What an amazing week! As we wrap up the trip, we reflect on how we can carry forth the mission when we return home. Today we visited the hospital in Antigua and were greatly impacted by the patients, especially the children, that we met with. Missionaries Lily and Rebecca were able to stay behind after the tour to work with the children’s unit. “It was a blessing to serve them with our singing voices, helping hands at lunch time, and sharing laughter through our stories. This is what mission is all about!” Missionary Lily said. Thank you for all of your prayers and support!
You are the light of the world. Matthew 5:14
– Missionary Erica Gonzales
“As we strolled through the historic, yet new city of Antigua, we gazed upon beautiful natural vegetation, complimented by the simple people and the colonial architecture all surrounded by the mystically dormant volcanoes.”
– Gabriel Kyle Pineda
And so we are in the last night of the mission here in Antigua Guatemala, the “Jerusalem of the Americas”. A week ago it seemed like the mission was going to be long, but looking back, time has gone by so fast. Now, we bring with us the smiling faces and laughters of the kids, the joyful looks of the elderly when we visited them, the tears of the sick with whom we prayed for healing; all of this stands as a vital reminder of our mission as Catholics, our mission to fulfill Christ’s commandment: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit”. As I look back, I am grateful that I was allowed to bring God to my fellow Guatemalans. Every day for a moment we were able to to bring Heaven to all of those in need, most specially during the Holy Sacrifice of Mass. This mission reminds me that man truly finds his fulfillment when he gives himself completely in humble service for love of God and in compassion for others. And so, we go forth in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
See you when we get back! 😀