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Father’s Day times two in Guatemala…

24/06/2010

Last Thursday was Father’s Day in Guatemala.  Cindy was here at home and I was in Huehuetenango (call me and I will tell you how to pronounce that) over 8,300 feet and could have looked into Mexico except we were in the clouds.  What a precious day.  Sonia and Andrea Tejeda- Harris called me before we were out of cell tower range to wish me Happy Father’s Day.  They have “adopted” me.  What an honor.   They both cried and they made me start the day crying.   We actually were able to get together Friday night as Vine International wanted to honor the Tejedah-Harris family for the work they do with us importing the medical containers.  Manolo and Vilma Benfeldt put the party together at their home.  Manolo is on the board of Vine’s Guatemalan non-profit organization.

The rest of the day was pretty awesome too.  Dick Rutgers (we are mentioned with photos in his blog + his many posts are worthy of a read) and Ronaldo our interpreter have a knack for finding handicapped children in the hinter lands of Guatemala.  Here some of these children when born in rural villages are either killed at birth as local village leadership encourage the fathers to take the child into the jungle and bludgeon it to death with a stick. If they survive birth – praise God not all fathers do what the witch doctor prescribes –  they are kept hidden away in dark corners.  There are very little in resources for them.  Dick has written about a desire to take doctor’s into homes, because these kids are often not brought out to the big medical teams.    Woody Woodson the president of Vine International got together a small team that explored doing what Dick envisioned.  Dick told of the audible sigh and visible relief in one dad when Dick told him his cerebral palsy son is not a curse for his sins.

We left the valley floor at about 3,000 feet and climbed dirt track, sometimes concreted roads at 30 to 40% percent grade in ‘GRANNY’ gear.  We parked at the top at over 8,000 feet and walked about a mile and a half to a school where we found a small empty room and saw a few patients.  I saw a woman that has stepped up to the plate and adopted two special needs children in this highland village,  This is so rare.  She struggles each week to put tortillas rice and beans on the table a couple of times a day.  But two kids are alive…

But more moving than that on this awesome Thursday – Guatemalan Father’s Day was going to Ileni’s home.  We were literally in the clouds.  This dirt floor two room house has the floors and porch neatly swept (yes you can keep a dirt floor home neat and clean).  Flowers decorated the yard, hung from porch and walls.  Sheep, pigs, and chickens that wanted to roost on my back pack were everywhere.  This dear child had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and has been on steroids for two years.  Dr. Bruce Allsop examined her.  What impressed me most was this child’s dad.  He stayed so close that he was always between the child and the mother in fact.  Unusual in these villages.  When Dr. Bruce explained changing medicine regimen, he asked questions and went over the instruction on more than one occasion.  I was ‘moved with compassion’ to see this dad engaged in the care of his daughter.

I asked if I could bless the house and while praying for this family told the father that he had a most difficult job.  That God gave father’s to children to represent in a small way Who God is and that God gave him his wife that he may be a picture of Christ to her.  When I raised my head the wife had her arms around her husbands neck (gently) and tears streaming down her face.  That kind of relationship does not exist in every home we were in this week and it was so good to see.

That is a portion of one day… I wanted to tell you about Sunday Father’s Day in the USA…which I spent on the other side of Guatemala at 40 feet above sea level.  I will make it into the next blog post a couple of days from now.  There were several stories in this one week.  Much more to come.  Photos are linked where the words are blood red as usual.  Feel free to share with those who may have an interest.

In Christ

Dennis and Cindy McCutcheon

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Casey McCutcheon permalink
    24/06/2010 07:58

    Dad,
    You WOULD find other people to father when you can not be near your own children on Father’s Day. You are such a blessing to Guatemala and me, I love you and pray God keeps you and Cindy safe and strong to continue.

    Casey

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    • 24/06/2010 08:13

      You dear one made the task of being dad, easy and so enjoyable. I love you and looking forward to your visit.

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