Zacualpa is a small but busy village in a mountain valley. The village is inhabited by both Quiché Indians and Ladinos (those with mixed European ancestry). The prevalent language is Spanish. Families in this village live in one or two room homes generally constructed of either wood or adobe. Although many of the people are farmers, the village contains several small, specialized stores, a body repair shop for buses, mechanics, plumbers, and many other small-town tradesmen. It also has a large open-air market which serves much of the area. Even with all of this, the poverty level is very high, and the children are very needy.
Hello! I am very excited to be writing this letter to you. I hope your life is filled with many of God’s blessings. My name is Rosa Vitalina Pu Garcia. I live in a town called Zacualpa. I am 5 years old, and I was born on August 22, 2016. My father’s name is Rosalio Pu Gutierrez, and my mother’s name is Santos Garcia Gutierrez. I have 4 brothers and 2 sisters. I do not attend school yet. In my free time, I like to play soccer. My favorite color is red, my favorite animal is a turkey, and my favorite dish is black beans. My mother gave the evangelism team my information over the phone because of COVID-19; they are avoiding as much physical contact as possible to keep everyone safe. My father is a laborer and a farmer, and my mother is a housewife. Sometimes my mother will leave the house to wash people’s clothes for more income. My home is located about a 30-minute walk from the feeding program. The house we live in is rented. We pay Q200 (about 27 USD) a month for rent. The humble house is made of block, the roof is a concrete terrace, and the floor is made of granite. There is 1 room and a separate kitchen. We do have running water, so we obtain water from a well, but we have electricity. As for my health, thank God I am healthy. I am a member of an Adventist Church. I am grateful for God’s love and mercy in my life.
With lots of love,
Rosa Vitalina Pu Garcia
Translated by: Kalyan Marroquin / Missionary Intern