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Travel Day – July 2nd

July 5, 2009

Thursday, July 2nd,  was our day to travel to Guatemala.  We had to meet in the hotel lobby at 3:00 AM in order to get to the airport in time to get 45 “missionaries” checked in for our flight and through security for our 7:30 AM flight.  The problem was that they changed the flight and it didn’t leave until 8:39 AM.  That  meant I could have slept one more whole hour!  I tried to sleep, but my restless mind full of thoughts of traveling with all of these teenagers just wouldn’t let me be still long enough to fall asleep.  2:15 AM came way too soon, but also not soon enough.

 

Waiting on a bus the Guatemala airport to take us to the hotel.

Waiting on a bus the Guatemala airport to take us to the hotel.

Have I mentioned yet what a great group of kids we have on Team 6? Every year, we have one or two that don’t quite know the meaning of punctuality.  It shows up early in the trip.  However, not ONE member of our team has been late to a team meeting and they were all down in the lobby ready to go (although many weren’t smiling) at 3:00 AM!  Knowing how much teenagers like to sleep in, you can get a picture of how great these kids are!  I wish I had a photo of them lined up to get on the bus at 3:30 AM, but I was too sleepy to think about my camera! 

 

 The bonding has also already begun.  The teaming activities that Kate and Caleb (two or our Leaders in Training (LITs)), and Jonathan and Aaron (our drama instructors) have accomplished their goal; the kids are getting along great and it appears that no one feels excluded! 

 We stopped in Panama City for a one-hour lay-over.  We then took a two-hour flight into Guatemala City.  Once we got through customs we got on a bus to travel to our hotel in Antigua, Guatemala.  We have over 500 people on this trip so finding a hotel big enough in a secure location is sometimes difficult.  For the past five years we have stayed at a resort about 30-45 minutes outside the ministry city.  This gives the kids a safe place to relax after a day of hard work in many situations outside of their comfort zones. 

 Antigua is an old historical town that is located in the mountains.  It was the original Guatemala City but it kept being damaged from volcano lava so they moved the city down the mountain.  That was hundreds of years ago so I don’t think we have to worry about us being swallowed up by lava! The town is very quaint. As a former history teacher I love looking at some of the old structures.  I’m hoping that I can do some exploring around the town on Sunday afternoon, our first day off.  

Random Thoughts and Happenings:

Quote from Aaron (our drama instructor):  “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall be stretched.”  This has already been repeated several times as we encounter situations that require flexibility.

 

Crashing at the Panama City Airport

Crashing at the Panama City Airport

One of our guys on the trip decided that since he had to be down at the lobby at 3:00 AM it might be wise to stay up and not go to bed.  In order to help him do this, he drank 2 energy drinks and a Gatorade from midnight to 3:00 AM.  When he came down he was just a tad hyper (that is actually an understatement).  We put his energy to good use by helping load the girls’ luggage on the bus. By the time we got to Panama City, he had crashed.  Those energy drinks can only help for so long!

 

 

 

Hayley and Jennifer

Haley and Jennifer

This photo is for Scott Floyd.  Here is proof that I connected with Haley!!!  She came up to me during the EverLife concert and we had a great conversation.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Scott S. Floyd permalink
    July 5, 2009 10:18 AM

    Looks like you two are having a great time! Be safe and see you both soon.

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