Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Christmas Wood Stove for Our 2017 El Salvador Family

While helping build a home with our Habitat family last August, it came to our attention that they needed a new wood stove for cooking to put in their new house.  We were thrilled to share with them a monetary gift on behalf of the people of Good Shepherd for the purchase of a new stove.  Jackie and Josue are pictured above in Jackie's mom's house with the new stove.  A festive tablecloth is already in place.  (Note that the 2018 intended visit dates are Saturday, July 28, through Sunday, August 5.)

Jackie's husband, Francisco, is seen below with his family at an event last August.

From the Habitat office in Santa Ana:

"Now this beautiful family has a new Eco-Stove that saves wood, is healthier for the environment, and safer for family members who cook.  Juan Francisco Diaz Reyes, his wife Jackie, and their son Josue now have a brand new stove for cooking in their new home.  Jackie received the stove and told us she was very happy, thankful, and blessed.  It was like a dream that became reality because both the house and the stove had been in their prayers."

Praise God for stirring the hearts of members at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church to reach out with generosity through the Holy Spirit to meet needs as we encountered them on the ground in El Salvador.

The receipt for the $200 purchase is dated December 1, 2017.  "Doscientos dolares" = two hundred dollars.  "Escolar con rondos" means "school model with wheels".  In the photo above, part of the chimney remains un-assembled on a nearby table.  Below are two photos of Jackie and Josue in front of the finished home.  For photos of the new home interior and dining room table, see the Good Shepherd Facebook page here .  It's hard to believe the house is about the size of a two-car garage.