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2nd Day of Ministry, July 4th

July 7, 2009

Forgive the delayed postings of the daily events of our mission trip to Guatemala.  The speed of their network and our hectic schedule is preventing me to post daily.  The following is Saturday, July 4th.

If I was at home, I would have been celebrating the 4th of July watching fireworks and having a cook-out with family, but here in Guatemala we went to Hogar del Nino, an orphanage, and painted, cleaned, and performed our drama for the children.

 

Jordyn and Ceciia painting lines on basketball court

Jordyn and Ceciia painting lines on basketball court

 

The Lord provided us with a beautiful day.  The weather forecast had been rain every day we are here but so far it has only rained on the day we arrived. 

When we got there we found out what the orphanage needed to be done and then broke up into small groups.  Some painted lines on their outdoor basketball court.  

 

 

Jonathan, Tasha, Morgan, and Caleb picking up trash

Jonathan, Tasha, Morgan, and Caleb picking up trash

 

 

One group cleaned off a patio that was piled high with old lumber, Christmas decorations, and lots of trash.  Another group covered books for the school, while one cleaned and organized their library. 

 

 

 

 

Hannah playing with child

Hannah playing with child

 

 

We also got a chance to wash windows and some of the girls played with the children.  Blowing bubbles is a universal language!

 

 

Making lunch

Making lunch

 

 

 

Near where the kids cleaned the patio was an outdoor kitchen.  A nun was cooking beans on an open fire.  She was originally from El Salvador but had moved to Guatemala about two years ago to work in this orphanage. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon, Savannah, and Danni during Drama

Sharon, Savannah, and Danni during Dram

 

After lunch, our kids got on their costumes and then performed the drama for the children.  It was the first time we had done the drama since we left Ft. Lauderdale.  They did an excellent job.

 

 

 

Random Thoughts and Happenings:

Starting today, each team bus is being escorted by the National Police.  The leader of Big World Ventures met the head of their national Security (similar to our Homeland Security) on the plane and he was so impressed with what we were doing that he wanted us to have a police escort.  They are doing this as a courtesy not because we necessarily need it, but hey, we look pretty important having them travel with us!

 I finally got some Coco Cola Light!  We stopped at a grocery store on the way back to the resort.  We also purchased some Lays potato chips and M&Ms!  I think I can make it until next Sunday!

 At FUAGNEM we sang “I’m Proud to Be American” to celebrate the 4th of July.  Later that night we heard and saw fireworks in Antigua. It gave us a taste of home.

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