|Hijas del Rey (Daughters of the King) Home|
San Pedro Panorama, Antigua, Guatemala
|We spent a lot of time bargain hunting for furniture, and|
we able to even find "delivery service" to Antigua.
|Petronila and her family on their first visit to the home.|
There are few job opportunities for her in Santa Maria and she was looking to "spread her wings" and hopefully find a job. What beautiful wings they have proven to be. She is very interested in hair dressing and fashion, and one of the local schools offers training in this. It just so happens that a non-profit we are partnering with, DIGNA, provides job training for individuals with special needs through this same school. We hope that in the future we can work something out so she can study there. We realize there will need to be physical modifications, but after watching "Petris" live with us I don't believe they will stop her.
|We really need to get a swing at the home.|
This is one of Griselda's favorite pastimes.
|The group that went to lunch to welcome Deborah. |
Our friend, Mark, is the one with the (grey) beard.
|Debora with her son Luis|
|Doña Mari, Noe and Luis|
|Debora with Paquita, the teacher of the deaf at New Life|
Paquita teased me that she saw me sign more in one day
than she had in weeks at the school.
The most touching experience with Debora was after she went to church with me the first Sunday. Though we have less than 200 members in our church, we have a lady who is a sign interpreter who comes out from Guatemala City each week. She is only too happy to translate the service for Debora and a deaf couple in our congregation. After the service that week, Debora was beaming. She shared with me that this was the first time in her life that she really understood what was happening in church and she was so very excited to be included.
God is teaching me much about the healing power of Christian community as I watch Debora slowly heal and come back to her old self. While she misses her son terribly, she is recovering her sense of identity and knows she is valued by us and her Creator.