On my fourth trip to Guatemala, this year we did a lot physical labor and some easier work as well. I loved this trip.
We gave out shoes to all of the kids in the orphanage. All of the kids cherished them because they use those shoes all year. Although it took a long time to collect all of those shoes, it doesn’t take a long to give them all out. It felt really marvelous to see all of the kids get their shoes because when I used my shoes there in November, they got worn out in one week. So, to see all of the kids only get new shoes once every year, it felt real great. God showed me that we come at the right time when the kids need shoes.
In addition, we collected soccer cleats for all of the kids that play soccer at Casa Bernabe. And every single person that played soccer was given cleats. It was awesome seeing all of the kids having their needs disappear. One kid had been playing with his new shoes and they had gotten muddy. So when he received his cleats, he was really excited. I saw God when one person didn’t have their size, so Ben gave him his cleats and they fit perfectly.
One other project that we worked on was organizing food and giving it out to the people in Jocotillo. On Wednesday we spent all day organizing food to hand out, such as beans, rice, corn, oil, salt, sugar, protein powder and coffee. Then, Thursday, we went to Jocotillo and handed out all of the food to the villagers. It felt terrific to see the people getting food because they were so needy. I saw God when they were just so happy to get the food and He was providing for their needs.
Friday, we woke up at 4:30am and ate breakfast and went to Pacaya. At Pacaya, we hiked for three and a half hours. It was very steep, cold and windy. Once we made it to the top, there was a Lava Store which sold bracelets, necklaces and all sorts of jewelry that were made out of dried magma. I bought a cross necklace made out of magma. At the very top, we were able to slide down a little bit of it on our feet. It felt exhilarating to be able to run down, but it also felt terrible when I face planted. I saw God when Marlon was willing to get up that early to drive us to Pacaya, when he could have slept in. It was very kind and loving of Marlon.
Our trip was good.
God is great.
And beans and eggs
were all I ate.