Posts made in November, 2015

Guatemala Reflections: My Life in Monjas (part 2)

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Guatemala Reflections: My Life in Monjas (part 2)

Author: David Watts, Agua Viva Volunteer and Benefactor Sunday: We drove the winding mountain roads to “Shadow of His Wings” Orphanage, a rural compound housing some 70 kids in Monjas, Guatemala.  Shadow’s houses are grouped in a horseshoe each with 10 to 12 kids and house parents.  The Shadow project has its own school and it is better than the local public school as proof by their large enrollment of town kids. Food at the orphanage is prepared in a central kitchen and 4 children from each house take turns hauling their meals back to their house.  This is about a ¼ mile path that is under...

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Guatemala Reflections: My Life in Monjas (part 1)

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Guatemala Reflections: My Life in Monjas (part 1)

Author: David Watts, Agua Viva Volunteer and Benefactor If someone offered you the chance to avoid having intestinal worms I bet you would take it.  That is the reality of the work we (Agua Viva) did in Monjas, Guatemala, a small rural community East of Guatemala City. It is a comfort to know the work we did and the clean water system installed is just beginning to have an impact.  The system will produce pure water that is free of parasites, contaminates, disease, and “floaty stuff”.  It will allow the children at the “Shadow of his Wings” Orphanage (“SOHWO”) and people in the community to...

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Guatemala Trip Report (numero tres)

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Guatemala Trip Report (numero tres)

Author: Jared Orr, Agua Viva International Volunteer Midway through the week, we had the privilege of taking non-perishable food items to some of the poorest of the poor in Monjas. It was heart breaking seeing the state in which some of these people lived, yet we saw God in the midst of our evening. We first visited a mother and her seven children, one of which was bed-ridden with what they believed to be a serious mosquito-born virus called Chikungunya. Who knows if he will be alive a year from now apart from God’s intervention. We were told that this mother was usually drunk in the...

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Guatemala Trip Report (part dos)

Posted by on Nov 14, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Author: Jared Orr, Agua Viva International Volunteer The main reason that my team traveled to SOHW was to install a water purification system. Up until this point, they have been using a rudimentary filtration that did not remove nearly enough bacteria and parasites from the water. After we left, their water was cleaner than the pure water that they could purchase. No more bloated stomachs. No more constant diarrhea. No more parasites causing malnutrition. As of November 12th, the children and staff of this project are being given healthy drinking water, thanks to the hard work of Dale,...

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Guatemala Trip Report (part 1)

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Author: Jared Orr, Agua Viva International Volunteer I made it back from Guatemala after a jam-packed week of labor and ministry, and the purpose of this writing is to encourage you in the Lord. I want to explain how the trip went from my perspective… as well as show you the greatness of our God. I traveled with five other gentlemen (under the organization Agua Viva International) to the Shadow of His Wings Orphanage in Monjas, which is about 3-4 hours east of Guatemala City via pot-hole-riddled road. First of all, let me just say that this country is beautiful. The forests and mountains are...

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