Saturday, July 19, 2008

How the Guatemalans cut grass

"Whatever you do, work at it with all you heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." Colossians 3:23
You won't see many lawn mowers around here. We are starting to see a few weed eaters, but they too are rare. The way most Guatemalans cut grass is by using a machete. Not only do people use them to cut their personal grass but the highway department uses them to cut grass along side all of the roads. It is very common to see a road crew out chopping away as we travel. It is sad for us to imagine the hard labor that is involved but it is just a way of life for the people here.
Sergio is not only David's K'ekchi' tutor but he is also the caretaker of our property here. He comes two days a week to help us with odds and ends and also keeps up the grounds. He is an excellent worker and we are proud to have him. He also is our watchman when we are away. He stays here and guards the property for us. He has really been a blessing to us here. He helps us with so many different things. Today while working, he cut the grass. When we first moved here and saw how it was cut we immediately thought, "We have got to buy him a lawnmover!". Over time we realized that this is the way they do it and he is used to it. It is still strange to watch him do it but we too are getting used to it.
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