visit was paid to a woman suffering with horrible arthritis. She was taken Aleve, Tylenol and ointments with clear instructions translated by Jorge as to how to use them. Another group went to visit the construction site. And yet another group went to talk to families about our church providing the funds for their children to attend school.
One of the most blessed things I personally saw today was when Jan fit Mr. Martinez with a Pocket Talker. For only $80.00 he is now able to hear when someone speaks into the attached microphone. The gratitude that he and his wife felt was evident by the huge smiles on their face. We were also able to give Mrs. Martinez a good supply of Tylenol to help with her head pain. We were so glad when Jorge returned to the school to help us with translation!
When some of the children came back after school, we did a fun puzzle sheet and coloring sheets that were related to wellness and hygiene. Samuel was so helpful in explaining the puzzle sheet to the children. Mrs. D was in teacher-mode and was fabulous while I took care of some more of the women who came for vitamins.
Another wonderful day! We said adios to our friends and looked forward to our next and final day in Chuluc.
Modern technology allowed us Skype (Facetime) with our church back home in Alabama. How awesome was it to be able to share with our church family some of the things that were happening ~while~ we were in Guatemala. It was a great night together and so thankful that Robby and Rob thought to do that!
That evening, we had a table full of our group stuffing about 600 Easter Eggs with candy for the Easter Egg Hunt the next day. It was fun and while doing this we were able to discuss our day. Wonderful stories told by many. We’re changing. You can feel it. See it!