Ten years ago I became involved with Bluewater Surrender opening up new opportunities that I have enjoyed tremendously. Going to another country on a mission trip opened my eyes grew my faith.
In 2014, Jeff and our daughters, Kate and Diana went as a family to Guatemala where we met Suzi, in the above video. . I fell in love with Suzi and don’t even speak Spanish. We bonded as she held her baby sister like she was her mother. She and I read our bibles together -my English and her Spanish version. We smiled and nodded.
Suzi's Story Her father died in the woods, leaving her mother alone to raise 4 daughters. Sadly, she was forced to sell old one of the girls for money to feed the others. One night, she and Suzi’s grandma got into a violent fight bringing the police who rescued the three sisters and brought them to a safe children's home. This kind of story happens often and Guatemala has few government services to help. I returned and saw Suzi again in 2016 and 2018. She's a great student and growing up into a lovely young woman. Her home since we met is the same children's home.
In 2018, Bluewater Surrender opened their children’s home called Casa Agua Azul, meaning Home of Blue Water. Jerry and Griese Makepeace, the bilingual Guatemalan house parents, and several other part time staff take care of the 17 children ages 1-13.
The directors of Bluewater Surrender, Gail and Ted Gordon, are our friends. We partner financially and volunteer many hours helping BWS. The benefit scheduled April 25th was to be our largest fundraiser to date, but has been changed to this virtual fundraiser
This is an especially difficult situation because the home depends on this fundraiser for a great deal of its annual budget. The Children's Home and the kids need your help.
100% of your donation to this virtual fundrasier goes to the children. The only paid staff are those who work at Casa Agua Azul in Guatemala who's monthly wages average $200-$250 a month. There are no paid employees here in the U.S - all volunteer.
Our dollars go very far in Guatemala, and farther in changing a child’s life.
Thank you and God Bless you,
Christi & Jeff Dupre