diary from the journey: tuesday

GuateTeam 2012. Xela, Guatemala. 7 February 2012. Pequeno Refugio.

“Hasta luego? No, hasta PRONTO!”

Today was filled with a whole lot of laughter and big tears as we wrapped up our time at Pequeno Refugio. Your prayers were answered BIG TIME today for our team. Our two teachers, Christie and Amy, taught English to students eager to learn shapes, numbers, colors, and more.

Our powerful men literally chiseled a door out of a concrete wall.

A workshop that hadn’t been touched since the founder of the orphanage passed away was transformed into a beautiful place where new projects can have a home. Work was started on a flower bed that will greet those who visit.

And the pantry and refrigerator are stocked again with good food for the sweet kids.

And when the projects were completed, things got colorful. Truly so colorful.

The hazy afternoon seemed to brighten every shade of chalk being painted on the sidewalk and crayons filling in the lines of coloring pages. Little athletes played soccer as the clouds descended over the cliffs. Butterflies and roses made yesterday now adorned the doors and rooms of the girls – a reminder to each of us of how much value there is in simply sharing time. They could care less if we consider it “quality” time, and they really don’t care about “teachable moments.”

Simple conversation, a good hug, a big smile – and crayons, soccer balls, and sidewalk chalk – teach amazing things about love and grace and mercy. If you think about it, they’re just like you and me…they just want to know they matter to someone.

There’s a word that’s never used at Pequeno Refugio. “Goodbye.” Tonight, “hasta luego” echoed in the dining room as we hugged the children tightly and tearfully held Lourdes and Teresa – the two sisters who for the past eight years have given their lives to care for each and every orphan. Lourdes smiled and said, “no, not hasta luego. Hasta pronto.” Her invitation extends to you too. “See you soon” is so much more beautiful than “see you later.”

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About Ronne Rock

LIFE. LOVE. LEADERSHIP. AND A LITTLE #KITCHENTHERAPY. Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems."   Ronne is represented by Karen Neumair at Credo Communications.

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2 thoughts on “diary from the journey: tuesday”

  1. Thank you for this great entry and the wonderful pictures! We have a team of 18 leaving this Sunday for Xela, and Pequeno Refugio. We are looking forward to what God will lead us to do during our time there and I somehow feel homesick for a place I’ve yet to arrive to!

  2. I’m crying and don’t know why….I to feel like Kristin homesick for a place I’ve yet to arrive…My husband, I, and our son and daughter are all part of the team that will be leaving on Sunday am for our trip to be a part of these precious children’s lives! I am off to buy sidewalk chalk right now!!

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