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One of our thank you notes:


Gratitude comes in a lot of different packages in Guatemala.  In the last week, black plastic bags filled with what one would call “artisan bread” in the states and one pound blocks of chocolate, three very large very ripe papayas (eating the last one in a couple of hours/Domingo and gate guard got the other two), tears of joy, hugs and kisses on the cheek often three and four times before they get into their vehicle to leave.  It is humbling to work among these people.  It seems the further away from Guatemala City the ministry comes, the larger the gifts and the more likely it is to be food.  Oh yes, we get wall plaques and this year were invited to be honorary directors of a local volunteer fire department.  We thought at the time they may be joking but afterwards I am not sure.

Below is one of several thank you notes we get.

Dennis and Cindy,

“…I am humbled by the enormity of the work in which you are engaged. I called the foundation directors for our little clinic and they were literally choked up by your generosity. She said, “I can’t believe this, we are really a clinic now.” Thank you Dennis and I assure you that we will use the resources you have so kindly shared as effectively as possible to serve the people of this part of Guatemala. There is such great need, especially out here away from the big cities.So many of our mothers and babies are malnourished due to poor nutrition and the equipment Vine International has provided for our little remote clinic will go far to help treat these beautiful children of God. People like you and Vine International truly deserve a special place in Heaven. I just hope to one day improve my life to be worthy to join you. The prenatal vitamins from the last trip are solid gold here and the stethoscopes and that complicated piece to check ears, eyes, etc. will be more valuable than you can imagine. Everything you have shared has been timely and precious.

I for one, am grateful for organizations like Vine International and people like Dennis McCutcheon and feel my life is richer for having met you.


Please understand this gratitude is shared by Cindy and I to all of you who support us by financial aid, material aid and prayer.  We get tired at times and especially this first couple of weeks in December it is busy.  This note is from another new orphanage that wants to develop a clinic.  Just to try to show the team work on this, materials in this donation came from Ohio (Midmark), Tennessee, (Vine International home warehouse outside of Knoxville and The Shalom Foundation near Nashville) Georgia (MAP International).  This one project represents an untold number of staff and volunteers that have done collection, sorting, boxing, loading containers.  We have had almost 200 visits to the warehouse this past year.

Know also that we are called to this ministry by God our Father.  We struggle with the language and desire to know it well enough to be an effective witness to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  God called us here, and called you to support us here so we can testify in a number of ways.  We look forward to what God will do in the near future.

Cindy and I are on the way home on the 14th, family time, eye exams, doctor appointment for her and off to West Virginia to visit my parents and siblings with at stop in Statesville NC for a foot long hotdog at Carolina BBQ the first weekend home.  Then back to NC and SC to speak at supporting churches and check in with some of our supporters.  Hope to see all of you at some point, but it will be difficult to fit all in.  We are due back to Guatemala 7 Jan, 2011 and have a team each of the first two months and 5 containers possibly in the first 6 to 8 weeks…. I am tired already.

Thank you for your prayers and support.  I will put our itinerary on the blog as it becomes “solid.”

Please pray for Sam Rothman, he is in Louisville KY doing a show for Dancing Leaf and the weather is cold, roads were slick and he is pulling a large trailer.  He and Claudia are one of our supporters.

No photos this time, too busy, still working out computer issues.

In Christ

Dennis and Cindy McCutcheon

One Comment leave one →
  1. Brenda permalink
    24/12/2010 20:37

    Glad you get to see the family ( mostly grandchild!) Have a joyful Christmas. Cindy, Deanne says to tell you hello!


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