“Before my new stove, I cooked on the floor of my kitchen and I was always worried that Oliver would fall into the fire.”
“Our lives have been improved and we are grateful that this happened. And the volunteers, well they worked really hard! We appreciate the support they gave us.”
“We have more privacy now, more space. My sons have their own room and my daughter and I have our own room.”
“In 2007, there was an earthquake in Guatemala. Our old house was damaged beyond repair and we had to move in with my parents.”
“First of all, thank you and may God bless you greatly. You are part of our family and community and we send our greetings!”
“Thanks to each of you who came. Our family has experienced a positive change in our lives, thanks to you! I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude.”
“Thanks to you, our dream is a reality!” So says Ingrid Lorena de León to the group of Thrivent volunteers who came to work with her family to build her family’s home in Quetzaltenango.
Maria loves cooking with her new stove, including preparing food for her children’s school! She remembers that her kids loved playing with volunteers and she sends a hello from Guatemala!
Brenda spends time on Sunday weaving traditional Guatemalan clothing which she sells at the market. Now that she has her own home, she has a quiet space to create.
Anayanci, Dalia´s 15 year old daughter, has a message she would like to share with the volunteers: “Thanks to you, our house was finished a little bit faster, and it didn’t take as long because you came help. Many thanks for giving us your support!”