Fidel is a 31-year-old man who lives in San Pedro Las Huertas, Guatemala. Fidel lived in an institution specifically for children with disabilities for most of his life up until 5 years ago when he moved into the home of Pat Duff who began the ministry called Reason to Hope. Pat has welcomed 4 young men with complex disabilities who use wheelchairs for mobility into her home. Fidel is the leader and the oldest of these men and has begun a business collecting recycling materials from homes around his community for money. Fidel has cerebral palsy that effects his use of his hands as well as making speech difficult. His neighbors are not able to understand his speech, which makes his business difficult in the community. GOT Ministries was able to partner with Andrew Lewis and provide a state of the art communication device for Fidel. Andrew provided valuable services while in Guatemala at the end of February, to mount the communication device and a mouse pad onto Fidel’s wheelchair, as well as teach Fidel how to use this amazing resource. Fidel, because of his limited use of his hands, excels with the use of his toes and feet for everything he does, including accessing his laptop computer and cell phone. Andrew and Megan mounted a mouse pad onto his foot rest so that he could navigate the options on the communication device screen with the use of his toes! Now Fidel is able to use the communication device to tell a girl he likes that she is pretty, to ask for recycling from neighbors to continue running his business, and expand verbal vocabulary to truly share his vast intelligence and knowledge with others. We are thankful for the donation of Fidel’s communication device and the support of individuals to financially make this trip possible for Andrew to serve Fidel.
Why do we work? What is its value?
How does it give us purpose in our families, community, and personal lives?
Work occurs inside the home and outside the home, some earn money and some do not for their hard work. All work is purposeful, valuable and is needed to keep the world moving forward.
We are teaching 5 typical Mayan community jobs to our kiddos with special needs we serve.
WORKING IN THE FIELDS
SWEEPING AND MOPPING
We love our kiddos and want to support them to achieve their potential in life. Admeth, our Doctorate Occupational Therapy student is creating the job skills program that includes one weekly job skills workshop, and an individual visit with each child to support their success even further. Check out our newsletter for more pictures and stories.
Love is a funny thing and it is demonstrated and shared differently depending on what country we are from. With Valentine's Day this week, or Dia de Carino as they call it here in Guatemala, I felt like it is an appropriate topic. Carino in Spanish means: affection, dear one, care and caress..... What a beautiful word that expands beyond a wife or boyfriend relationship. Care for others.....Let's make a difference by caring and showing kindred affection for others.
My student and I have discussed LOVE multiple times since our arrival a week and half ago; we discussed the need for loving on these amazing children we serve. We are serving a need, a functional need, and a need that deserves addressing- the achievement of potential and independence through therapy services. However, one of my more important purposes while we are here is to be a presence of love, to be a source of unconditional joy and love for these sweet, sweet children of our Lord.
The children we serve have many sad stories; most have been abused both physically and/or sexually, some have lost their parents to extortion and murder, most are seen to have no value or purpose in life, and all are trying to find their value in the people around them. We all do this I think, try to find our value through what is spoken over us and how we are perceived by our families and communities. This is not right, we need to be seeking our value through the abundant and generous and gracious Lord. We are all His creation and loved by Him. For most of us, this is a hard discipline and we need amazing people in our lives to teach us how to receive love and to love others. Love prevails, it always does and always will. GOT Ministries was created to be the people who teach love and joy and acceptance; we can do this through this beautiful thing called occupational therapy.
We are here, in Guatemala, for these three purposes: TO LOVE THESE CHILDREN, TO SEE THESE CHILDREN THROUGH GOD'S EYES, AND TO BE A POSITIVE, ENCOURAGING, AND EMPOWERING PRESENCE FOR EACH CHILD AND THEIR FAMILIES.
Thank you for your love for us and your love for those we serve. We couldn't do this without you!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY or FELIZ DIA DE CARINO!!!
It is hard to explain how beautifully the Lord works during our time in Guatemala. We have been to the school only twice so far and WOW! We received the most graceful, grateful, joyful welcome from the kiddos and faculty alike. To be welcomed here is such a privilege and such a blessing. We have worked hard to be a part of the community and serve the people in ways they desire and need. After 6 years of continued prayer, relationship building, and God's provision, we have become a part of the New Life team and the community of Santa Maria de Jesus.
We were welcomed before we even arrived at the school! Damaris is a beautiful child of God who we have had the pleasure of working with since Megan's first trip. On our way to school the first day up the mountain, Damaris saw us in the streets of Santa Maria outside of the market. She came to us with the biggest most amazing smile, full of joy, and of course the warmest of hugs. It is such a blessing to be here; it is OVERWHELMING. Melanie also got to experience the outpouring of love these children share from their abundance the Lord offers them. The little girls of the school were so excited to touch her face, love on her, and know more about her!
It is so strange how we come with the desire to love and serve these children, but in reality, God pours out His love for us through them more than we can imagine! We have 5 children on our outpatient schedule already-the parents have been showing up at our door asking for therapy for their kiddos wanting to get on our schedules!
What a blessing to be a part of this amazing community of God's people. Our God is so good, so faithful, and so OVERWHELMING with his love.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” - Revelations 3:20
We are not Jesus, but we desire to be Jesus' hands and feet every day. We came to Guatemala waiting for an opportunity to serve. The Guatemalan people are opening the door, giving us the beautiful opportunity to sit and eat with them. Through this, we can love and serve the people of Santa Maria by providing therapy services.
Thank you to our partners for supporting us in the GIFT that is GOT Ministries.