Jen Hanks

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  1. Hello! Finally able to blog! πŸ™‚ It’s been a crazy couple of days…but absolutely amazing! Yesterday, we went to a VERY remote village for a medical clinic. If I ever complain about Sioux City’s potholes or construction, I give you permission to smack me upside the head. Never EVER would I have thought that I’d go off-road in a huge 4wd Ford van. But we did! And the butterflies along the drive? WOW! At the village, I was the resident optometrist for the day and enjoyed seeing the smiles when people could see once they put on their glasses. And the kids? Oh, my heart!! So many littles yelling “dulces” as we drive through town, hoping for some candy, and they are so excited when they get some thrown to them. So much beauty here…the people, the scenery…But also so much poverty and need (physically and spiritually).

    Enjoying being “off the grid” and unplugging, but missing everyone, especially my boys! Hope all is well on the home front. Getting ready to head out to another village for medical clinic today, then the next 3 days we build.

    Love to all!

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    1. Mom this is Brody and I miss you but I am excited for you to tell your stories,I have been praying and I haven’t been getting sleep and now I can.Love you.

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      1. Sorry, bud! Someone was just able to set up our team blog this morning! Thanks so much for the prayers…they are working! Love you more!

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  2. So glad to hear from you, babe. We are doing good here but have missed you and Aubrey very much. Can’t wait to hear about all of your experiences in person. I pray for you guys multiple times a day. Give Aubrey my love. Love you babe.

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    1. We miss you, too! Aubrey has already talked of being homesick. Hope you and Brody have had some fun time this weekend. Love you bunches, hun!

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  3. Hi Jen. Thank you for the posting. We are hanging on every word. I’m sure the others are tired and still getting settled in. In a gentle way encourage them to write a little something home. We are praying for you and the folks with whom you are working.

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  4. Amazing day 2 of medical clinics was at a village closer to the base. It was in a very simple, but beautiful church. Thanks to my Spanish speaking, I was again helping with reading glasses. The people in this village were very different than yesterday’s…not so remote and they’ve received other visits from Paradise Bound, so were weren’t such “strangers.” Such a moving night tonight @ the service. I can’t even begin to describe it in writing so will have to tell everyone in person. We have a 5:30a wake up tomorrow morning to start building homes, so time to gear up for that. Love to all!! And thanks for the prayers!

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  5. I am so proud of you and Aubrey! Hope she is getting in to it! She has to carry on for Grammie in the area of fighting for those who have no one to fight for them! Love and miss you!

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    1. I think Aubrey is definitely having an “experience.” πŸ˜‰ Of course, she has loved playing with the kids. There have been several times she’s looked to me to translate, so it’s good to feel needed by my 13 year old-ha! In all seriousness, this has been a wonderful time for us. Thankful to be able to do it.

      Love and miss you! Give my boys hugs from me!

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  6. First day of building was today. It was a mile away as the crow flies but took us about 45 mins to get there. I’ve never had an issue w/motion sickness…until now. Better nausea from that than a parasite, though! πŸ˜‰ The family we are building for has a mother and father, and a 3 year old little girl. Tomorrow we return to finish mudding and sanding the drywall, to paint, and to stucco the outside. Lots of work today, but Aubrey, Alec and I did take a bit of a break to play soccer(ish??) with a couple of boys from the village. I absolutely love seeing the kids playing and using their imaginations, the baby-wearing and nursing mamas, and everyone taking care of each other. I really see the saying we’ve all heard, that it takes a village to raise a child, played out while here. And it’s beautiful! I was honored to meet a 15 day old baby this afternoon! 15 days old! She was beautiful and I am told will get a name in another couple of weeks (because of such a high infant mortality rate, babies aren’t named until they are about a month old). The villagers prepared us a lunch of rice, beans, and tortillas (and some salsa that I was told was spicy, so that counted me out, haha!) and it was so yummy!

    Anyhow, I miss everyone so much, but am definitely feeling “full” here. πŸ™‚

    Love and hugs to all!!!!!

    P.S. You would be proud of my survival skills, Ryan! πŸ™‚

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    1. Wow! 15 days?! Still kinda sad to me the baby doesn’t receive a name if it dies early on? I just had to catch up on reading because I had no idea I had to click on the individual name to see the blog. Thought it was a group blog. πŸ™Š So interesting to read your daily duties/activities! So you were worried you wouldn’t “reach” people. You were also worried about your Spanish. Worried about that now? I knew God would use you like crazy!!!! Miss you like crazy and love you! Keep on truckin!

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      1. I still feel like I’m being “reached” way more than I’m reaching! This has been absolutely amazing. And thanks for the vote of confidence! Give Jax and Sis hugs for me. Oh, and forgot to mention…Zoey paid a visit on one of our drives. Lexi saw a hummingbird on our way to a village. Made my heart smile. πŸ™‚

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  7. I’m so glad that you are able to do the things you are naturally good at for people who need it more than words can express. I’m so sorry about the motion sickness! Yikes! You answered my main question which of course was how is the food down there. πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad you and Aubrey are getting to enjoy some time playing with the kids. I’m so glad you’re having an amazing experience. I can’t wait to hear stories! Brody, Beckett, Grammie and I spent some time downstairs together tonight. I’m trying to teach Beckett how to coupon. I think he’s digging it. We miss you guys but we are willing to share you in order for you to do God’s work!

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  8. Which survival skill did you use? Did you make a fire? Also, mudding and painting is just a normal tuesday foe you, isnt it? Do you think all the work you did on on our house was to prepare you for this very moment? I think it was. I had a feeling Aubrey would connect with the kiddos there. I so wish I could have experienced this with you. We miss you and Aubrey here and can’t wait to see you. Anxiously wait to hear what you did today.

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    1. No fire…bathroom facilities are few and far between, so I’ve had to get back to nature several times. πŸ™‚

      I never thought about the work on our house preparing me for this moment, but I think you may be right! We’ll definitely have to return @ some point…I would love to be experiencing this with you, too! Will make a general post on today’s activities. Love you bunches and bunches!

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  9. Hey jen! We are sittting here lake side doin crosswords. Took a break to read the blog now we are all crying!!! We are thinking of u guys. Love you and miss you!!!!!

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  10. Today was painting and stucco day! Was very interesting working w/the stucco (you maaay wanna be a bit worried about future projects, Ryan πŸ˜‰ ) and I had an absolute blast painting the house! We painted a couple of murals and picked 4 Bible verses-1 for each wall-to paint on them. The family helped paint and had so much fun! There is a mother, father, and 3 year old little girl. However, was sort of surreal to see them have a friend snap a pic of them in their new house using their cell phone, while having no indoor plumbing and fresh running water. The absolute best (and MOST humbling) moment of the day was when we moved the bed into the family’s home and the 3 year old was dancing and singing “una cama…una cama…una cama…” then she laid on it and spread out, with a HUGE smile on her face. Tomorrow we get to deliver gifts to our family and dedicate the house, and hopefully some people will accept Christ. If not, we’ve planted a seed so things will happen as they are intended.

    Well, tonight is pizza night…Domino’s no less…so signing off for now. Love to everyone and thanks for continued prayers!!

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  11. Houses were dedicated today and I got a tidbit of info…the newborn baby has a NAME! This is highly unusual. But the best part? She is named after one of our team members who helped build the house for the family. So please add baby Tiffany to your prayers!

    Back to dedication…our entire group went from house to house (5 in all) to give the families gifts and well-wishes. The houses were decorated w/streamers, balloons and flowers/plants. Oh…and I can’t forget the firecrackers that were set off before and after the dedication @ each house. Very much a celebration! The team who built the house was inside w/the family and some pastors while everyone outside the house was praying. Every single home accepted Christ today!!!! Such an amazing day!

    And get this, Sal…the mother of our house was wearing a beautiful Guatemalan blouse WITH HUMMINGBIRDS EMBROIDERED ON IT!!!! Zoey showed up, again!

    Tomorrow is our “free” day-shopping and eating in Antigua. And in case anyone wants to google, we’ve been staying in base camp just north of Chamaltananga. πŸ™‚ Kept forgetting to share that info…

    Love and hugs to all!

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      1. I know! We share God sightings every night @ devotions and AJ shared that…was very difficult for her, but she did it. I miss you, too!! Can’t wait to see everyone! We’re getting ready to head to Antigua for the day, so will write more later. Love you guys!

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  12. That is so awesome that Zoe has showed up with you guys multiple times on this trip! Enjoy your free day tomorrow! See you guys in a couple days! Love you.

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  13. Loved to read about your day! Zoey is always with us! New person started today at my office and I think I will do fine with her. Worked at the house tonight and hoping to sand floors this weekend. Mom’s eyes bad again so seeing doctor in the am. Love and miss you girls! So thankful for your blessings in Guatemala!

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    1. Just love that she’s shown up a couple times, though! πŸ™‚ So glad you have someone else in the office, now, and glad it looks like it will work out well. Give grandma hugs and let me know what doctor says, please. Love you bunches and miss you! See you soon!

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  14. Super fun day in Antigua! Went to the market and ate @ Burger King because it was one of the “safe” places to eat. Then enjoyed some local(ish???) coffee w/Samantha that was very good! Also saw a beautiful plaza and buildings. Again, found my Spanish to be very helpful while bartering w/vendors. πŸ™‚

    An observation about Guatemala that I’ve made is that it is a place of contradictions and extremes…poorest of the poor living in villages without plumbing who have cell phones. People walking the streets in very “traditional” Guatemalan clothing alongside people dressed very much like Americans. And the things women can carry on their heads?!?! Absolutely AMAZING! And often while walking uphill or downhill w/a baby on their back.

    Now we will be focusing on packing and preparing for our flight out tomorrow. Have to get up super duper early, so that’s going to be fun. πŸ˜‰ Excited to be home and give my loved ones a big hug!

    Last night we were asked to share how this experience will change us and I am very unsure how to answer that, other than to say that I am for sure changed. Now to just listen to God’s voice so I can work w/Him on whatever is next…

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      1. We land about 5p tomorrow, so 7ish?? I’ll text when we are on our way so you can maybe come over?? Have some regalitos for you all!!

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  15. Oh Man!!…I had this nice long post for ya, and Suddenly it just Disappeared, Poof, All Gone😝
    So, in a nut-shell…..The Lord’s Peace & Joy blanket u, the team, the village, & the organization😍
    See Yous Soon!!!
    LOVE U BUNCHES & BUNCHES,
    Ron & Dawn

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