A New Home, and a Hard Farewell.

Potter's House Guatemala

The Socorec family home was completed Saturday. There was a very moving ceremony to hand over the keys to Vicenta and the community joined in the celebration. The living structure itself is nothing that we would consider luxurious by our standards, but to them it is more than they could hope for– clean running water, (a spigot in the front room and a full sink in the back, as well as a toilet and shower!)  full electric with a light and outlet in each room, and metal locking doors for piece of mind.  It was a very joyful and emotional occasion.  A neighbor or two were jealous and displayed their contempt by tossing rocks on the tin roof in an attempt to take away from the moment. To no avail, I might add. For Vicenta and her family it’s a new life, and I can say the same for me– being involved in this incredible experience has changed my heart and given me a new outlook on life.  

Potter's House Guatemala

Maria, Vicenta and Brenda in their new home wearing beautiful, traditional Guatemalan clothing. You would be hard pressed to find anyone as sweet, humble, and hard working as these fine ladies. That look on their faces is something we don’t see here much. It’s called humility.


Potter's House Guatemala

The Socorec extended family in their new home.


Potter's House Guatemala

The team with the Socorec family and members of the community.


Potter's House Guatemala

Vicenta waving goodbye outside the tin shack where she makes the tortillas that support her family.



Vicente’s bubbling cauldron of corn that she uses to make her homemade tortillas.  They use a bit of lime (the chemical, not the fruit) to breakdown the corn kernels while it’s cooking.  Not sure if that’s healthy or not, but it struck me as unusual– maybe it’s fine.



Tortillas that didn’t measure up to Vicente’s standards.  They’ll be given away or fed to the pigs.  Dogs do not like tortillas…


Guatemala dog

Speaking of dogs– a lot of the little four-legged friends down there look pretty rough.  Poor diet and care– you can only imagine what they eat.



Resigned and broken spirit.


Guatemala dog

Poor guy looks like part dog, part elephant and all misery.


blue cross

The painted cross that we walked by each day was complete on our last day


plastic jug

Nothing goes to waste.   Everything is recycled, repurposed or resold. 


Tasmanian Devil

Someone has a sense of humor– check out the Tasmanian Devil tied to the radiator grill.



Sorting liquor bottles for reuse.


Guatemala City

Laundry is daily chore and hangs from every place imaginable.


Guatemala goat

You can get a frothy glass of goat’s milk by hand and on the spot.  It looked like a latte, swear.


Guatemala City

Truly where the streets have no name.


Guatemala sunset



6 thoughts on “A New Home, and a Hard Farewell.

  1. JP,
    Thanks for the reality check. The photos taken during your trip created a very moving essay.
    – Judy

  2. JP –

    It was both an honor and a priviledge to work alongside you in Guatemala. I enjoyed getting to know you better and growing in faith with you. I will be mulling over the lessons we learned from the residents of Anexo Nuevo for the forseeable future!

    Oso Grande

    (Pass the milk, please)

  3. JP,
    I second Oso’s comments, we served the community, Vincenta”s family, our church and our God. Found myself missing the dump yesterday, as I stumbled through my first day back in the states.

  4. i may be late. but are there any posts regarding the back story for this post? i’d love to know the entire story. couldn’t find any links to prior related postings.



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