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Kim’s beautiful condo home

Recently I traveled to Antigua, Guatemala, for the first time. Although I want to travel all around the world, Guatemala was never on my radar. But it was a “God thing.” I’m writing a Guatemala blog series to show you the beautiful pictures and to share about the amazing things God did there. This is Blog #8,  Kim’s beautiful condo home. You can read my other blogs in this Guatemala Blog Series at the end of this post. 

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Kim Rogers

Kim Rogers

Once in awhile, someone comes across your path who powerfully impacts you. Last year, I befriended one such person on Facebook —Kim Rogers. Kim has an incredible story, which is included in the Epilogue of my book for sale on Amazon, Signs of God’s Love: Finding Hope in the Midst Of Crisis

Kim Rogers, Heart for Guatemala

Kim Rogers
Founder, Heart for Guatemala

Known locally as the “Ambassador to Antigua,” Kim has influenced more than 60 people to visit the city, leveraging tourism to share her vision of creating economic and educational opportunities for the people of Guatemala. 

Kim is founder and owner of the not-for-profit organization, Heart for Guatemala, which helps to provide disadvantaged children with food, education, and school supplies. 

Heart for Guatemala logo

Heart for Guatemala logo

You can donate to Heart for Guatemala here, buy Guatemalan specialty coffee here to help local women who produce it (it is great coffee and comes in a cute, colorful bag!), or take vision trips here to see this beautiful land yourself, “The Land of Eternal Spring.” I traveled there from November 2-10, 2020, the first time I’d ever been there and I hope to go again soon.

Toward the end of my week in Antigua as I was preparing to go home to the USA, Kim and her boyfriend Stan Edwards urged me to stay longer. Kim said a week wasn’t nearly long enough to see and experience Guatemala. She wanted to show me around more. I had booked my beautiful Air BnB only until Sunday that week, and my money was running out!

Stan and Kim with lemonade at Guatemalan restaurant

Stan and Kim with lemonade at Guatemalan restaurant

She and Stan generously invited me to stay at Kim’s beautiful condo home in Jocotenango free, and Stan said no worries, they’d even feed me! (And Stan is an amazing cook!) After praying about it and sensing this is what God wanted me to do, I agreed, packed up my bags, and my driver Allan took me to their lovely house.

It was the right decision, and I am so glad that I stayed! Just one of the unexpected things God did through me while I was there was helping to feed the hungry people at Parque Central with Mario’s Project–what an honor!

I love Kim’s and Stan’s place. This blog post with pics gives you a virtual tour. Enjoy!

Kim had visited Guatemala numerous times, when on her last visit there, she spontaneously decided to buy a house there! With the proceeds of her house in America that she sold, Kim bought a beautiful condo home in Jocotenango, that is about 20 minutes from Antigua where I stayed at an Air BnB. Kim said most of the rental houses and homes for sale come furnished there in Guatemala. Hers did, too. This amazed me. She found the home with the help of her friend Jorge Urratia, who works for the real estate agency, JorgesList.

Her home has a lot of light and terra cotta stone tile, both which I love. Kim has changed a few things since I visited them and bought more furniture, like her desk (which she will use to write her books, hint hint! LOL!). Here is her living room, with lights at Christmas time–so pretty and inviting!

Living room with Christmas lights

Living room with Christmas lights

These colorful birds on top of the kitchen cabinets are popular in Guatemala. Kim had two already and wanted a third one when I visited her. She bartered with a woman at the local artisan market. I think they look so cute! 

owls

owls

I admired so many things about Kim’s home, like the pottery and dishes she had displayed on shelves in her kitchen. Stan had put salt in a little, plain, clay bowl, but I thought it looked so cute.

I also greatly admired Kim’s purple, colorful fabric placemats with matching napkins. She laughed and gave them to me as a gift to take home. I was so happy about this! Guatemalans make beautiful clothing and other items in bright colors. The native dress of the Mayans there, which is called traje, varies by village and language group (22 Mayan groups).

The intent of the way they dress is to preserve their rich culture history. The purple placemats with the other vivid colors is a sample of what you might find for sale in the local markets, along with quality-made, colorful clothing. (Be sure to barter or to have someone barter for you to not get “gringo” (foreigner) prices!)

kitchen

kitchen

clay salt dish and purple placemats

clay salt dish and purple placemats

pretty candle

pretty candle

kitchen window

kitchen window

kitchen sink

kitchen sink

Many of the homes in Guatemala, especially among the poorer people, don’t have washers and dryers–especially dryers. You see the women hang-drying the clothes on lines outside their homes. Some women have to come to the park to wash their clothes in the public wash.

Kim and Stan are blessed to have a home with a compact washer and dryer as seen below, a nice fridge and gas stove, and a double sink in the kitchen. I forgot to ask if they had a trash disposal or dishwasher. Those probably would be considered luxuries in Guatemala. 

washer and dryer

washer and dryer

When I visited, Stan was using the kitchen bar to work on his laptop. The bar came with the wine glass rack and wine glasses, which I thought was so pretty. Stan has now moved his office upstairs to the guest bedroom. When she told me this, I teased Kim, “Does that mean I can’t come visit you any more?”

Kim bought a desk and chair to put in the living room to work on her laptop and moved the pretty Eco water filter by the back door. These filters were made just for Guatemala to purify the water. It is safe to drink the water out of them. She also bought a big white board and hung it above the filter. Her kitchen is painted a cheery yellow.

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Do you have a “one word” yet for 2021? Here is mine.

2021

Do you have a “one word” yet for 2021? I started doing this a few years ago, to set a “theme” and a focus for the whole year, instead of making New Year’s resolutions (which were usually broken before January was over!). 

It seems the “one word” comes as I’m just going about my day, doing routine things or praying. I ask God for the word that HE desires for me. I’m always tested on the word by God!

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At the end of December 2019, I received the word, “hope,” for 2020. At the time I didn’t understand why God gave me that specific word. Now I get it, looking back over the crazy, chaotic, fearful year of 2020. Every day, I needed to have hope in Jesus!

As I’ve been praying the last few days to prepare for 2021, I’ve received an impression or what I call “a nudge from God” of the word “steward.” It is a serious word. 

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Expect the unexpected: Feeding the hungry in Guatemala

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Recently I traveled to Antigua, Guatemala, for the first time. Although I want to travel all around the world, Guatemala was never on my radar. But it was a “God thing.” I’m writing a Guatemala blog series to show you the beautiful pictures and to share about the amazing things God did there. This is Blog #7, Expect the unexpected: Feeding the hungry in Guatemala. You can read my other blogs in this Guatemala Blog Series at the end of this post. 

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Before I went to Guatemala, my friend Dana Arcuri (speaker, author, and wellness coach on YouTube) was praying for me about my trip there. One morning she received an exciting word for me about the trip: “Expect the unexpected!” That is exactly what happened, in more ways than one! You can listen to her interview of me about this amazing trip on YouTube here.

When it was nearing the end of my trip in Antigua, Guatemala, my new friends Kim Rogers and Stan Edwards encouraged me to stay longer there. Kim said a week was simply NOT enough time to visit Guatemala! She is so right. They invited me to stay at their beautiful home in Jocotenango, which is close to Antigua.

Stan and Kim with lemonade at Guatemalan restaurant

Stan and Kim with lemonade at Guatemalan restaurant

I told them that I wanted to stay, but I had only booked my Air BnB in Antigua until Sunday and I was running out of money for my trip! They generously said that I could stay at their house free of charge and they’d feed me! (Stan is a great cook, by the way!)

Kim & me on her home's terrace, drinking coffee

Kim & me on her home’s terrace, drinking coffee

So, after praying about it and felt a peace from God that this was what He wanted me to do, I contacted the airline and rescheduled my flight to stay two days longer in Guatemala. Kim told me that the day I was scheduled to leave (Sunday), her friend Maureen Mckeon, a former Delta airline flight attendant, was volunteering at Parque Central (Central Park) with her friends to feed poor, hungry people. 

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