I’m now feeling home sick and kinda ready to go home. I am truly missing my hubby and children, and just ready to pack up and head home. Oh wait.. I still have 4 more days on this mission sooo I have to remember why I’m here and that I’ll see them very soon…
Back to street ministry.
There are so many people in Guatemala that are poor and hungry. They beg for you to buy from them. Often times they will literally stand at your table while you are eating waiting for you buy something. They rely on the tourist and missionaries for a source of income.
The luxury we take for granted theycan only dream about.
The night before we spent preparing ziploc bags filled with toiletries and gifts, got into groups and prepared lessons for the children in the orphanage and had devotion time with the other missionaries.
Getting up early for the third day in a row, we got ready and were in route to teach the days of the week to 2nd graders in the Orphanage. Many of them are happy to see new visitors, yet some were very reluctant to speak. In missions we believe that we should meet their needs(food,water)before we approach them with anything about our mission.
There’s a church in the rural town of Guatemala where many of the people live off the remains of the landfill. You can see little kids digging through the trash, searching for food and items to sell.
Many of the house are made from recycled materials and have limited power if any. Some have cars, yet many on horses. The village was built on a cliff, so in order for our group to travel we had to do so by foot.
We are still doing home visit in the villages along with a local pastor. Many of the villages had soldiers with shotguns and semiautomatic weapons.
I accidentally left my water at the orphanage. At this point the sand and dust is so strong that I had to borrow water from other missionaries. As it gets later and later, the more the wind and dust begin to almost choke me dry, and the smell of garbage is starting to make met want to vomit. Yet, God is working on my heart. I never thought I would experience the sacrifice of not having enough water to drink. This experience is truly humbling. Never anything for granted. Often times we start drinking a bottle of water, drink a little and then just throw it away. With the luxury of living in a rich country such as The United States, it’s easy to take things for granted
After seeing the tears in the mother’s eyes who hasn’t worked in weeks with no food and limited electricity smile with tears when given a bag of food from the missionaries, I am nothing less than humbled and grateful. One of the things she said that touched my heart was “I know the Lord would make a way”…. tears!!!
Yes God has made a way…
Why did I decide to go forth in missions. Actually, at the age of 18 I went down to the local Peace Corps office and signed up for international travel to help and assist those less fortunate. Little did I know, the average mission was a 2 year time frame. I instantly said well I can’t do that because I always believed that I wanted to be a full-time hairstylist. So, I said “one day when the timing is better I’ll go”. Fast forward to today. I’m on my flight to Guatemala, and now alot has changed. I’m now a wife, mother of 2 amazing boys, and successful business woman and Coach. I decided it’s never too late to check a goal off your wishlist. Knowing my family is home praying and cheering me on, as I pursue my dreams of international ministry.
God is truly up to something.
Up at 5:50am…
We woke up early to go on a hike to a Volcano, a little adventure, before we toured a convent here in Guatemala. On our one hour ride to the volcano, I was able to reflect on my time so far.
The locals here are very focused on working; everyone has a job even down to the kids… There is not much begging, but more so marketing of handmade products.
One of my favorite things about Antigua is the cobblestone streets and the vibrant stone buildings.
Yesterday, I crossed paths with 2 individuals who have a vision of education, who I prayed over. It was divine that our paths crossed because my passion is education and empowerment.
I felt humbled and filled with compassion every time I was able to share the love of God.
Today, we went to a village on Pacaya Volcano where we hiked the near by mountain and mingled with the natives. The hike was very long, it took nearly 4 hours to get up the mountain. It was a beautiful hike with jet black soil at our feet with about 40 healing plants growing throughout. One in which was called the cheese leaf that is a preservation plant. It is said to have the ability to preserve cheese for a week without refrigeration. We were also able to ride horses through the mountains.
During the hike we explored the volcano ash from the 2012 volcano which destroyed around 1200 houses, equal to an entire village! Yet to stand in the presence of such devastation, God began to minister to me that amazing beauty can be a result of what once was a place of devastation. God can even use the fragments of devastation as souvenirs, make YOUR pain and mess into a message and reveal YOUR fire and fog as the favor of God in a greater future.
To experience the sacrifice of your money to travel through mission…to overcome the fear of an unknown place .. to volunteer and somehow put yourself in harms way somehow strengthens the connection to your faith in God.
I am blessed to be on this missional journey!
Have you considered your brother? Have you considered the neighbor next to you? Maybe even the person 10 miles from your neighborhood? Do you ever consider the needs of others outside of yourself? Often times, we focus on our 4 and no more, but there’s more to life than your isolated lifestyle. Sure we all have bills and social obligations to handle. “I mind my business, I stay in my lane…no one messes with me and I don’t mess with them.” We say unbothered by the silent suffering so many experience right under our noses.
Since the fact remains there’s someone or something how has a greater need than ourselves… the next question is what can we do? Simply put, consider your brother, the members of your family, your neighbors, your community, and the companies we work for. To create a missional attitude to save and win those searching for peace and answers to a prosperous life.
Can you imagine how awesome it could be if just your entire neighborhood was debt free, walking in divine health, and every single need met. Wow! I just pictured that on the canvas of my imagination. What a glorious thought!
The next question is how do we begin a missional lifestyle? How much will it cost? Will it take a lot of time? And the answer is Yes it will cost you something. It’s time to stop while at the grocery and ask someone if you can pay for their groceries, letting someone over in traffic with a happy smile or purchase someone’s coffee and tell them that God loves them. You can be the answer in a dieing world.
More and more people around us have lost hope in humanity and most importantly, they have lost faith in God.
We are the change we seek. We can do something! We hold the key to someone’s future when we show love with random acts of kindness.
Yes! One person at a time, with the mission of hope, to change the next generation.
As I sit here on my flight to Guatemala, I can recall reading an excerpt from Mother’s Teresa’s book where she explained
life as a missionary and a gentleman who hadn’t experienced a simple handshake in 10 years and how blessed he felt to experience that simple act of kindness. This excerpt has inspired me to take this journey to South America to visit orphanages and schools in Guatemala to share simple acts of kindness, as she did as a missionary.
I pray that God will grant me favor as I travel abroad and share the love of God with others less fortunate. Christ, in his sacrifice, exchanged his pain for our prosperity. Because he lives we can live in peace.