S: Paradise Bound Ministries - Doing whatever it takes
FC: Paradise Bound Ministries Chimaltenango Guatemala January 31, 2011 - February 7, 2011
1: Did we loose anyone in customs?
2: The mens bunks | Common room | Home base
3: Home Base Our home and base of operations for the next seven days.
4: The forest in the morning surrounding the base | The mornings were cool and damp.
6: Our first build day Our day started at 5:30 a.m. with lots of excitement
7: Traveling through the city on our way to Chuaquenun Village where we'll be building the homes. Gas really was $30.00 per gallon hence the armed guard. No pump and run here.
8: Traveling through the edges of the city on our way to the village.
10: A few pictures of the countryside.
11: Pictures of Lake Atitlan. Lake Atitlan is rated as one of the the most beautiful lakes in the world.
12: A picture of part of Chuaquenun Village. Paradise Bound has built many homes in this village but many original homes remain.
13: A few of the rogue chickens. Our lunch of beans and rice. | A mother doing laundry with her helpers. Kids checking out the commotion
16: Sue talking with the village school teacher. The kids loved getting their pictures taken, especially with Pastor Tim.
17: No matter what time of the day there are always kids.
18: Outdoor pantry and shower. | Mom preparing dinner. | Sink for washing and doing dishes.
19: A view from inside one of the existing homes. The entire family slept and lived in this building. This family is fortunate, they had a brick home with a bed and electricity.
20: This family had seven members. The two green buildings are part of their home. The building to the left housed their food, stove, and supplies. The building to the back is where they all slept.
21: Top Left: Sue and Michael working on the doorway. Top Right: The studs have been installed and getting ready for sheetrock and cement board. Always a crowd of curious onlookers. Bottom Left: Bryan's little helper.
22: Michael doing a little referring. The boys were very curious as to what Erin was doing.
23: Getting close to finishing the drywall. We may have just sheetrocked ourselves in :) | The first sheet of drywall going in. The family Dad watching intensely.
24: Erin and Bryan working on the window. Michael and Sue helping secure the drywall to the studs.
25: The last of the sheets being installed and secured.
27: All hands on deck for taping and mudding. Many hands make light work.
28: Even the neighbor boys got in on the sanding action.
29: Everyone pitched in.
30: Our sanding helpers came back the following day to "help" paint. It was a great day Lots laughing and giggling.
32: The boys adding a second coat for good measure.
34: The insides of the homes are uniquely decorated for each family. | Erin helping the kids decorate their home.
36: The entire team came together to help stucco the exterior of the homes. It's a fun and messy process.
40: After the exterior is completed the roof steel and porch roof are installed. | A little on-the-spot engineering was required to level the patio framework.
41: Bruce and Hermano Jesús installing the patio framework. Bryan and Dan finishing up the roof steel installation.
42: Team Members Left to Right: Harley Swainston, Mike Tubergan, Josh Beltman, Sue Beltman, Scott Swainston.
43: Team Members Left to Right: Dan Veltman, Dustin Vanden Hull, Bryan Krommendyk, Sue Krommendyk, and Michael Krommendyk
44: Team Members Left to Right: Bruce Holstege, Julie Harsevoort, Beth VanHaitsma, Scott VanHaitsma, and Tim Rotman (missing from photo).
45: Beth and Harley handing out hair supplies to the girls. The boys are always near the construction. Willing and ready to lend a hand.
46: A before and after.
47: After the homes are built they are dedicated to the families. The families are presented gifts and a message of salvation is given. One message is given to the children and a second to the parents. During dedication the team that built the home will be inside while the remaining team members encircling the home prayer for the home, the family, and the village.
48: During the dedication, gifts are presented to both the children and adults. After the gifts have been presented, Dan and Hermano Jesús present the gospel to the family. All the families that we built homes for excepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
50: During the dedication of Mike's home he washed the feet of the home owner. Mike washed his feet and presented him with a new pair of shoes.
52: After the homes are dedicated there is a fiesta with the kids. The fiesta started with singing with Hermano Jesús followed by a candy filled piñata.
53: A couple of the boys volunteered to climb the tree to help hoist the piñata. The kids were beyond excited to get to the piñata.
54: All the kids from village came to the piñata. They were so excited for the candy. They were giddy with excitement.
55: The boys were happy just to watch...until the candy flew :) A cloud of dust engulfed the fiesta after the piñata broke. Seeing all the smiling, laughing children diving for candy was a perfect way to end our visit.
56: Getting ready for group devotions. | In our group devotions we had the opportunity to share our God Sightings. Parts during our day when we saw God at work.
57: Preparing for our first medical clinic day. Creating med packets, gift packets and lunch
59: The first clinic day we went to El Platanar IXHUTAN Santa Rosa. | The clinic was held at a local country school.
60: Getting the clinic setup and ready to go.
61: We took turns filling out medication orders. Erin explained what the medications were and how to use them.
63: Those who didn't work in the clinic got to spend time playing with the kids and interacting with the adults.
65: Dan and Sue were a big hit among the girls.
66: A mom making sure her family looked their best before they get treated. | Julie and Pastor Tim playing with the kids.
67: Kids loved the candy and toys
68: Bryan doing a little fingernail painting - Mike holding one of the little ones.
69: Dan doing some painting of his own - Josh helping out by doing some babysitting.
71: After everyone has been medically treated, the Jesus film is presented followed by a message by Hermano Jesús. The Lord was with us that night. A large number of the villagers gave their lives to Christ that evening.
73: Our second medical clinic village was Caman Chicaman. It's located in the Patzun area. This was a long drive, three hours from the base.
74: The village was very remote and difficult to reach. | : This village was in great need. It was a very sick village even though everyone looked very healthy.
75: The medical clinic was very busy. Those of us who didn't work in the clinic played soccer, frisby, and other games with the kids.
77: Pastor Tim and Julie stayed very busy playing with kids. You could hear all kinds of laughter from the other room.
79: Our day in Antigua
80: Having lunch at Pollo Campero
81: Shopping in the outer market | Shopping in the inner market
83: Shopping in the old market