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So much has changed since I last posted a blog. For one, the year has changed (hello, 2017), but also this is a new time of different projects that World Renew is working on here in Guatemala; new year, new changes.

Since it's been so long since I've written, I should probably give an update on what happened at the end of last year as well. Last November, Bethany and I traveled with our coworkers to Chiapas, Mexico to visit one...

It's been over three months since I left home for the beautiful, culturally-rich country of Guatemala. These past months have been a roller coaster, but as for recent news, Bethany and I finished our Spanish language training last month (and went through our third school graduation) and I started working with World Renew two weeks ago. In my time here, and especially in my time at the Spanish school, I've made new friends, learned millions of different words in Spanish...

Monday morning I set off on the biggest journey of my life thus far; I said goodbye to my family and friends (and my beloved dog) and began the journey to the country that will be my home for the next year. I've already been here for four days and I still haven't had time to fully process this next stage of my life--and maybe I won't ever fully process it. 

After Bethany and I were picked up from...