Seeing, Serving, and Speaking: An Experiment in Intentional Living
Considering the chaotic lifestyle prominent in Western culture, it is difficult to live an intentional and enriching lifestyle. Despite the bustling nature of life in the United States, the Foncea family constructed a countercultural move of a lifetime. Little did they know that as they left their home behind in the United States that they would be building new homes, futures, and hope for poverty stricken families in Guatemala.
Foncea family, parents of two teenagers heavily involved in year round sports, AP classes, and extracurricular mayhem, rarely had time to eat dinner together as a family. For years they discussed slowing down; jumping off of their merry-go-round way of life. But when and how could this small family accomplish such a daunting task? After months of prayer, in August 2012, the Foncea’s sold their home, cars, and possessions and promptly moved to Guatemala.
The Foncea’s affectionately entitled their year of living in Guatemala: The 3 S’s: Seeing, Serving, and Speaking. According to Dr. Foncea (the husband and father), “the goals of the year are to 1) show our children what life looks like outside the bubble of suburban North America,
2) spend more time serving others than having our own needs met, and 3) learn to speak Spanish.”
Their serving experience began in Antigua, Guatemala when the family was introduced to The GOD’S CHILD Project. The Foncea’s toured the campus and immediately fell in love with Casa Jackson. They began volunteering there as often as possible. Each day the family arrived at Casa Jackson, Saul or Esau ran to meet them at the stairs with open arms, Humberto sported a huge grin, and Joshua was always counted on for a snuggle. As they said, “these children share all that they have with us: their love.” The Foncea’s had the unique opportunity to walk alongside Guatemalan children as they were nourished back to health.
It is during their weeks at Casa Jackson that the Foncea’s discovered the opportunity to build a house for a family affiliated with The GOD’S CHILD Project. The family joined a group from the United States as they built 5 homes for extremely poor families in Guatemala. Their teenage children cherished each moment that a Guatemalan family was presented with the keys to their new safe haven. For $2,000, the Foncea’s typical Christmas expenditure, they were able to invest in the life-changing gift of a brand new home. Usually around the holidays, many of us are making lists, trying to think of unnecessary things to put on them, and racing to numerous holiday parties and events. As Dr. Foncea said, “I don’t think we will ever view the holiday season the same way again.” On December 13, 14, and 15 the Foncea’s mixed concrete, painted walls, and cut the boards that provided a family with a sense of security and warmth they were once lacking.
The GOD’S CHILD Project empowers Guatemalan families by providing homes for the homeless. Every human being deserves a warm, dry, and safe place to call home. Their current substandard homes constructed of cornstalks, plastic, and if the family is lucky, corrugated tin, crushes hope, causes health problems, and works against family unity. Could you imagine a home no bigger than your closet where the floors are dirt, the doors and windows don’t lock, and your entire family must learn to survive in these tiny living quarters?
Your prayers and support literally construct new lives for impoverished families in Guatemala. Will you partner with us in providing this basic human right?