It is a beautiful day in Guatemala. It is warm (like mid 70’s) with a nice cool breeze. I was up at 5:30AM to get an early start to the day. After some sweet quite time, I headed on my first solo venture since I arrived (yep, that means no translator). After checking in with my american contacts at the orphanage we will be visiting, I headed up the mountain to check out the place for myself. The road that goes to San Andres (where the orphanage is) was destroyed during the recent storm. So you have to drive half way there (about 1/2 hour), cross this washed out bridge on foot and the get in another vehicle (a pickup truck with 20 other people who don’t speak english) and go the rest of the way. Bringing 46 people on this journey will be awesome :o)
The tourism of Panachel will present a unique challenge to one of our primary goals on this trip. The place we are staying at (as you can see from the picture) is beautiful. As you walk through downtown Pana you see americans all over the place. In fact, I have seen over 20 americans in the last half hour alone come into the cafe that I am sitting in (one family used to live in Portage – how crazy). Anyway, the result of all this is that you get this false sense that things are better than they really are. It looks more like some of the ports of call Amy and I have visited on one of our cruised more than it does an impoverished nation. Our team is praying that the Lord will help us to break through these things and see into the hearts of the people. We want to be perceptive to their TRUE needs and respond in a way that honors Jesus.
Thank you for all your prayers thus far. As we continue, please PRAY:
- For safe travels as our group arrives tonight.
- For relationships and chemistry between leaders to be conducive to effective ministry.
- For healthy bodies… Give us wisdom on what to eat and what not to eat and protect our bodies from all illness.
- For the ministry opportunities to manifest themselves. Some things are still very unclear.
Thank you all!