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May 11, 2010


Thoughts from a Farmer

by carrollministry

Growing up as a farm girl from rural Montana, I am used to big John Deere Tractors, combines, and large herds of cattle. As we drove from the airport in Guatemala City today, I was amazed when I saw a couple of cows on the side of the road just outside the city – no fences or electrical wire to keep them in. These were not cows like we have at home in Montana (fat and happy from the bales of hay). Their skeletons protruded through their skin as they scrounged for some left-over grass to feed from.

Although there were many things that I will keep in my heart from walking around the Mission and the city of Santo Tomas, I will never forget how very different the simple fact of “farming” can be.  These people farm for survival. They farm to feed their families who are already often undernourished.

It is truly a gift to be here. Hopefully as the days go by my Spanish will come back to me a little better! Dios te Bendiga (God Bless)

–       Peace, Heidi Linhart

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  1. Warmer there than here
    May 12 2010

    Well i guess you will just have to tell them about the farming in Montana! Talk us up! 🙂

    I Miss you and can’t wait till you get back.


    your husband

  2. Karen Grove
    May 13 2010

    Chris I love you post!!! I am sure it not only made Heidi’s day, but her parents’ as well!

    Heidi we have so much to be thankful for in our country….. Good luck as you experience accross that bridge in the ‘farming’ life. 🙂 Ag on a whole different scale.

    Remember that WITH our types of farming here….. we just have more responsibility…. to feed more people!!!

    Give some sweet little family a hug from Dad & Mom!

  3. Alex McDonald
    May 17 2010

    Hello Love! You are so amazing for dedicating your time down in Guatemala! Everyone is so blessed to have you there for them! Love you!


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