I became involved with Opal House in it's first two years of existence with fundraising help. Then in 2009, I joined the board and now serve as Treasurer. I greatly stepped up my commitment to this transparent and very lean charitable Mission when I donated my large truck filled with machines for the farm and drove to Opal House from Seattle in May 2009. None of the board members nor DR Will and Diane Boegel receive salaries for this special children's mission with a super low overhead.
I have since spent nearly two months a year volunteering at Opal House each year, spearheading development of a large farm and also cooking and serving the many podiatric and orthopedic surgeons who spend an intense week every February reconstructing the bones of impoverished children in this country without a Children's hospital. Dr Will, Diane and all of the surgical volunteers make a real difference in the lives of countless children every year, both with medical and surgical care, but also with their religious and educational Montessori schools.
I am privileged to serve this Christian Mission serving the poor of Guatemala.
We met Will and Diane several years ago and were interested in seeing what they were doing in Guatemala. My husband and I went down to visit and see firsthand what all they were doing in Guatemala. We were impressed by their love of the people and their desire to reach the local communities with tangible demonstrations of love. They are doing school for local children and feeding them lunch, while they are there for the 1/2 day. They weekly had rotating children groups spend the night and give them beds, showers and dinner and breakfast also. Jobs are few, but they are able to provide work for local men to build and plant and harvest at a higher than local wage. They also had an abandoned mother and 2 children living on the property helping her to learn skills that could provide income for her family. I went twice with Dr. Boegel to help at a local clinic where he offers his medical skills several times/week. We observed the genuine love the people have for this couple. We were challenged ourselves in how they are giving themselves away to love and serve the poor in Guatemala.