The Bates Family

Guatemala Part 3

by Kelly on March 24, 2011


While the boys (with Mr. Dempster and his sons) worked on excavating dirt for a home site for a family in need, the girls and Mrs. Dempster worked on making food baskets to deliver to needy families. IMG_4976

They enjoyed time spent with the children in the schools and orphanage, but they especially loved the time spent taking the children to McDonald’s or taking pizza to them at the park (The Dempster Family constantly thought of new ways to treat the Guatemalan children to something special). Our children noticed how very unselfish these children are. Most had never eaten out and would only eat a portion of their food, saving the majority of it to share IMG_4934with friends and family.

Not only were they unselfish, but they were immensely grateful! A small toy from a happy meal was enough to delight them for the entire week. They still were clutching their toy days later, but were willing to pass it to the other children to give each ample opportunity to play!







{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Casey March 24, 2011 at 3:24 pm

What an awesome opportunity! Great pictures, and great post!


Lila Huggins March 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Hi Kelly,
Thank you so much for sharing your AWESOME family with us!

God Bless You!
Miss Lila in Atlanta


sara( italy) March 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm

The Dempsters seem to be a very special family.I think they are a wonderful example for all of us, not only because they help these kids and families in need and love God,they also give the Bates the chance to do the same.The Bates are lucky to have friends like the Dempsters,God bless this big-hearted family!


Anna March 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Looks like they had a great time! Makes you feel like we are losing appreciation for the simply things in life…what a great reminder!


Dave and Kristy Edmisten March 25, 2011 at 2:43 am

What a beautiful testimony! Here in America we often take for granted what we do have! For example, how many McDonald’s toys do you think end up in the trash? And in Guatemala, they’re treasured as a priceless possession! Reminds me of the verse to “Be thankful in all circumstances.” How true!
Thanks for sharing!


Kay Walter March 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm

What a wonderful opportunity for Lawson, Nathan, Alyssa and Tori to help in such a deserving mission. With all of the bad news on TV, it’s an inspiration to click on your web site and be uplifted each day. Now that 4 of the kids have passports, I hope you are still considering a visit to Niagara Falls!!!


Jennifer B. March 26, 2011 at 3:41 am

Thanks for sharing your pics. It makes me happy to see people doing good for others. Do any of your kids feel that the Lord has called them to serve as missionaries in the future?


Miss Linda March 26, 2011 at 11:26 am

I have sincerely enjoyed reading about your children’s activities in Guatemala. Thank you for sharing it with us!


T. Gates March 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm

This brought me to tears and reminded me of how selfish we here in America really are! We have SO MANY things that we could do without in order to help others more! Thanks for sharing!


Lynn March 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm

It is always nice to see the great accomplishments your family and friends have done. Thank you for the testimony and pictures of such a terrific experience!! God Bless!!


Marlana Ward March 29, 2011 at 2:20 am

Is there a way to make a small donation to the mission in Guatemala that your family and the Dempster family worked with?

Thank you for posting the pictures and sharing :)


Meghan Dempster March 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Donations can be made to the school – Escuela Integrada – by visiting the website Thank you for your interest!
Meghan Dempster


Desirae Clopper March 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm

What a wonderful oppurtunity! The kids are so precious!


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