I am sitting in my room trying to figure out what to pack as my plane for Guatemala leaves tomorrow morning. I get up and eat my last American Breakfast for the next week and a half; now I am ready to depart. I meet my Highview church student group in the terminal at Louisville International ready to be air borne. After waiting almost one hour, our plane finally arrives and a feel of anticipation begins to grow among the students. As all sixty students squeeze into this small airplane I meet friends that will become my room mates for this trip. Many hours and a layover later we finally land in Guatemala in the blackness of night. After another hour of riding in a small bus through a downpour we arrived at the Guatemala Nazarene Seminary where we would call home for the next week and a half. We fought against heavy rain to unload everyone’s luggage from the top of the bus before we could go to bed.
Every morning we got up before the crack of dawn, ate breakfast, and then started our day of work. The culture in Guatemala was a big shock to how great we have life in the United States. I saw poverty beyond any extent I had ever seen in America within the cities I have visited. As we set out the first morning to the Shalom school, I saw people living in upsetting conditions. There were moms using their clothes hanging from a tree just to keep her child out of the rain. People living in mud houses sleeping on top of each other. This touched my heart deeply to see this and to compare it to the house I know I have back in the states. We went to a local school to teach and help build a new parking facility and playground. It was exciting to work along side people that have lived their entire life in Guatemala. They spoke no English and I only speak a small amount of Spanish so it was a small struggle but added a sense of adventure to this task. The landscape in this country is amazing. I watched in awe as we drove by the colorful forests, and rolling hills with trickling streams tucked in-between, every day to and from our ministry locations. Before we returned home, we had some fun in the city of Ancient Antigua with its wonderful architecture and historic art.
My trip to Guatemala was awesome and I hope to do it again next summer for more info or details visit this link. I love the culture and the feeling of being able to help people that really need my support even for day to day needs. I like having company on trips but I would like to go back with less people; that many people just made this trip crazy, especially at airports. On the way home we had a delay which made it so that we had one hour to get through customs and to the other side of the airport. That would be hard to do by yourself, but now we had to do it with sixty or more people. Despite all of the hard times, the good times are very memorable and I can definitely say that this is one of the best trips I have ever been on. If you want to serve and go to a wonderful country book your trip to Guatemala now.
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