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I was alone, and you visited me…

This past Saturday we went and visited an elderly home in La Paz to serve them, to encourage them and to spend time with them.  Many of the people in the elderly homes here have been abandoned and they are neglected.  The HOPE volunteers brought food and drinks to fill their stomachs and we sang songs together and sat with them and held their hands and talked with them, which hopefully filled their hearts. It was so neat to see their sad faces fill with joy and watch them come to life.

I brought my camera and my little printer with me so that I could take photos of them and then print them right away and give them a keepsake.  They absolutely loved it, it was so fun to see their eyes light up!


Franz led the group in singing songs with his guitar.



Several of the volunteers helped the elderly peel potatoes

Below are some portraits I took.  I think these women are so beautiful.  I’m reminded of the lyrics to a song called “The Story” by Brandi Carlile

All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I’ve been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don’t mean anything
When you’ve got no one to tell them to
It’s true…



Mariela (one of the volunteers) embracing one of the elderly women


Noelle (one of the volunteers) bringing joy and smiles to everyone around her


MeryLaura (one of the volunteers) embracing one of the elderly women


Group photo!


Me, with one of the elderly gentlemen – PEACE!


Eugenia (one of the volunteers) bringing smiles and laughs


Ludi and Jordan (HOPE worldwide one year volunteers) with one of the elderly women


Franz (one of the volunteers) encouraging the elderly with his guitar

VEmbling_141101_8214VEmbling_141101_8199And below is a video I put together with some of the photos…