To Opal House Family and Friends,
I’m all in!! After months of prayer and two years involvement in Opal House, I believe I am being called into service at Opal House in Guatemala. This call has been affirmed and confirmed by many who know me and my hearts desire. With 20 years of service to homeless children and 9 years of service to incarcerated prisoners, I believe there can be no doubt as to where my heart strings are being pulled.
My wife, Mary Jean, has also been equally involved in service to the homeless but is not yet ready to pull up stakes and head to Guatemala. She would however bless my going for short term missions (two months at a time) a couple times a year. I believe these trips would allow me to initiate and spearhead projects in Guatemala and plan in between times in the U.S.
My gifts and talents make uniquely qualified to undertake this next phase of life. I am a mentor, a land shaper (knowledgeable in water, soil and plants) and have a keen interest in ecosystems that support each other. I love to operate toys for big boys (earth moving and shaping equipment) and have a good knowledge of Third World (majority world) construction, based on a past life. Vision and planning are part of my everyday process. I enjoy seeing projects completed so they can be used and appreciated to their full potential. Co-creating naturally beautiful environs is second nature and life fulfilling to me.
I love to be of helpful service in small and large ways. To be useful and worthwhile in a compassionate way is life at its essence. To be part of the building up of this safe, life sustaining refuge for widows and orphans is a dream come true. To be involved with people in a working environment that strives toward incredible loving relationships is another dream come true. My enthusiasm and passion can be infectious and prayers follow that pattern.
Who can look at a dirty, hungry child in pain and not want to clean, feed, help, heal and soothe. Will and Diane are people who resonate this compassion and I desire to continue working with them in the fullest capacity that God will provide for and allow. Again I declare, “I’m All In”. I am blessed to have the desire to walk this faith journey and hope the blessing is infectious. Let us never lose sight of He who blesses.
Glen Barde, Opal House board member