Just inside the security gate of Oakland community sits the Pan Pan Bakery, a brisk ten minute walk from our comfy mission house.
Yesterday morning we walked to Pan Pan and got donuts for breakfast. It was a peaceful walk, just the ladies of our team on a beautiful, cool morning. We chatted and laughed up and back. All of the guys at the house were happy to see those boxes upon our return. Just a treat for our team.
36 donuts x Q5 each = Q180
As I lay in bed this morning, I thought again about the donuts. But this time it was in the context of spending time with my family yesterday. They are good, hardworking people. They don't ask for handouts and don't live a life of excess. They are thankful for all of the blessings around them.
On the days when the sons worked as construction laborers, they earned Q100 for 8 hours of work. Laying blocks, digging holes, 8 hours a day for just Q100. It would cost almost 2 days wages for the donuts that I bought as a treat to our team. 10% of their monthly income would be spent at the bakery.
I don't know what else to say because that is their reality. It's the difference between the haves and the have-nots in Guatemala. The difference between opportunity and survival. I want to help give more opportunities.