Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Story Behind The Picture...for Jaime

La Malinche is an extinct volcano located near the city of Puebla, in Mexico.

The Tlaxcalan Indians make the side of this volcano their home, in a village they call Tlalcosteptl.

From the top of the volcano you can look down into the heart of Puebla, a city with over 5 million people.

The people of Tlalcosteptl have no electricity or running water.

The majority of their homes are made from dried corn stalks.

I visited this village for the first time nearly 20 years ago.

My life was changed forever.

Jamie asked the following questions about the picture:

"Are they married?"

Yes, they are married.

"Is the lamb a pet?"

Only until it is old enough to provide meat for the family.

"Is this the only room they have?"

It's all the living space they have, yes.

They do have another place where they do their cooking.

"Did they have dinner?"

Probably not.

Their diet consists of beans and tortillas, and even that is rationed.
Meat is used only for special occasions.

We built some experimental greenhouses and planted a crop of potatoes in hopes of improving their diet.

"Do they sleep?"

They go to bed when the sun sets and wake up when the sun rises.

I imagine they sleep soundly, as their entire day is filled with hard work, just trying to survive.

"Do they know about God and Jesus and the Bible?"

They believe in God. They have no church in which to worship God.

The majority of the people don't read; if they had a Bible it would be of no use to them.

I believe in my heart that God must have an extra measure of love for these people.

How could He not?


Tia said...


Brynn said...

That helps put things into perspective. Most of us don't know how good we have it.

adrienzgirl said...

What an awesome experience for you Noelle!

Annie said...

Mientras nosotros debemos agradecerle a Dios por todo lo que tenemos ya que hay personas que pasan muchas necesidades.

MultiplesandMore said...

wow.. thanks for sharing this. It's so easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget that people are living on this planet that survive with so much less than what we have.. and I wonder, are we that much happier?

Poornima said...

Nice pics n a nice blog

Keith and Jamie said...

Thank you so much for answering my questions...sometimes we do forget how wonderful we have it. I could not imagine living the way they do. I really appreciate your openess in sharing your experience. May God continue to bless you, as you have blessed me through your exxperience.

A girl needs 2 Talk said...

Okay, the romance in my imagination was madness. This is heart-wrenching.

20 years BACK?? How old were you? 2? NO- 14?? How come you went to so many places? Wow. I am impressed!