Mi Refugio: Pictures Around the School

This is the last Mi Refugio post for Dave’s and Lauren’s trip to Guatemala. Dave took some nice shots around the school that I wanted to share. Hope you’ve enjoyed all the Mi Refugio posts!

Lauren commented that maybe we could find a way to fix the swimming pool so the kids have a place to swim. She said, “Mom, it would cost one million Quetzales!” First things first, we should find out how much it would cost to turn this broken down pool into something beautiful.


By |July 8th, 2015|Lana's Journal|2 Comments

Mi Refugio: The Classes

By |July 7th, 2015|Lana's Journal|0 Comments

Happy 4th of July!

Last year we took the girls to the San Diego County Fair and discovered that the 4th of July is a great day to go because everyone else waits until the evening to go watch the fireworks. We decided to continue with that tradition so off we went to the Fair.

Hope is up for any ride Lauren wants to try. The only thing stopping Hope from the crazy big rides is the height restrictions…she’s little! She loooves the rides, the wilder and faster the better!

Dave and Lauren rode the Crazy Mouse. That’s Dave and Lauren on the left, about to go down the incline.

Hope got to ride a carousel horse…

…and a real one!

Lauren, very festive for the holiday.

Lauren’s artwork in the local schools’ art display. Hers is on the bottom, the ship.

The Sky View ride across the park.

Somewhere along this ride, way up in the air, I dropped the camera lens cap. Quite miraculously Dave ran back to the spot where I dropped it and found it!

Maui Chicken. Yum.

See you next year San Diego Fair!

By |July 4th, 2015|Lana's Journal|0 Comments

Mi Refugio: Lauren

Back in July 2009, when Lauren was 5 years old and Carmen was turning 3, I wrote the following on the blog:

Dave and I wanted to do something special for Carmen for her birthday gift from us. Mi Refugio is a school ministering to the needs of children who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump. The children are bussed daily to Mi Refugio and taught to read and write. They learn practical skills like sewing and woodworking. They are fed two meals per day. Most importantly, they learn about Jesus. I called the school’s contact person, Harry, who just happens to live 10 minutes away! We decided to donate, in honor of Carmen, both backpacks and vitamins for the children. I got a great deal on 20 backpacks from Children’s Place and when they arrive in the mail, I’ll take a picture! Lauren picked out the patterns. Lots of hearts and flowers!

Harry sent a video about the school, Children of the Fourth World. Lauren and I watched it yesterday. As I was putting Lauren to bed last night, she wanted to talk about the movie.

“Why do the children live in the dump?

“How do they get food to eat?”

“Should we move to Guatemala and help those kids?”

“Can we adopt some of the kids so they have a family?”

“Carmen couldn’t have lived in the dump. She would have died. She would have just laid there and no one would have fed her.”

“When I grow up I can move there and help the kids. I would dye my hair black so I would look like all the other girls!”

I told her that we would be so very proud if she decided to move to Guatemala and help the kids. Dave and I believe that God is using Carmen to work on Lauren’s little heart and that someday she will do amazing things for Him. I really can’t wait to see what she does!

Lauren is 11 years old now. She doesn’t want to dye her hair black anymore (electric blue would be her color of choice) but she still wants to move to Guatemala to help the kids.

While in Guatemala, Dave texted me and said that Lauren asked if it was too late to change her elective from Art to Spanish because she wants to know more Spanish when she goes back to Mi Refugio next summer. I contacted her middle school principal and he said Spanish class is full but they will put Lauren on a waiting list. Will you pray that a spot in Spanish will open up and Lauren will be able to take Spanish in 6th grade? Thank you!

By |July 3rd, 2015|Lana's Journal|1 Comment

Mi Refugio: Trip to Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan has been called one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. A dozen villages are scattered around the lake, where the Mayan culture still thrives. Mountains and volcanoes surround the lake.

Dave, Lauren and the group from Mi Refugio took one day of their trip to visit this beautiful spot on earth.

They visited Santiago, shopping in the markets.

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11, KJV

By |July 2nd, 2015|Lana's Journal|1 Comment