(A Sad) Update on Daniel

A friend in Guatemala visited Daniel a few weeks ago, and her report was not good. Daniel is living with his biological mom in very poor conditions. It sounds like he has no where to bathe. His family can’t afford to send him with a snack to school. He has no help with his homework. […]

An Update on Guatemala

Our last trip to visit Daniel was November of last year (2011). Since then, we’ve had precious few updates on how he’s doing now that he’s living with his family and going to school in his hometown. A month or so ago, we received word that he was living with his mom (rather than the […]

The Dump and a Field Trip–Final Day in Guate

This morning we had a new and interesting experience: we went to the dump.  The big dump in the middle of the city is a pseudo-city that supports 11,000 people and is the size of twenty seven football fields.  Our wonderful friend, Berta, now works for a ministry that serves the dump scavengers.  Her ministry, […]

Baby A in Guatemala

Today was our day to relax and let my parents be tourists.  We took a break from Casa Bernabe and spent some time in Antigua.  Later, we stopped by to see the other child we sponsor, a girl named Alejandra who lives in a place called New Life Children’s Home. Because we were able to […]

Why every Christian is called to rescue orphans

Roxy Bertsch, a good friend from church and InterVarsity, sent us this article from the latest issue of Christianity Today. I loved the paragraph where the author addressed his fear of not being able to love an adopted child: “I was at first reluctant to adopt, because I assumed an adopted child would always be […]

Pretzels and Prayer (by Rachael)

Even though this has been a relatively “easy” and relaxed week compared to some of our other trips, I’m exhausted. Thankfully, this morning was somewhat restorative.  We went to one of the bigger churches here in Guatemala City, Casa de Dios.  And when I say “bigger,” I don’t mean 1,000 people.  I mean 25,000.  We […]