The second annual Children's orthopedic surgical week at the San Lucas hospital was hosted by Dr Will and Diane Boegel February 2nd through 8th. 25 patients received free reconstructive leg surgery and at least two legs were saved with surgery.
The Harriet Shrontz Montessori school at Opal House has opened after a year and a half of construction! A wonderful gathering of 225 celebrated the special blessing to the community on Sunday February 10th, 2013. We even served our specially prepared home raised 300lb pig. Deacon Nate Bacon, from the San Francisco archdiocese, now based in Xela, Guatemala blessed the community gathered, the school and the Holy Ground overlooking Lake Atitlan. An all female Marimba band played beautiful music for 3 hours. The classes began Monday the 11th with twenty 3, 4 and 5 year old preschoolers in a classic Montessori curriculum. This school is specially named in honor of my dear friend, Harriet Shrontz, deceased this last year who wanted a special blessing for the children that we serve in Guatemala. We all have been blessed by the Shrontz family and all of our Friends of Opal House.
Saturday June 23rd 5 pm at the home of Rick and Jean Curtin
22817 NE 74th St Redmond Wa 98053(on Union Hill)
RSVP to Glen Barde 206 255-8596
Come celebrate our 5th anniversary and see the new changes and the growing community that we serve
Diane will be there to represent Opal House - I'll make it next time :-)
The foundation and footings are going in and the 2 story building will be a blessing to the children of this community. We need funding for the rest of the building (walls, second floor, windows, bathroom, kitchen and large roof) We anticipate serious wall and interior construction beginning in October, 2011. Please also consider donating used laptops that cna be used for our kids computer lab-we are looking for 6 total in good working condition that just need a little updating or refurbishing. Please see photos in the School Progress Navigation bar.
The land has been graded and the footings poured with water and power in ground. We need school supporters! Please help make this school a reality for the local children who desperately need education. Also consider donating used laptops for the computer lab in the new school. See "School Progress" for pictures.
On Easter Monday, April 25th, the chapel was dedicated and officially opened to our community by Monsignor Gregorio of the San Lucas Parroquia. This is our First Fruits to the Opal House mission, a place where our children learn about the Word of God. This is also a very tranquil place for retreats and overnight stays for visitors.
We are very grateful to the Holy Spirit and our Friends of Opal House who made this happen. The official name is the Peace Chapel or Capilla de la Paz.
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
At the Raaum household on English Hill at 17015 NE 135th court, Redmond Wa 98052 at Saturday, April 4th at 5 pm, 425-885-7713.
No entry fee. Donations are tax deductible
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