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Today, our last day in the community, many families had already installed their stoves in an effort to participate and have ownership in the process. It was fantastic to know that the people of the community wanted to complete their stoves as much as possible on their own. However, the 40th and 41st stoves had to be disassembled because, unfortunately, the stoves had not been built correctly. But we worked together with the families to reassemble the stoves.
The community celebrated the completion of the project and expressed their gratitude many, many, many times. We were grateful when a delicious homemade lunch was served. We were very honored by their efforts.
To top the day off, we were able to purchase the wonderful Guatemalan coffee that we have been drinking all week. Our friends and families will be benefactors.
Medical Teams International (MTI) hosted us tonight for a farewell dinner. We spent the evening in the community expressing our personal stories and as Gladys, our MTI friend explained, we in Guatemala say thank you many times. We described our feelings of gratitude towards each other. I believe we were all made better by having served the community of Granadilla this week.
I have been privileged to be part of this wonderful group of Providence leaders. I believe that each of us has experienced something that cannot adequately be expressed in words. Our own leadership will be forever impacted having served the Guatemalan people of Granadilla.
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