In just the second day here in Guatemala, I have learned more about God’s love for his children than I have in many of my years in Houston. I am overwhelmed with joy, peace, and love by encountering God’s people throughout the schools, churches, and streets. My struggles and worries back home seem insignificant in comparison to the life of many here in Guatemala. Life here is unparalleled.
There have been several moments where God has touched my heart and given me comfort, but I want to share one in particular. On Sunday, we held a young adult retreat here in Quiche and I was a small group leader of about ten kids. After one of the missionaries’ testimonies we had a chance to reflect and share our own experience about the theme that was given. A young girl humbly opened her heart to the group and shared her life, the struggles of her family, and even gave details about personal battles she deals with. I was in awe of her passion. When she spoke I could sense her speaking from a place of sincerity and genuine love for God. I later found out she is a catechist in the local parish and helps share the faith with her community. How inspiring she is to me, that only at the age of 14, her faith and actions spoke to me and caused me to reflect if I share the same passion within my own community.
I know the Lord has given me this opportunity to be here at the mission for a reason, and I believe it could be to experience just how much He loves us all in our own way.