Posted by Dan
Most of the people we came in contact with while in Guatemala were very poor. A lot of their homes were in such poor condition that we in the states would probably tear them down because of not meeting insurance standards, or simply being eye sores. Although this was the case, people were not complaining about their circumstances. We fail to thank God for simple things like having a place to go to the bathroom, or being able to get a clean glass of water. We should be constantly quoting and living by 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.”
The people we came in contact with showed a lot of gratitude towards us for helping them. Some felt they needed to give or share gifts with us. That was very touching. They were different then people here at home. I’m not sure how Pastor Juan got in contact with some of them, but it didn’t seem like they were looking for a handout. People here seem to think they are entitled to receive help, and many don’t want to do anything to assist themselves.
Family seems to be an important part of many of their lives. Although MANY of the men are not in the picture, mothers make sacrifices for their children. Children help their siblings to receive a good education by giving up their own. When we were doing the wheelchair distribution, there were a lot of family members there to assist loved ones.
God was able to use the people in Guatemala to leave an impression on my heart of thanksgiving, even when it may seem like ordinary day to day things.