Thursday, February 18, 2016

great week with friends

we just said goodbye to some friends who have been visiting for the last week or so.  they brought gifts, smiles, hugs, and love to the rhinos and many more.  here's a few special moments from their trip -  all things that wouldn't otherwise be likely to happen in our little village...




 our friends delivered 7 "widow gifts" to women in the village who are without husbands.  the huge basket included slippers, earrings, a quality knife set, mixer, radio, apron, chocolate treats, candles, and more!  in this picture, a 19 year old man (and former rhino) from BV puts new slippers on his mom's feet.


each of the members of the group brought new sneakers to the boys.  in this pic, alex is posing with isabel, hulises, and darwin, who are all sporting their new Nike Air cross trainers.  do i even need to try to explain how stoked they were?

pictured here is a friend of ours who grew up playing soccer all of her life and is marrying a college soccer coach.  however, nothing compares to playing the sport you love with a young child hidden in the poor, rural guatemalan mountains.





a new home is dedicated to a family who had been sleeping on dirt floors in a tin and cornstalk house.  but what made this home dedication even more special, is the fact that the donor of the home is a man who has fought homelessness himself.




in our village, killing a pig for a bbq represents an enormous cultural celebration, usually only seen at select weddings or parties where someone in the family is from out of town and has the resources.  our friends purchased this 190 lb pig for what was a monster celebration with the rhinos, and likely the biggest (and best!) meal they had ever eaten! 


allan puts earrings in his mother's ears...


if you look closely, you'll see my "home team" logo on one of these boys shirts.  more donations have come into this village from jacksonville over the last 7-8 years than any of us can possibly imagine.  its always cool to look around and notice all of the jaguars, seminoles, or gators on our friends clothes.

4 comments:

Eric Horn said...

This is great to see! Thanks for sharing!

Chad said...

It was an amazing week! Thank you Brock and Kerrie for all you did to make it so special. Add the time with Caesar, worship with the boys, and God's answer to prayers over Pablo and it's a week we'll never forget.

Alex Dunlap said...

Chicharon con pelo!!!!!

Stu said...

Looks like an amazing week indeed. Run hard Run fast Run with a crash!