Category Archives: Aldeas

Joy and Hope (Wednesday, July 12th)

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Day 3, Today we went to a brand new community called Chicalte. Once again, we were greeted by beautiful children. Since this was a new school, all of the children did not know what to expect, neither did the teachers. The pictures really show their emotion and how much they loved today.

Most of us were tired and worn out from working hard these past couple of days. But we still managed to pull through and create a wonderful experience for the community. Singing and Dancing was amazing. The teachers, principal and children also enjoyed today, they were grateful for our visit and are looking forward to our return next year.

Theresa wanted to share her wonderful experience: “Simply put, the past few days have been full of God’s abundant joy and goodness for [me].” She’s been so in love with the country, the culture, the people, and the mission team. She’s been learning a lot of Spanish, and it is rewarding being able to verbally communicate with the God’s people in Guatemala. Strangely enough, the highlight of today for Theresa was when Sebastian, an 8-year-old boy in her crafts group, asked to learn a bit of English. While making a cute craft that resembled “el sapo,” or “frog” in English, Sebastian stopped and asked her what “el sapo” was in English. Flashing an adorable crooked smile, his eyes lit up as he practiced rolling the word “frog” off his tongue. Sebastian’s joy of learning a new word and drive to further his education inspired her in more ways than one. Ministering and serving others doesn’t always have to encompass grand gestures; it can be an intangible gift of knowledge. We are learning to put everything we have and everything we are into our mission, and in doing so, we are being humbled. “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

P.S. We sincerely apologize, we have had technical difficulties due to the high volume of hotel guests and we have been unable to finish our daily posts. A summary of Thursday and Friday are forthcoming.

Love & Joy

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El lema de este ano es Familia en Fe, Esperanza y Amor. Hemos compartido este lema cantando cantos, compartiendo nuestra fe con obras bíblicas y durante la misa, jugando con los niños – a veces simplemente compartiendo un abrazo o una sonrisa, visitando a enfermos. Hoy visitamos a Xesic IV e inmediatamente nos dimos cuenta que es una pequeña, pero grande en amor. Es una aldea muy especial. Al llegar fuimos recibidos calurosamente con sonrisas y abrazos por parte de los niños y maestros. En el momento que llegamos con ellos, sentimos el amor que nos ofrecían – el mismo amor que Jesucristo nos invita a compartir con los demás. El mismo amor que familiares/parientes comparten cuando tienen much tiempo sin verse.

Today, Sarah felt God’s love, joy, and acceptance. The past few days, she felt like she was missing something. However, today, she found it in the kids’ presence. After the home visit, she was able to spend quality time with several of the kids from Xesic IV. All the kids had such genuine smiles, appreciated her spending time with them as she played soccer with them, taught them sign language and English, and danced and sang with them. They might have felt like they were receiving; however, she was being given so much more than she could ever imagine. Sarah was very humbled because the kids allowed her to share their free time with her. They chose and accepted her without reservations or expectations. There are no words that could do justice to the love and joy the kids shared with Sarah and that Sarah shared with them.

Hasta Luego,

Team Family

Love and Humility

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Hello all! Today we got to go the first of three aldeas that are scheduled for the week. A day full of love and humble experiences.

Ana Fatima is a returning missionary, and she was extremely blessed to return to the aldea, San Jose Pacho, today. She enjoyed every minute of the day from the start to end and seeing the welcoming smiles and hearts of the children. Ana Fatima enjoyed singing to them and seeing how everyone experienced joy from her playing her guitar, singing and praising God together. The beautiful experience of sharing her talents with others. She worked with a group of 40 pre-k children and it reminded her of her little brother. Getting to share time with them and seeing their innocence and to “take care” of them for a bit.

The humble community provided lunch and Ana Fatima enjoyed the meal because it was made with humility and love. They did not think twice about providing lunch and sharing what they could with us. These people really are really willing to give you everything they have without any doubt.

Ana Fatima was able to converse with Diego, a young adult seminarian, who she met last year. She was able to learn about his current struggles. He told her he had to take a year off of seminary school because of health problems. However, hearing his conviction on becoming a priest was beautiful to see God’s plan for one and inspired her to grow more in her faith and pray more about her vocation.

Celebrating Mass with the community and Father Hector was a wonderful experience and Ana Fatima loved seeing everyone participate and receive communion as the family of God that we are. After Mass, the community had a surprise for us, a beautiful presentation and she enjoyed it.

We also did home visits. The home that Ana Fatima visited was super special to her. She was able to pray over an elderly woman, Maria. She felt like a true disciple of God. Doing what He asking us to do for His people, to show His love to others, especially to those who need it most. Ana Fatima saw this as a gift from God, just being to able to experience His mercy and love.

Overall, Ana Fatima felt an overwhelming sense of love from God throughout the whole  day and from the missionaries. She is extremely grateful to be back for the second time and she is looking forward as the rest of us to what God has in store for us this week. Letting God work through her even when she is missing her family and knowing God is protecting them and waiting for the day to return home to share her love that she has received thus far.

Hasta luego,

Team Love

P.S. We apologize for the delayed post, we were having technical difficulties.