My Trip Reflection: Kate

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On September 1, 2016
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Sweat dripped down my brow and snaked down my back as I scampered down the alleyway, careful not to trip on an upturned rock. The sun scorched the top of my head but I paid no mind to it as I focused on the task at hand, beating these kids at soccer. I flashed a hard earned smile towards my brother before quickly kicking the ball his way. Rejected! Axel, one of the older boys, intercepted my pass and swiftly dribbled the ball away from us. He shot it past two trashcans and the ball slammed into the wall of a house shaking its tin core. I grimaced and hoped […]
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Jim: Raul’s Story

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On August 11, 2014
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Raul was homeless and alone at age eight. Potter’s House has established a network of community leaders who are trained to support and encourage people in the community. It was a community leader that took in Raul and now introduces herself as his Mom. She is a true hero. These situations are common in a community where tragedy is routine and half the families are lead by single mothers. I worked and played with Raul every day this week and as our last day arrived I knew that I may not see him again. A lot happens in the garbage dump community and there is no guarantee I will return […]
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Allie: What a Guatemalan boy named Jesús taught me

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On August 11, 2014
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Before going on this trip, I tried to prepare myself for what I would come to see in Guatemala. Of course, I had known about the tremendous poverty, but when I saw it with my own eyes, it moved straight from my head to my heart. This was the kind of thing you read about, maybe pray for every once in a while, but then move on with your thoughts. Right away, I knew God brought me here for a reason. I was part of House 2 of the three houses built. Oscar (25) and Linda (24) had a daughter named Lindsey (8) and a son named Steven (4). Their […]
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Cheryl: Dedication Day is the Best Part Of The Week

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On August 9, 2014
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This is my second trip to Guatemala to build cinder block homes for families who live in the garbage dump through an amazing organization called Potter’s House. Last year, I went with my daughter Melissa and youngest son Mitch. This year, I was blessed to attend with my entire family including my husband Mike and oldest son Michael. Doing this experience as a family means so much more to me than words can describe. We all participated in scraping, spackling, mixing/hauling cement and painting along side with the new homeowners. As we worked we got to know this precious family and formed a special bond. Even though we speak different […]
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I Will Come Back A Different Person

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On August 8, 2014
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And so, after years of sending our boys (now men) on mission trips each summer, I am now on my first mission trip—miles from Bartlett in Guatemala City at Potter’s House Association serving “the treasures” in the Potter’s House community. Forty-one Chicago suburbanites building three cinder block houses, hosting a medical clinic staffed by three physicians, painting at the community center, doing prayer walks, and the list goes on and on. I was told “I would come back a different person”. I thought to myself I am pretty kind, compassionate and generous now. How wrong I was, oh, how wrong I was! I have learned more this week about serving […]
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