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“For I was hungry and you gave me food.” Matt. 25:35

Thursday, February 6


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Annie Aeschbacher and Juana Herlinda in front of the Health Center in Pachaj Photo by Gonzalo Méndez Julián Yac


Annie Aeschbacher and Juana Herlinda in front of the Health Center in Pachaj


Photo by Gonzalo Méndez Julián Yac


Poverty: The yellowed cheeks and glazed eyes of a malnourished, 18-month-old girl, weighing a mere 15 pounds and waiting on death’s doorstep.

Poverty: The desperation in her mother’s eyes, knowing that something must be done but also knowing, too well, that there’s no money to buy the fortified milk her daughter’s life depends on.

In my work as a Young Adult Volunteer in Guatemala, that’s what I saw when I first met Cristina and her baby: two people trapped in the hopeless, life-draining effects of poverty that plague far too many people in Guatemala and around the world. But thanks to the grace of God and the generosity of others, there is hope. My host mom, Juana Herlinda, has been working actively in our community of Pachaj, Cantel, for the past eight years to improve the health of the people here. With collaboration from the health commission and local government, she helped open a health center that provides free basic medical services, medicine, and health education to everyone in Pachaj and the surrounding communities.

Although the center’s services are limited, it is fighting the causes of poverty by focusing on education and preventive medicine. Sometimes, through special donations, the center can also provide help for extreme cases like Cristina’s. We received funds to buy the milk Cristina could not. For Cristina and her baby, poverty is losing ground to hope. That is reason to praise!

Annie Aeschbacher, Young Adult Volunteer, Guatemala, 2012–13

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

CEDEPCA: Marcia Towers, crisis ministry program consultant, YAV consultant, Rev. Leslie Vogel, intercultural encounter facilitator • National Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Guatemala (IENPG): Rev. Philip Beisswenger, facilitator, mission delegations and partnership, Bacilia Beisswenger, team ministry, Richard and Debbie Welch, education consultants for Indigenous Peoples

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Nikki Bryant, BOP
Elder Rob Bullock, FDN
Cherrie Burch, FDN

Let us pray

Father, our hearts ache for our brothers and sisters around the world who struggle in the bonds of poverty. Continue to sow your seeds of hope, grace, and love among us, so that we may find new life and freedom in Jesus. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 116; 147:12-20
First Reading Genesis 23:1-20
Second Reading Hebrews 11:32-12:2
Gospel Reading John 6:60-71
Evening Psalms 26; 130


  • Happy to do it! Sorry I didn't catch it before. by Billie Healy on 03/05/2014 at 1:04 p.m.

  • You don't need to post this, but...My THANKS to whomever fixed the link on my name (that was incorrect, at least, in the email version of this yesterday). If possible, please pass on my thanks to the appropriate person. Blessings, Leslie by Leslie Vogel on 02/07/2014 at 11:44 p.m.

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