Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sharing the Blessings

There is one thing about voting time that truly is annoying, and that is the campaign flyers, and tv commercials that cost, I am sure, a small fortune to distribute and create;  money, that will be eaten up and forgotten after the elections.  I thought about this the other day, and it made me so distressed to think about how much we could use that money on people, people who truly need help to be able to exist in this world of ours.

However, there is something else happening that most people do not know about, and this is called "mercy missions".  Mercy missions are folks who have decided to share the blessings that we have here in the United States, with other countries.  These missions help build homes, plant crops, feed the poor, provide clothing, food, medical help, dental procedures, eye exams, bring in fresh water, build fencing, harvest coffee plantations, and the list goes on.


One of these missions is called Friends of San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala.  My daughter, Adrienne, and a team of doctors, nurses, and anesthesiologists from our area spend eight days a year doing medical/surgical work in Guatemala.


There are many medical groups that come to visit the San Lucas Mission to volunteer, learn about the efforts in San Lucas, and participate in the cross-cultural experience the parish offers. Medical groups spend most of their time working in outlying communities. Through working alongside Guatemalans, receiving talks from community members, and observing the local culture, group members can learn about the efforts of the parish clinic and the rural healthcare program, as well as the situation of healthcare in Guatemala.


These selfless volunteers pay their own way to get to Guatemala, and bring with them all that is needed to do surgeries, and also bring gifts for the women and children who live in these remote mountainous communities.  Tirelessly, they work long hours providing over one hundred surgical procedures on men women and children.  The work is difficult under the antiquated working conditions, however, the rewards are numerous.  Each volunteer come home satisfied that in sharing their blessings and gifts with the poor, they have made a difference to the Guatemalan culture.  







When I think of wasteful spending money, especially at election time, I just bring myself to remember, that there are people out there who truly care about the welfare of others less fortunate.  These people are the true "heroes" that we should admire and support.

I have added a link if anyone is interested in learning more about the San Lucas Mission in Guatemala.






http://www.sanlucasmission.org/

















Tuesday, September 30, 2014

THE VERANDA HOUSE

It has been over a year since I last wrote a blog post.  I think my whole idea about blogging was a little different than most people. I write from my heart, and my heart is focused on my faith, family, and friends.  I am not one to show photos of my home, nor do I have any special talents to share with others.  My only gift to blogland is connecting heart and soul with like minded individuals.

With that said, I lost many followers for whatever reason, and that is not really important anymore.  I really believe that what I write about is directed to a little different blog personality.  I became uninspired, and disenchanted with the whole process of blogging, and so I decided to drop the blogging altogether.

Ok, so back to why I am writing.  I just found out that one of the sweetest most caring and lovely bloggers has passed away.  Her name is Sandra Dias, and her blog name was THE VERANDA HOUSE.  I have no idea when she passed nor how she died or any other details.  The only correspondence I received after much searching, was from her niece, who said basically "Sandra is RIP".  That's it.  It has been over a year since I spoke to her on the phone and she stopped posting on her blog because she discovered facebook.  However, I wanted to say a few things about Sandra.  She was never afraid to open up her heart and feelings to her blog friends.  She struggled through financial loss, bankruptcy, and losing her home.  Her husband was in a serious trucking accident, and sustained severe head injury.  Sandra said he was never the same since that accident.  She also suffered many physical ailments, breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and complications of medical treatments for RA.  She never lost her faith, always remained positive, and loved intensely those who were in her life, including her internet friends.  She was a woman of faith, and being Mexican American, she had a devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe and always prayed with me over the phone.

My heart has been heavy these days and even though I never met Sandra face to face, I felt a bonding that words cannot express.  I know that Sandra is happy and healthy again.  She is with Jesus and in that place that He prepared for all of us.  She knows all the secrets of the world, all her questions are answered and is re-united with her mother and those she loved here on earth who have passed.  Sandra will be missed by many, especially me.  If you get an opportunity, you can visit her blog   http://verandahousesandra.blogspot.com/   I am sure many will remember her when you do.



My dearest sister friend, Sandra, I found out that you have left this world to be with Jesus in Heaven. My heart is sad, but I know your joy is complete. I also know that the Virgin of Guadalupe has embraced you in her motherly arms and guided you to the place where our Lord has promised us. You now know all the secrets of the world, your questions are answered, and there is no more doubt and fear in your heart. Your pain is gone and you are happy and at peace. I will cherish all the many phone calls with you sharing our traditions, our faith, our family, our foods, our children, our thoughts and fears and questions. You were a beautiful, sweet, and caring friend and I will never forget you. Your family that I tried to contact will not give me any information about your passing, but I will place your name in my book of remembrance and mention your name in prayer. Be happy, my friend, and know that I cared. love, ginny

(added note:  I finally did find out that Sandra passed away on February 23, 2014, from cancer)