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Guatemala Mission Trip Day 5

The children, or “chicos” in Spanish, were beyond excited to see us this morning. Our morning was filled with mostly playing: soccer, serving food, nail painting, and jump rope. We shared some about our lives in the United States and they shared about their culture with us and even gave us beautiful drawings. A highlight was being able to lead the children in a time of worship, in both English and Spanish. Listening to children sing the words to “How Great is Our God” in the midst of the trials they face every day is a moving experience.

We are all blown away by the patience, love, and gratitude the children had for us. At every meal, they wait for sometimes 10-15 minutes with their food in front of them until all the children are served and the prayer has been said. They seem to never cease expressing gratefulness for what God has given them. We saw this first-hand as we went into 3 different homes in the community today. We watched in awe as a father expressed gratitude for all that God has blessed him with, regardless of the fact that they lived on dirt, had no running water, and worked long hours for very little. We listened as a mother explained how thankful she was that we had cared enough to visit. She said, “no one like you has come to visit me before”. The overarching theme that every family expressed was one of thanks to God for his many blessings to them.

I believe I can speak for the team in saying that we all agree that this gratitude is contagious. As we prepare to return to our comfortable lives full of hot water, hardwood floors, jobs that pay more than $100 a month, and actual kitchen appliances, this simple but important lesson of thankfulness has invaded our thoughts. Although we came to spread God’s love to others, God, abounding in love and an abundance of grace, showed us love through the actions of children, of whom do not even speak our language. How amazing is that? 

Prayer requests:

  • For the health and hygiene of many children who face malnutrition and lice as a normal occurrence.
  • For the children who so desperately need someone to love them. 
  • That they would feel our prayers and know God loves them.
  • For all the coordinators of Ambi and HopeChest—that God will make His vision clear to them for the children in Guatemala.
  • For the team, as we all process what God has taught us and is still teaching us during this time.
  • For the team’s health and safety as we drive 3 hours tomorrow. 
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Guatemala Mission Trip Day 3

This morning was our last time with the children in Verbana. There were about 60 children at the site. We were able to give a presentation to the children on our culture, families, and churches. The children asked questions and were eager to learn! After, they gave a presentation on Christmas in Guatemala, and even served us food. If you can believe it, this all happened in a 10 by 15 foot room! We got to play more and talk with the children, thanks to our amazing translators who have been with us every step of the way. We were blown away by the love of the children and their meaningful goodbyes! 

After our last morning at the center in Verbana, we drove across the city to a nice outdoor mall for lunch. There, we were able to meet Ana, who is the organizer of Ambi the programs in Guatemala. Ana shared her vision and hope for the future of the organization. Her heart for the children was amazing—she radiates Christ and inspired us all. 

As I write, we are on a 3.5 hour drive, through HEAVY Guatemalan traffic, to our next location—Tecpan. This is a rural community in the mountains, very close to a few active volcanos. We are excited to see what God has in store for us tomorrow. 

Please join us in praying:

  • For the strengthening of faith in Ana’s family as she has just lost her husband to cancer. 
  • For the hard decisions Ana will soon have to make. 
  • For the new site we will be at tomorrow and the lives of the children. 
  • That the children in Tecpan will be comfortable and receptive to our presence. 
  • That we can be a blessing to the children and staff. 
  • For safety for the team and children throughout our activities. 
  • That God will grow the humility in our own hearts as we minister to those in need. 
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