While most of the team is involved in treating patients at Las Obras, several people headed over to Casa de Fe to bake bread and cookies for the families staying at Casa de Fe. Casa de Fe (House of Faith) serves as a haven for recovering surgical patients and their families who travel long distances for care. Without this special place, many of the patients and their families would be left on the streets or in unsafe hotels. Casa de Fe allows for all patients recovering from surgery to stay as long as they need until they are strong enough to return home. Since opening in 2003, Casa de Fe has provided more than 170,000 bed nights for the patients and their families.
While here with the surgical team some of the support staff came over and baked bread. Marilyn and Paul took lead on coordinating preparing banana and zucchini bread for the current residents. Once the bread was in the oven, Marilyn invited some of the Casa de Fe guest to help her make cake cookies. It is fascinating to watch the two different cultures find a common language in the kitchen. Generally speaking, it is fairly universal what is required to bake cookies. However, there appears to be a fluent conversation occurring in two different languages as different techniques and approaches are shared. Maybe it was simply the many smiles and laughs that occurred that made the situation seem so uplifting.
No one likes to be away from home. No one especially likes to be away from home in a community where you do not have family and friends and you do not have the means to afford staying at a safe hotel. For most of us, we cannot comprehend the trials that these families go through to be healed and made whole. Despite the obstacles in their way, they still go forward with faith that they will receive the necessary blessings to be made whole. Most often these blessing are delivered by God through His children.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Mathew 6:25-26)
“But seek first his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given you as well.” (Mathew 6:33)
Casa de Fe, and the dedicated staff of volunteers, are part of the means by which the needs of the poor and the afflicted are comforted; how they are clothed; how they are fed; how they are healed! The volunteers of Faith In Practice are sons and daughters of a loving God walking the path of discipleship with their brothers and sisters found here in Guatemala. Each of us understands that we will not return to our God in Heaven alone, but instead we will be surrounded by our brothers and sisters that we have loved and served here during our personal mortal ministry.