Adventures in Guatemala
So this week was pretty low key but we did get a lot done!
Monday we went to the dump… at first it was just myself, Heidi and Zureyma which was quite interesting considering that Zureyma was sick so she could barely talk! Heidi and I had to lead the songs in the beginning. Well. For the first song, the kids pretty much just stared at us, not to mention since we were trying to be so enthusiastic we were out of breath before we even finished (it was slightly embarrassing ). Once we got the second song going the kids got more excited, which was a relief. God provides exactly what you need. We were pretty nervous about it just being the 3 of us plus Edwin and Yuli so on the car ride over I prayed for the afternoon. I prayed for God to not only give us the wisdom and words with these children, but also to provide us with unexpected help. So, once we got through the songs Yuli’s truck pulled up and a couple got out that Yuli knows from Cuba. They were not Christians but they wanted to help out for the afternoon! How awesome is that!? Just wait… it actually gets better. Erika and Ledy pull up and they had also brought a friend. God knew we would need the help and put it on their hearts to recruit some people for this week. Amazing.
This week we really concentrated on helping the kids get as clean as we could. They were really dirty this week. As you can see, the water after one or two kids was black. It’s a good thing we brought extra water this week!
Tuesday Yuli picked me up and we went to the last two schools here in Jalapa. One of the schools is in the area behind the dump, where a lot of the families live that work at the dump. When we got into the classroom, there were two girls that do the seeds program at dump! It was ao neat that they recognized me and said hi. 🙂
Wednesday Heidi and I had a girls morning. We went and had our hair cut from a lady that goes to our church. We both had a relaxing morning which was very nice. Just before we left, the 88 water filters arrived! Which is exciting for the schools! Because of a generous donation from Canada, we were able to purchase 88 water filters and 2 stoves!
Thursday Yuli and I went to a new area just outside Jalapa. It went really well, the principals at the schools were very excited about the program and the kids seem to be excited! They also were thrilled about the water filters. On the way back from the second school we stopped for a coke, because it was soooo hot out. As soon as she shut the car off it started making a strange noise and water started just gushing out the bottom. Now, I’m no mechanic but that is not right. We were there for about an hour in the hot sun while a few of the guys from around the town played with some parts in the car. Finally a friends husband came and drove the car for us. We got about 10 mins down the road before he pulled over, popped the front and you could see the water just boiling away. He loosened the cap and it just shot off! There was an eruption of boiling water and it spewed for a good 30 seconds. We were there for another hour and finally it was determined that we couldn’t fix it there. We all piled in his truck and drove the rest of the way back. A trip that should have only been an hour and a half endes up being over 4 hours! But in the end everyone was safe and that’s what matters.
Thursday evening Mynor and I went to a cell group so I could share my testimony. That was hard. I only had 20 minutes (which is no where near enough time) and I went trusting God to give me the correct words. I was able to share parts of my testimony that only a few people from home know. God works in mysterious ways. He knows my whole story, and still loves me even though I continuously sin. He knows my trials and paths that I have taken with Him and the ones that I have gone on where I have shut Him out, yet He still loves me. God has shown me miracles several times and He continues to heal me from my past. Our walk with Christ is definitely not easy, but with every step God is holding us in His hands and is waiting to either catch us when we fall or celebrate with us when we succeed. He truly has unconditional love for every single one of His creations. I believe that through sharing my testimony, (I was told that it must be shared again, but the long version!) God will heal me from those wounds. And I’m excited to let Him use my story to help heal others or give them that push they need to have a closer relationship with Him.
Friday, Heidi and I went back to the hair dressers to have our hair dyed. She did a really nice job 🙂
After that we just had a relaxing day.
Saturday, Heidi, Isabel and I braved the market to look for clothes for the girls. They sell used clothes that come from the states for very cheap. We scored some amazing deals!
So! For the upcoming weeks I will be traveling a lot which means that I will not always have access to internet. It will be 2 weeks before my next blog, but I promise it will be a good one!
Thank you for reading. 🙂
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