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Postcards from the field -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Postcards from the field

Volunteers see firsthand the impact a house can have on a family




I’m a small-business owner, which gives me the flexibility to lead two or three Global Village teams each year. Since 2006, I have led 12 teams to Guatemala and El Salvador.

I like returning to the same countries to build. I can visit families I have worked with in previous years and expand our friendship. I try to visit Julio Ixtamer and Berta Sulugui in San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala, each year. They own the first home I helped build. Julio and Berta had three children when I first met them. Now they have five, and I have enjoyed seeing them grow and flourish.

Julio, a weaver, shows Global Village groups how he weaves rayon by hand, comparing the weaving motion to a dance. The visitors then have the opportunity to make purchases, which provides an economic boost for the family.

A tourist never gets to know the locals or play with their children the way a Habitat volunteer does. There are plenty of tears and hugs between newly found friends as we bid each other farewell at the end of each build. The participants have invested their hearts in the places and the people, and they are likely to return.

Many volunteers become passionate about the ministry of Habitat. Blessings abound, and we find that we have received as much, or more, than we have given.


See you in the field!
Willie Nemeth
Maumee, Ohio


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