I titled this post halfway for a few reasons. First of all, the trip is officially halfway over!! We’ve been together for a full two weeks and have less than that amount of time left! Second of all, this is the turning point. This is the point where we could give up and be homesick. Where we could feel like we aren’t making much of a difference. Where the enemy could tell us lies about who we are and whose we are. And the spiritual attacks are real, y’all. This is also the point where we can choose to only put half our effort into ministry, which leads to ineffectiveness. This week had been an emotional one for many on the team, but we know that God is stronger. He doesn’t call us to go halfway but to finish our race with perseverance. Please keep me and my team in your prayers. Pray for strength to finish strong. Pray for hearts that are ready to give God 100%. And pray for team unity so that we can best serve our Father.
Im not going to update you on everything we did each day like last week, but I’ll tell you about some highlights.
On Monday of this week, I had my favorite day of ministry so far. We went to a home for children with Cerebral Palsy and I volunteered to help with laundry, knowing that I would feel awkward if I was with the kids. But then God had different plans because the laundry only took 15 minutes, so we got to spend our morning pouring into the children there. I pushed around the sweetest boy named Denislo, and even though we had a huge language barrier, I prayed that the Holy Spirit would intercede and speak what I was saying in a way he could understand. I spoke truths over him. I told him he was a masterpiece. That he was beautiful and made in the image of God. That he was fashioned before the beginning of time to be just how he was that day. Then my friend Alexus joined me, and we shared the gospel story with him. We told him how much Jesus loved him. Then we stopped pushing him around the courtyard there and laid hands on him and prayed over him. That was the only time he made any audible sound while we were there, and we just interpreted it as “Yes Lord and Amen!” It was powerful.
Anyway, then Tuesday was a travel day! We packed up all morning, met the Guatemala 2-week team for lunch, then set out on our almost 4 hour trip to San Pedro La Leguna! The ride was very twisty and steep, and it’s not a big deal here to be driving on the wrong side of the road when there’s a giant truck coming at you. So that’s fun!
We’ve now been here for almost 5 days, and it is gorgeous! I wake up to a breathtaking view of the lake with mountains surrounding it each morning, and we spend our small group time each evening sitting by the water at various coffee shops talking about our faith and how God’s been moving every day. We’ve been doing a lot of prayer walks here, which looks like standing up in the back of pick-up trucks for 30 minutes to get to the neighboring villages (don’t worry mom, there were bars to hold on to). Then we walk around the community with Pastor Antonio, stopping to pray for the school, the government, the church, the people, and more! Prayer is powerful, y’all!
There is so much more I would love to tell you about this past week, but you’re just going to have to ask me about it in person when I get home! See ya in a few weeks, Virginia!
Oh! P.S. Coolest part of the week: I got to sing on Guatemalan radio on Wednesday! Eight of us went to the station and sang 7 Christian songs in English, and I even had a short little solo! Haha it was really fun!
Also, here are a few pictures from our off day today! We went kayaking on Lake Atitlan! I have tons more photos on my camera from ministry days, but I can’t upload those until I get home!