Guatemala Trip Updates 2020!

Feb 20-Carnival day reflections:The students all rallied for a final day of work today (sorry for the mixup of the post below…today was carnival day). The day began with worship and a devotional led by Leilan, who did an awesome job focusing us on not worrying or being anxious about the things that so often cause anxiety and instead relying on God and listening to God as we set priorities for our lives.Carnivals are always the more exhausting parts of Guatemala trips. After 3 days of building houses and running sports clinics, we then put on a huge party for hundreds of children, twice! But despite the tiredness it’s always amazing to see how the students bring so much joy to kids here, and of course, vice versa. By the end of each carnival kids are giving piggy back rides, hugs all around, and made new best friends. We provide awesome games like inflatable bowling and potato sack races, crafts like face painting, and the fan favorite – prizes!At the end of each carnival a few students get to share their testimony, and it is great to see students step up despite being nervous, and share what Jesus means to them.A few pics!Feb 19

It’s carnival day!
Please pray for the students as they lead this fun and exciting event. At the end of each carnival (1 in the morning, 1 in the afternoon), 4-5 students share their faith reflections with the kids. We pray that the entire event would be an incredible encouragement to the kids. 😀

Feb 18-Our three teams continue to do great work in and around san lucas. Team Avocado built their entire house in the morning work shift and got started on a third (!) house after lunch. Team Burrito worked in the town next to us, and got to connect with the owner of the home and her family. Team Chimichanga ran sports clinics and played soccer.I’m encouraged by our students willingness to jump in and connect with local people. Even though the language barrier makes much communication difficult, students don’t hesitate to engage with children, inviting them to play or color or try to talk to them.At porch time I (Adam) gave a short talk from John 13 – Jesus washing the disciples feet. Discussion in small groups on the purpose and nature of the church was a rich time of reflecting on how we can be the aroma of Christ to our friends and families back home.Today closed with a time of dinner with our sponsor children. There were 6 kids that small groups of students got to eat dinner with and give gifts of toys and coloring books.Here are a few pics from today and yesterday.Feb 17-Had a fun scavenger hunt around San Lucas yesterday afternoon; got acquainted with the culture!

After Porch Time (daily message and group discussion), dinner and ice cream, we got some sleep and are now getting ready to leave for Breakfast. Teams Burrito and Chimichanga are building houses today; Team Avocado is playing a local soccer team then leading a sports clinic for elementary age kids.

Should be a fun day!-Kyle– Feb 15Good day of travel yesterday – made it safely to Semilla and got 6-7 hours of sleep.

The team is pretty excited!
We are traveling to San Lucas Tolimán right now 👍😊

– Kyle– Feb 14

Dear Church,Our team departs for Guatemala in just two days! We’re so excited to be sending our 7th team to San Lucas Tóliman. We are 21 students and 4 leaders. This year we will be posting trip updates and pictures right here on our website. Check back to this page each day for a few short updates and pictures!(Note for Parents: any specific parent info will be emailed directly to you!)Please lift us up in prayer this week! Here are a few prayers to get you started:For protection: O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve our students and leaders on this mission trip; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.For Mission: Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ: Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.