Day 11: July 25th, 2012
Today’s VBS went awesome. We did the story of Adam and Eve eating the fruit, and all of the kids gasped! One of the student pastors asked me to video and photograph VBS for him. I enjoyed doing that so much! Wilso called me his amigo again and asked me to take a picture with him and every student and adult.
When we were fixing the sidewalk with the leftover cement, we wrote “Jesus Te Ama ” in it. (which means Jesus loves you) At lunch I was able to give Nidia a meal we didn’t eat. It was so sad to watch as she ate it so quickly and ate every single crumb! For lunch we had chips and a hotdog. The hotdog was on a sub roll and it had mustard, mayo, and avocado. It was actually really good! We learned that the kids loved to throw rocks at us. Painful!
I hope we can get VBS planned quick tonight, because I’m really tired!
Day 10: July 24th, 2012
Today was Day 1 of VBS and it went amazing! We did the creation story and played Simon Says except we played God Created instead. The kids loved it! I’ve never seen so many kids screaming, laughing, and having so much fun.
The wall is coming along, and we’re almost done with the foundation! One little boy was helping in the assembly line and called me his amigo today. It was so sweet and exciting!
Tomorrow is Efrian’s last day with us. I’m really sad about that. He is a great leader and role model, I know we all will miss him! He brought us all ice cream tonight. It was really good and a nice treat to have instead of papaya! I can’t believe I leave in 5 days. I’m really going to miss this place!
Wilso, my new amigo!
Efrian and I
Praying at the end of VBS
Day 9: July 23rd, 2012
I can’t believe I have less than a week left in Guatemala! We went back to the 46 and our hotel today. I went to Nidia’s house and we played duck-duck-goose. I also played “hide and seek” with a little boy. Pretty much we just hid behind a pole and took turns tickling each other. These are the little things that make me smile.
When we returned to the hotel that evening we had a really good dinner. It was beef and gravy, rice, and gourd. The gourd was so good! We also planned day 1 of VBS and part of day 2. Tomorrow is day 1 and we are doing the creation story. We’re also going to play Simon Says but instead say Dios Creo (God Created). I’m looking forward to my last few days here and with this village!
Maria is in charge of the Village.
One of the Walls Surrounding the School
Continuing to work on the Wall’s Foundation
Drinking my Water Pouch. This is how a lot of drinks come in Guatemala.
Day 8: July 22nd, 2012
Today we went to church, and it was awesome! They have amazing worship! Even though we couldn’t understand any of the songs, this is the best worship service I’ve ever been to! After church we had Pizza Hut for lunch. Pizza has never tasted so good! We got another day of rest, which felt really great! I definitely needed these couple days of rest. I got to Skype with my mom and dad today. That was really cool. I enjoyed getting to tell them a little about the first week. We’re going back to the hotel and 46 tomorrow! I’m excited to get back to work!
Day 7: July 21st, 2012-Journal
Today I got to sleep in! It felt amazing not to have to get up at 6:15 AM. We went to Antigua today. I had a great time! I bought six bracelets, a purse, coffee, a bookbag, and a headband. We ate lunch at Pollo Campero. That’s a pretty popular stop for us. Once we walked to the indoor market we didn’t have but 40 minutes to shop. After shopping we headed to Monoloco. (the restaurant we ate dinner at) I tried calling my mom on someone’s phone who had an international plan, but his phone went dead. I was upset. I tried to Skype with my mom earlier today and it wouldn’t connect. I get to try again tomorrow, and hopefully it will work! We also sang the song King Henry the VIII to Henry. It was really funny. I’ve definitely enjoyed my lazy day!
Lunch at Pollo Campero
On Our Walk to the Indoor Market
Waiting for our Dinner to Come
In front of the Awesome Building in Antigua
Day 6: July 20th, 2012-Journal
Today we did more layers of the foundation for the wall. At first I had a hard time catching the rocks because they were being thrown at me. I started to get the hang of it though. The cement from the buckets we were passing got all over me. I didn’t have gloves on because one of the kids took them. The cement really moisturizes your hands though!
We are on the bus headed back to the seminary for the weekend. We are going to Antigua tomorrow! We’ll be coming back to our hotel on Monday.
I really saw God’s creation for what it is…beautiful! We have such an awesome view. It’s unreal! I went to Nidia’s house today. Her mom is pregnant with her 10th child! We played duck-duck-goose with Nidia and her siblings. Their house is so poorly built. It is really sad!
Right now our bus driver is driving on the wrong side of the road. He always does this! This makes me so nervous!
View from the 46
Everyone on the Bus
One of Nidia’s brothers
Day 5: July 19th, 2012-Evening Journal
With lots of Advil, Pepto Bismol, and sleep on the bus I’m feeling much better now! Taking a shower felt amazing too, well that is until the water shut off and I was covered in soap. I’ve been snacking on gummy bears, beef jerky, and peanut butter today. I spent a lot of time reading Colossians and taking pictures of everyone working from the bus.
The rain was so heavy last night my roommate and I couldn’t hear each other. We’ve began planning Vacation Bible School in our group at night. We were told we are now the leaders of the church’s student ministry and we needed to step up to the plate. We prayed with someone we didn’t really know in group tonight. That was really cool!
We are going back to the seminary tomorrow for the weekend. We get to go shopping in Antigua, Saturday. I’m really excited and glad I’m feeling better.