Matthew 11:28  “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

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Santos would be one of those people who truly understands the phrase “heavy laden”.  This 36-year-old married man with three children spends most of his days carrying quite a load.  Santos is a “cargador”.  He makes what living he can carrying fruits and vegetables to the market in Chichicastenango.

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Today, a typical day, Santos was hauling potatoes but as Santos soon found out this was not a typical day.  On this day a smiling member of the Old Town mission team approached him with a ticket.  That ticket allowed him to sit down for an hour and have both his soul filled with the gospel and his stomach filled with a typical Guatemalan meal.

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Image  This was the first ever “Cargadores Appreciation Dinner” in Chichicastenango. For sixty minutes some of the hardest working, most underpaid and underappreciated people in the country of Guatemala were made to feel like kings. For an hour on a Tuesday afternoon, Santos and his fellow cargadores were served by the Old Town team and a group of young people from a local church.

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As he left dinner and headed back to the market Santos kept repeating “muy amable” , very kind.  We echo those words to those of you who are faithfully supporting the work of ASELSI.  Those of you who make things like this dinner possible.  Those of you who ease the burden of people like Santos and give them rest.  Thank you so very much.

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