Monday, October 12, 2009

Well, we arrived back in Guatemala a week ago but we haven't been able to update you until now! As many of you may have guessed, the internet has not been working at Casa Shalom for several weeks and due to the many technical issues, it will likely not be fixed for some time. We will try to update the blog as often as possible, but if posts are few and far between, know that we are still here and working hard!

We are happy to be able to update you on all the happenings since we arrived last week.
On Saturday evening, we celebrated the 15th birthday of Clara Alicia. The fifteenth birthday party, called a quincienera, is a very important event in the life of a young lady in Guatemala and we celebrated with a ceremony, dinner, and cake! Enjoy the photos from Clara's party.

Clara's mother, younger sister, and 2 cousins were able to attend the party to celebrate with Clara!

Clara is all smiles as all of Casa Shalom sings "Happy Birthday"

Another change has been the addition of a new baby in the baby house. Baby Monserrat came to Casa Shalom last week, after being hospitalized. She was abused so badly by her mother that she had to hospitalized and had surgery to relieve pressure and swelling of her brain. Baby Monserrat has metal staples in her head to help her wound heal, but they should be removed this week. Please pray for Monserrat that the Lord will heal both her physical and spiritual wounds.

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