An hogar is not classified by its foundation, structure, furniture, interior design. Rather, it’s made up of its residents. An hogar is defined by its people, each filled with high spirits, warmth, compassion, distinct aromas, and eagerness to share wisdom and knowledge. An hogar is a home, it’s where you can sit and chat for hours, you can laugh until your jaw hurts and your eye begin to water, and sing like nobody is watching. That’s exactly the place we visited while in Santa Cruz del Quiche in Guatemala.
A week ago today we visited our wise friends at the Hogar and each of those beautiful residents gave us a piece of them that will be treasured forever. We were greeted with smiles and open arms as soon as we set foot into the activity room. While some showed us their dance moves, others entertained us with the maracas. Many allowed us into their hearts by talking about their families and personal lives. We were in awe of Doña Chenta, whose family lives at the Hogar. Despite her age and small frame this little lady showed us God’s unfailing love and mercy through the care and attentiveness she provides for her husband and son. It was a blessing to see her interact with both since it reminded me of the Holy Family.
During our time at the hogar we could feel and witnessed God’s love flowing between missionaries and residents. We couldn’t help but utter “Thank you, Lord.” Thank you for allowing us to be filled by your love through quality time.
Some photos of our visit to Casa Hogar: