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Three Dole banana containers in a day…

01/12/2009

And we are sore.  It started with the bomberos (volunteer  firemen) three hours late.  The first container was a Vine International container, loaded by Bruce White in Knoxville, TN.  He and the Rice’s have hammered out a process over the years.  The driver, Cindy and I got first two pallets off when up comes the ambulance and a two man bombero crew get out.  We put Cindy with them and the driver and I continued unloading.  It was going well, and when Domingo a 65 y/o strong as a bull grounds keeper came we were already half done.  In 22 minutes the first container gone.  Domingo and I start on the second container.  Our first where the driver did not help.  We were half way through and the bomberos who had been “shopping”, pitched in.  This was a Samaritan’s Purse container, with loads of great stuff.  And they do STUFF!  This container was packed.  It had two gurneys which Cindy has claimed.  Two months ago someone gave her other two away <grin>.  For a lot of reasons they come in handy in the warehouse.  I am waiting to point out to Cindy that what we gave away was replaced by much better gurneys.  (Do you think I can take credit for this???  I mean I did give away the others to make room for the new, right?). 

Second container gone and we have only been at this for an hour and fifteen minutes.  This is going GREAT!  Then the third container comes from Wheels of Hope in Canton Ohio.  Another neat ministry that does a lot of good in several places around the world.  There were only 2 or 3 pallets on this container, everything else was hand packed and therefore had to be unpacked by hand.  We had not hired anymore help.  The bomberos left after the second container.  And this driver did not help either, until Domingos very pretty granddaughters came to help about 2/3rds into the load.  All this happens about the same time.  The driver stops us at work to complain about some piece of paper or that we were taking too much time (not sure which).  He doesn’t have to help, and I am trying to get back to work.  It really bugs me to watch a 65 y/o man out work me.  Domingo’s granddaughters show up and were pressed into duty.  Now don’t you know, that hairy legged formerly lazy truck driver jumped right in there and worked hard for the last third of that container.  I did not tip him as a matter of principle.  I figured he got his tip showing off for the girls.  Grandad Lloyd would be proud of me for that one.

The warehouse is packed.  Cindy and I are working on clearing enough floor space  to recieve the container of medicines from MAP in Georgia.  If that container had come in the same day, Cindy and I would have been laid out on the floor and some of the pallets would have been in the drive way.  God is pouring it on.  We will announce to our list here in Guatemala that the containers are here and people will start pouring in.  We are two weeks from going home for Christmas and we need to get a lot of this where it will do some good. 

There are several projects in these containers: Solar panels for a rural Christian clinic; 7 pallets of medical stuff for Hospital Shalom and firefighting gear for Flores airport where soon there will be a Christian air ambulance service (Yea God!); medical project through Barios for Christ to the OB doctor in the Santa Teresa prison where incarcerated women deliver their children behind bars (I still am haunted by what I saw there.), spare parts for the medical equipment repair ministry of Vine International, literally TONS of stuff. 

Check out photos from last two days at http://dennis51.smugmug.com/Guatemala/Vine-International-Bodega/Three-Dole-Containers-for/10507764_LDjS6#729526121_EWM9p  in the upper right hand corner you can click slide show and get full screen view.

We thank you for your continued support,

In Christ,   Dennis and Cindy McCutcheon

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Curt permalink
    02/12/2009 07:24

    WOW!

    Good stuff.

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  2. 02/12/2009 07:46

    thank you Curtis. we deeply appreciate your support brother. Looking forward to you coming down soon. In Christ Dennis

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  3. Michelle permalink
    03/12/2009 11:06

    Why does it bother you that a 65 y/o man could outwork you? After all, you’re so close in age! (standing back, standing waaayyy back) 😉

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  4. 03/12/2009 18:27

    Hey,
    I really considered sending this to the spam file… TURKEY… see you in 2 to 3 weeks and looking forward to it.
    In Christ
    Dennis

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