Guatemala in the First 48 Hrs.
the first 48 hrs of this trip have seemed like a lifetime. I don´t think i have ever been more nervous to do anything in my whole life. Still to this moment I have to keep reminding myself ¨I AM IN GUATEMALA!!¨
We arrived in Guatemala City after a 4 hr flight and I was pleasently surprised to find out that we were going to stay at a compind instead of taking a bus 3 more hours to our actualy destination. WE met out fealess evangelistic leader Pastor Louis, who welcomed 40 somthing American missionaries into his humble home. He and his family have graciously cooked us breakfast, lunch and dinner. OH and did I mention, the food here... Amazing. We spent most of the day relaxing and bonding as a team and doing random activities together. I spent most of the time watching a serious 4 square tornument and playing soccer with the fellas. By the end of the day i honestly think i could have fallen asleep standing up, the altitude and jet lag are something serious. We ended the day with a small group meeting and devotional. All 5 of the girls in our room were zonked in 5 min.
Day 2 was as equally long. I feel like maybe the minuates are longer here, or maybe the hustle of my crazy life has been removed and i can actually enjoy time instead of checking another day off the calender. We started ouyr day by having a quiet time, then an all team devotional with breakfast. This consisted of a few of us sharing our favorite verses and sharing what they mean to us. i shared Psalms 62 1-2. shortly afterwards we went to an all spanish church. Then hoped on out buses and headed for San Juan. San Juan is a beautiful small town full of life. It is so crazy to think this life has been completly unknown to me until now. As we rode along a tiny twisting one way road through the mountains i could feel my heart shifting. The simplicity of everything here is mind blowing. People everywhere. Men, women, children,and wild dogs all living a life so forgein to me.
We we able to spend a little time interacting with children today...YIKES. If any of you know me this is WAY out of my comfort zone. The best i have to offer these children is a smile and game of soccer.
Last night I sat on a rooftop that overlooks the whole city, a lake and a few volcanos. There was a slight storm working its way over the mountain tops brining in a welcomed cool breeze as well as the most breath taking light show i have ever seen. The lightening was lighting up the sky behind the clouds. As i sat there writing and reflecting i can hear a church service echoing off the mountains. People are praising our big and wonderful God using only their voices. It has been one of the most beautiful moments of my life. everything from my world has been striped away. Everything except My God and a hand full of faithful brothers and sisters. Two days down and its been an experience i will never forget.