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Saturday, November 23, 2013


The last 7 weeks we spent in Guatemala was a really hard time for me. I had a  fever of 103 within 2 days after we got in the country. Then after I got back on my feet but was still not fully recovered, my husband got a bad case of parasites and for 2 weeks I had extra chores to do as I took on some of his. Then I was sick again with stomach issues.
Add to this homeschooling of 5 kids . managing all the existing programs, doing all the paperwork and hiring that is needed for a new orphanage and training the wife of the couple who was going to take our place and you can see why I was running faster than I was able. Oh did I mention that said husband and I did not agree on a single decision.
One day I went to Casa de Sion to supervise the mama/tot program there. I was still sickly and tired and not excited about going. Usually I am. So I said a prayer on the way there asking Heavenly Father to let me know He was still involved with us and still there for me.
A woman was waiting for me with her baby wrapped up tight on her back and her toddler clinging to her hand. She said she needed my help. I thought to myself. "Yeah you and everyone else." Not my most spiritual moment. But I asked her what I could do. She told me the baby needed help. So I took him and unwrapped him and laid him on our change table to assess for myself his challenges. He was hydrocephalic. The pictures do not do a good job of showing how swollen beyond normal his head is. I asked about doctors and yes he is being seen by Doctor Peter. He had a shunt. She, the mom, wanted formula as he needed more nourishment. That was arranged. But the miraculous part of all this was that while I was talking to her, this magnificent light and spirit was shining off the babies' head and his shy little smile was like seeing the face of Christ. My prayers were answered. Heavenly Father is still right there with us and I am still being blessed by the service I render to the Mayan little ones even when I am at a low point.
Want to lift your spirits. You could be his sponsor.


Thursday, November 21, 2013


 A month ago I visited the community of Tocayche situated among the Highland Mayans of Guatemala. I was there to check out our community feeding program and to interview kids who can not go to school next year without financial help.
I found the feeding program doing well. Several dedicated mamas were doing the cooking for the 90 some people who show up for a nutritious nutrient supplemented lunch.
I was saddened by the middle school sponsorships. Saddened because the four kids we interviewed want to go to 7th grade so bad and their 3 mamas are doing all they can to get them there. They are the same mamas who come in and cook the lunch for the kids. None of these mamas had any education. Nothing. So hard to believe that in this day and age I can interview 3 women and none of then had even a kindergarten education. No wonder they want it so bad for their kids. So here are the kids

 Angel: 13. Has 3 younger sibs. His dad makes about $20.00 a week working in the fields.
He wants to be an agronomist.
 Rosalia : 12
Has 4 sibs.
Dad works in fields and makes about $20.00 a week.
She wants to be a teacher.

This next child is Adolfo. He is 11. He is the brother of Angel with 3 sibs and a dad making only $20.00 a week. He wants to be a teacher.

Now to Julio. He is 13 with 4 sibs. Same story with his dad and money. He wants to be an engineer.

The last child is Tony. He is my 11 year old adopted son. He does not worry about school. He knows he is expected to go to University and he knows we will provide the money for it. He wants to be an engineer.

What a difference where you are born can make.

The Mayan kids of Guatemala have to pay about $350.00 to go to middle school. Per year. $20 a week doesn't even buy food much less education.

We have a new website developed to help the 100 kids coming to us hoping we can get them the scholarships they need to continue.


you can write me too if interested  20.vicki@gmail.com