I’m back!

Apologies in the delay in writing an update after my trip! Our Guatemala trip was GREAT! Can't believe the trip has come and gone so quickly. We arrived back in the states last Sunday. Our flights to Guatemala City went very smoothly -we only lost one bag and luckily that wasn't anyone's clothing. We got through customs and jumped on a chicken bus headed to Chichi -a 3 hour drive. Arrived in Guatemala City -waiting to head through customs. My favorite part of the trip was teaching ESL to the older group of kids, the 16 year olds. Everyday, I took 3 students with me to a Christian school to teach ESL. We met with 4 classes in the morning, grades ranging from kindergartners to sophomores. The English teacher WAS there and we were to assist her. The odd thing was that she COULDN'T speak English! She was giving all the directions and correcting in SPANISH! Each class had an English book that they would open and we'd walk around and help them with pronunciation and grammar. The 16 year olds were reading paragraphs on health and I would ask them if they understand the sentences....NOPE! They didn't understand ONE word of what they were reading. I coudln't remember the spanish words for health or bones....so, I had a fun time playing charades or drawing pictures to get them to understand what we were saying. At the school during recess. I came down with a fever on Tuesday night, so I had to stay in bed on Wednesday morning. I was really disappointed to not be able to go to ESL but I felt better by dinner time. Group picture at the hotel. Josh and Leigh are the missionary couple stationed down in Chichi -directly from our church. We planned a baby shower for them and surprised them on Tuesday evening. It was so much fun. We had over 50 gifts for them to open, thanks to all the students and others from the church. Thanks to the Copus' for helping me with the cookies. We decorated cookies before we left and they actually made it through customs with only a few broken!! I found a punch fountain at CVS for $20 so I packed it as well. I think it made for a nice touch. Earlier that morning, a few of us also went into town and found a bakery and bought 2 cakes for the party. making cookies before we left. The Copus Family artwork! Casa Del Rey (our hotel) After we taught ESL, we either went to an orphanage to build a fence around it or to a construction site in the city to build a house. My group always went to the fence project. We put barbed wire up -which I NEVER knew was that difficult to work with. One small cut from the barbed wire was incredibly deep. We also painted wood planks for the fence but with motor oil. That was interesting. A welcome break at the hotel. On Friday, we had a tourist day where we went to Lake Atitlan to ride a boat, swim, and ride a zipline. The water was beautiful and the zipline was CRAZY! It wasn't just a point A to point B zipline. It had 8 lines from top to … [Read more...]

Guatemala Here We Come!

Well, only 6 more hours and we are headed to the airport for our Guatemala trip! I can't believe the time has come. I have packed the bags, taking just a little bit of everything just in case we need a little bit of something. I've read and re-read the packing list to make sure I'm not missing anything glaringly obvious like my passport or my toothbrush or my insulin. We've planned a baby shower for the missionary couple down in Guatemala. It includes 5 dozen beautifully decorated cookies, all carefully packed so that they won't break in transit. Thanks to Jenny & Emilee for taking the time to teach me the way of the Copus cookie and taking the afternoon to decorate. The cookies are beautiful. I'll post picture as soon as I get them. Many people ask what I'll be doing in Guatemala while I'm down there. Myself and 3 high school students will be leading the ESL classes at a local school whose teacher is gone for an extended period of time. They are excited about having a native English speaker as the woman who regularly teaches is not. I was not given the cirriculum, so I will literally be winging it the minute we walk into the school! Pray for wisdom and quick learning on my part. The rest of the group will be doing VBS (Vacation Bible School) and building 2 houses -amazing what a team of 30 can do. We will be updating our church blog, feel free to check it out - ACAC Guatemala Blog. I'm not sure I'll be able to update this blog while I am away but I will try. Below is our schedule for the week. Saturday (July 11th) Travel Day: Arrive in Chichi for dinner, settle in, and prayer walk at Casa Del Rey Sunday (July 12th) Church with the missionaries, lunch, market, and organize supplies for the week Monday (July 13th) Work on houses, VBS, teach English, and team Bible Study Tuesday (July 14th) Work on houses, VBS, teach English, and team Bible Study Wednesday (July 15th) Work on houses, VBS, teach English, and team Bible Study Thursday (July 16th) Work on houses or side projects, VBS, teach English, and team Bible Study Friday (July 17th) Cultural Day: Spend day at the lake- swimming in the hot springs and doing zip lines Saturday (July 18th) Cultural Day: Breakfast at hotel, leave for Antigua, spend the night in Guatemala City Sunday (July 19th) Travel Day: Breakfast at Barcel√≥ and head to the airport As I write this, I am homesick and I haven't even left my living room. Please pray for peace. It is hard to leave Dale and Lindy. I want to make her understand that I will come back and that it is okay to be sad for me, but I won't really know how she'll take it. She'll be bouncing around a lot between friends with Dale's work schedule. Please pray that she will have a FUN week and not a confusing one. Pray that Dale will not be too tired and that he can spend quality time with Lindy. Again, I don't know why God has called me to go on this trip, it is unclear to me. Please pray for guidance and opportunities to serve Him. … [Read more...]

Guatemala Support Letter

As many of you know, I have been given the opportunity to be a member of a short term mission trip to Guatemala with a high school team from our church. We will be leaving the states July 11th and returning July 19th. Missions and the Spanish language have been passions of my heart in the past and I have always desired to be called to a Spanish speaking area again to minister. I had never truly thought about joining the team this summer as I would have had a newborn; but, God knows our hearts and He gives us other ways to find joy in the midst of loss. Our team will be partnering with 2 missionaries who are currently serving in Chichicastenango (Chichi). We will have numerous evangelism opportunities such as VBS, construction projects, drama, and possibly prison/orphanage visits. We will be visiting a few places that I had gone to when I went to Guatemala in 2002! I want to share a few reasons, why I am excited about this trip. First, I will be helping to lead a group of high schoolers who I built relationships with when they were in Middle School! To catch up with them now -a few years later is fun to see how much they have grown! Second, is that I get to use the Spanish language! I've had 10 years of Spanish and feel that the words are there, I just need to use them. I look forward to communicating with the people we meet. Third, I have absolutely no idea what God wants to do through me in another country at such a time in my life but I am willing and excited about going to serve Him and His people. Although our agenda doesn't say this, a part of my heart wants to minister to women who have gone through similar losses of losing children. Yes, it scares me to death to be so vulnerable with my team and with complete strangers that don't speak my language...but I am willing. For Those of You Who Pray I know that many of you are still praying for Dale and I as we grieve the loss of our son Everett. Could you pray for me and my team and this trip? The Lord has laid 3 requests on my heart in preparation. There will be more requests -I will post them on this site! 1. Pray that our Team will be able to minister to the Guatemalan people in tangible ways. 2. Pray for God's continued healing in my heart and that I would be able minister to other women. 3. Pray for Dale and Lindy as we determine the best schedule for Lindy while I am gone. Another Way You can Get Involved Since the death of our son, Everett, we have been overwhelmed by family, friends, and complete strangers who have blessed us with financial gifts for Everett's memorial, hundreds of cards, gift cards for local restaurants, and meals for over a month. With all this generosity, Dale and I don't feel that sending out support letters is appropriate. However, I am responsible for raising my trip cost of $1300 and I would like to give you the opportunity to support me! Since I have joined the team at a later time than most joined, I am on a tighter deadline to get … [Read more...]