Wednesday Journal Update in Guatemala

Hello from Guatemala! It has been a wonderful, yet rainy, day. We woke up this morning to clear skies. The clearest we’ve had all week, actually! In fact, this morning just after breakfast we were able to see Fuego (that’s the name of the active volcano) puffing it’s smoke into the sky. I think everyone enjoyed the sight. The center was really busy today. We had a lot going on. We have teams that go to an off-site daycare, an elderly day care center, and then the rest of our team stays at the malnutrition center. We have a few helping hands in each of the day care rooms and then some of the guys work on maintenance while a couple of the ladies help in the kitchen to prepare lunch for our team.

The kids were really fun today. We played bingo with them….it was crazy! But they loved it. We also played with Playdoh and told the story of Joseph being sold by his brothers. This afternoon I had the opportunity to return to the elderly day care center. I was there three years ago when I came with Orphan’s Heart. It was a precious time then, but even more so precious today. When I walked in the room, I was busy greeting everyone, but one woman in particular noticed me. She came right up to me and hugged my neck really tight talking just as fast as she could in Spanish. Needless to say, I didn’t understand a word, so Alejandra came over to help. When she interpreted it for me, the woman was actually saying that she recognized me from when I was there three years ago. She reminded me that we had taken a picture together and told me that she looks at it every day and prays for me. I can’t think of any other reason than God’s plan alone that I’m here this week. And I’m confident that He knew exactly who needed to be on the trip and how all of our lives would intersect as we weave in and out of these moments. I’m in awe at how God works and although it shouldn’t surprise me, it does every single time.

Tonight we had a traditional Guatemalan meal complete with a marimba band. It was so delicious and fun. I think our team really enjoyed it and it was a special touch for the trip…like sprinkles on a cupcake!

We have to get to the center early in the morning so I’ll wrap it up for now. Tomorrow is our last day. Please be in prayer for our team and that our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds will be open to what God wants to do in and through us tomorrow.


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