Before the car has even crossed the threshold of Los Guizaros one little boy yells “DAVID!” and the floodgates are open. Little faces begin to appear in windows and doorways and the children of Los Guizaros trickle into the streets all headed in the same direction…the community center.
David, Jorge and Joaquin have been going to this community every Saturday for 7 months now. They arrive in the morning and the children gather at their recently constructed community center*. They sing songs with the children then break up in to two groups by age and have a small Bible study.When Josue and I went last weekend, the older children were working through Proverbs while the younger ones read a picture book about Jesus feeding 5,000 people with just a few loaves of bread and fish. After that, they fed the kids a lunch of rice, beans and spaghetti with the help of one of the leaders in the community and a few missionaries. In the afternoons, they often stay and help the children out with their homework, encouraging them to work hard in school.
*They were meeting at another community center that they fixed up, however, unfortunately after fixing it up the community reclaimed it and stopped allowing them to use it! Not to be discouraged, they, with the help of other volunteers built the center shown in these pictures. As the numbers of children arriving continues to grow, the need for more space becomes more imminent. They hope to tear down the back wall and add another room onto the back. (See pictures)
Josue and I were honored that we were invited to photograph the work being done there. What we saw was that amidst difficult living situations and varying levels of poverty these children are like any others. They play, they laugh, they sing, they eat, they draw, they run!
It was incredible to see how these kid’s lives are being formed by an unlikely group of professional young men, missionaries and volunteers who have dedicated their Saturdays to serve in that community. They are fulfilling important roles in these children’s lives as role models and teachers. Their message is loud and clear: We care about you. You are special. You are worth so much more than you know. There is a God who created you and He loves you!
At Alumbra Photography we wholeheartedly support causes like that one, and are grateful to know that isn’t the only one! One of the ways we like to support non-profit and mission work being done is through our photography. If you are involved in some kind of missions or service and need some pictures to tell the story of your work, you’ve found the right people! We would be honored to help you out and shoot some pictures…just drop us a note!