It’s hard to believe I’ve only been home a month, seems like I was just in Guatemala! But for now, we’ll start at the very beginning (a very good place to start 😉 )
I’ve wanted to do missions work for a while–a long time–and I had been talking to my parents about doing some kind of missions work. They wanted it to be for a month, with a family, and no shots.
So I started searching, and not 2 weeks later a friend of mommy’s was talking about how she and her family were going down to Guatemala for a month to work at an orphanage and there were 2 seats left! (plus I didn’t have to get any shots) And Mommy is texting Daddy saying “how serious were you about Anna going on a missions trip?” 🙂
From there, it was crazy awesome to see God work! For example…I needed luggage, because what we have wasn’t really going to work 😉 And you know that luggage can be kinda expensive–well one night Mommy was going through her e-mails and found a super good deal on a set of luggage, pretty much for more than half off!!! Wow!
So February 9th came way sooner than I had ever expected! lol! I left on a Sunday, got to go to Church that morning, and I had no idea this was going to happen, but they prayed over me before I left!♥ Talk about feeling loved 😀
Once I was dropped off at the hotel with the Howe family, we went to bed pretty early, because that next morning we had to leave the hotel at like 3:35 am! And that happened with not much trouble, got checked in (with what seemed like a hundred pieces of luggage!) and we were off! Let me add too…this was my first time ever flying (unless a short helicopter ride counts 😉 ) So it was a little nerve-wracking going through security and such, not knowing what on earth I was doing…thankfully I was with other people!
And let me tell you, I think flying is one of the most epic feelings you can ever feel in life 🙂 But I know a few people would not agree with me on that one!
I seriously took 1500 pictures, but don’t worry, I’m not gonna be posting ALL of those 🙂 But it’s still going to be a lot of pictures, so hang tight!
Volcano and mountain…
It was pretty cool seeing Guatemala city from above!
After arriving in Guatemala around noon, the orphanage bus came to pick us up. We unloaded our luggage at the orphanage, spent the afternoon with the kids, then went to stay with lady D. in her home, just to relax and recuperate from our trip! And she is such an inspiring woman. She told us her whole story one night, and she talked about when she went down during the war, and towns were being destroyed by the guerrillas, and once they came into her home to rob her. The guy told her to give him half of her money, and she could keep the other half for her kids, she told him “look, I’m not going to donate to your cause. If your gonna rob me, then rob me.” He proceeded to take half of her money, then told her, “you need to close your back door, someone could just come in here and rob you!” Before they left, she told them she wanted to pray for them, and after she did he told her “you know next time we come, we’re going to kill you.” and they never did come back!
Just stories like that how God protected them, and provided for the orphanage at just the right time!
I thought the ‘omelet of ham’ was funny!
I’d have to say that the plantain and re-fried beans were my favorite food! And my not so favorite food was the fresh papaya! lol, I told my sisters it tasted like dirty diapers smeld 😉 Haha!
Hope you enjoyed my first post on Guatemala! I hope to get the other posts coming sooner than a month in between, but it just depends on how life decides to go!