Opal House Volunteer Reviews
Opal House Guatemala is listed on www.GuideStar.org with a full report and current status of our Non Profit Organization. Read what Volunteers said on GuideStar after Visiting and working with Opal House.
My husband and I stayed at Opal House only a couple months after their formation, and we volunteered by helping with painting, yard work, etc. We were so encouraged and inspired by Will and Diane’s faith and approach to international development work that we have continued to support them since 2009 and just last week went down for the second time, this time with our children and extended family, to volunteer more and fellowship with them. Their work for the local Guatemalan people is inspiring and so loving. They are filling crucial gaps that exist in their local community in a sustainable way.
Opal house to me means Holy Ground. This space is truly God centered. Will and Diane are an amazing couple. Their faith and trust in The Lord is unbelievable. I have never experienced anything like Opal House in my life. The children are angelic and so full of love and kindness. Opal House will forever hold a place in my heart.
I came here to visit my 22 year old daughter Maren, who has been living and teaching at Opal House for three months. Her experience here has changed her life forever. I am forever grateful to Will & Diane for making this possible for Maren. Today I experience great love between the children and Maren as she said good bye to each of them. What is happening here at Opal House is truly God’s work, and I am so very blessed to have been a part of it.
I have just returned from my third surgical mission to Opal House in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala. Once again we were able to perform safe, state of the art and life changing orthopedic surgery in what must be the smallest hospital in one of the smallest cities in Guatemala. Opal House Administrators Will and Diane Boegel find time in their never ending days to also function as surgeon and surgery technician. They find Guatemala’s broken children, born disabled or injured and offer them life changing surgery. I don’t think one can put a value on helping a young person out of a wheelchair to where he can communicate eye to eye, or straightening the club foot of a teenage girl where she might begin to imagine herself as being like the other girls in the village. Yet in my thirty years of medical practice the work of Opal House is the most meaningful of my career.
Last year I was able to spend a week with Will and Diane at Opal House. It was an amazing time of encouragement. I felt like a part of the family and a part of their vision. It was so refreshing to be around two people who feel so passionately about what they are doing and about following the call that the Lord has placed on their life. I helped out with a variety of projects–planting/re-foresting, helping with the after school program, cooking, serving breakfast to the children that come before school, cleaning, organizing, gardening. During my stay, It was evident to me that the Lord is using them to bring His light to Guatemala.
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By Maren Talcott