I arrived in Guatemala on Friday night in Guatemala City. We drove to Panajachel (Pana) and spent Saturday and Sunday there doing "touristy" things. On Sunday we drove across the lake to a church in San Pedro where we worshiped with the locals...It was all in Spanish! After church we packed our suitcases and drove the 2 hours to Xela (Quetzeltenango) where we would be working for the next week. We spent our time building walls for a new school because they had significantly outgrown their old one. I spent one morning there visiting a different school where I was able to do crafts with the kids, read them books, and play soccer with the older kids. That was probably one of the most memorable experiences of the trip. On Wednesday night we organized a soccer game with a few guys from our group and some missionaries against a Guatemalan team. They creamed us. (But it was a lot of fun!) We finished all of our building on Thursday, and so on Friday we drove back to AMG's headquarters in Guatemala City. There we visited a school in Verbena. The kids there loved to be picked up and played with; I had a lot of fun there too. We left early on Saturday morning for the airport, and I arrived home around 8:00.
This week was probably one of the best weeks of my life. Not only did I get to help Christians from a different country and culture (or did they help me?), but I also was able to experience how God is a God of all languages as we prayed, sang, and laughed together in our native tongues. God taught me a lot of who I was as a person and who he is as God. This trip put many things into perspective (just how important are ACT scores, really?). I can't wait to go back!!