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Pastor Michael TenHaken: 

 

Well, since I dodged Julie’s request to write a blog entry on the last night, I thought I would take a chance to do one now as a sort of summary and recap.  When you get back from a trip like this one of questions you get asked a lot is, “So, did you have a good trip?” or some variation of that.  It’s a difficult question to answer and a simple yes or no just won’t do. ...

Today was the day we were planning to spend with Joel VanDyke, a missionary from the U.S. that moved to Guatemala with his family after he fell in love with the urban area of Guatemala City. We were only missing one thing... Joel VanDyke. Due to traffic/schedules we weren't able to meet with him this morning. He was able to send a partner of his to take his place and give us a tour of the cemetary in Guatemala City....

DAY SEVEN

We have arrived. Phew! We were up early this morning and at Esperanza Miralta, we were only scheduled to be there until 1pm due to having the long drive ahead of us. The morning went quick. We arrived and walked through a path decorated with palm branches and flowers. Then came into a school house full of over 100 kids in their best outfits, grinning ear to ear, and clapping for us as we came in. Carlos, a leader there,...

DAY SIX

Day six already?! Sheesh.

Today we were in La Palmera. We set up and became a photo shop in the blink of an eye. Pastor Michael taking pictures, me attempting to make the kids smile, Mark and Luisa with an excel spreadsheet getting their names, and Robyn w/ the help of many children, printing them moments later! This is the smallest school we will visit this week so it was a good place to do the test run. It was fun...

The communities we visit put a lot of pride into their ability to provide a great performance to welcome us, and Monte Margarita did not disappoint. As soon as we stepped off the bus there were firecrackers going off, kids surrounding us, and festive music playing. They had different grades perform traditional dances and songs. They even had a student that wore a large paper tent over his head that had firecrackers all over it. He danced around in front...
Day four was a very warm day full of cheerful giggles, hard work, and plenty-o-hugs! These kids love when we come to visit, and they sure know how to make a group feel welcome! Today’s blog is featuring…..drum roll…. Robyn Cook and Linda Droogsma. Robyn started out the trip feeling kind of icky from the crazy driving they do here. Lots of twists/turns/sudden stops. But she got some rest and has been ready for action ever since. She is always...

Hola mi amigos! 

Today we worshipped at a church called Jehova Jireh. I looked up what that means and found that "jireh" means "God will provide." When Abraham was going to sacrafice Isaac, but then God stopped him and provided the ram instead, Abraham named that place "Jehova Jireh." This is a church that Davinsky, our World Renew bridger that accompanies us throughout our whole trip, started attending in January. The service was not translated so we couldn't understand all ...(or...

Day two update coming at 'cha! 

The hotel we stayed at last night was overlooking Lake Atitlan. This is a gorgeous lake surrounded by 3 volcanoes, and is a tourist destination for places all over the world. We were able to wake up, have fresh coffee, listen to the birds chirp, and have our morning devotions together out on the dock. TALK ABOUT BEAUTIFUL! As we were starting devotions, Julee mentioned to Davinsky that he was spoiling us because it was...

After 18 straight hours of travel, day one is wrapping up! 

It's late and we are all extremely tired but what's a good blog without the juicy details, right?! So, we got to the airport this morning around 3:30am. We waited in line with all of our luggage for the machines to get started up so we could validate our passports and print our boarding passes for the day. Things went smooth but then we realized that one of our passports...

GAP 2017

Testing, testing, 1-2-3. Is this thing on?! 

Welcome to the blog for the Guatemala Action Project for 2017! This will the be the sixth consecutive year that Pease CRC has been able to send a group of volunteers to Guatemala. The purpose of the trip is to build relationships with some of the communities that an organization called Vine and Branches is involved with. They are rural communities that amaze us each year with their incredible faith in God as well...