Today was our first full day in Guatemala. To say I was nervous would be an understatement. I woke up and my stomach had butterflies in it. I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know what to do. I was a fisherman in the desert. But as the day went along, my nervousness went away.
Before we even got off the bus to arrive at our sister parish for mass – Sagrado Corazon de Jesus – there were people waiting to greet us with a warmth I don’t think I have the right words to describe.
After mass, we facilitated a day-long youth retreat. The youth were full of energy and enthusiasm to get the rally going. I was blown away by such a sight. All of the worries and questions I asked myself flew away because of the carefree youth. My small group was full of giggles and smiles. Even if they were in a group where they didn’t know everyone that did not stop them from having a wonderful time.
Halfway through the youth retreat, it was time to present the skit (The Prodigal Son) we had prepared for them, and all of the anxiety that I had felt the night before wasn’t there anymore. I was just so excited to show them what we had prepared for many weeks. It was incredible.
I went on a retreat a year ago, and someone told me to “Let go and Let God.” I had never truly understood that until today. I didn’t know how things were going to work out, but I lifted it up to the Lord and he took care of me every step of the way.
Going into the unknown is difficult, but once you’re in the moment and God is in control , the stress melts away. We are so blessed to have the opportunity to share with the wonderful people of Santa Cruz del Quiche. I hope that as much as we received, we were able to give. As we continue on this mission I pray that we will be able to continue to share the love and joy of the Lord.