Day one in Guatemala!

Categories: High School,Students

Today’s post is by David Benson–the Director of Student Ministries

Yesterday was our first full day here in Guatemala and it has definitely been exciting. We started the day off with an incredible breakfast and I have to say that the Guatemala coffee is on “Fleek” or amazing!


After the mornings electric heat powered shower and some time reading in Mark in the Bible, we loaded up the bus and headed to San Juan La Laguna. When we arrived we split into two teams; one team to work with the Abuelitas, and the other to move dirt. (I’ll explain in a minute)

Team one spent the morning dancing with the Abuelitas and enjoyed trying to communicate with the older folks who mostly spoke in a Mayan dialect. We had a translator, which was extremely helpful, however the language barrier was definitely a factor. Smiles were the key for the morning.



Team two spent the morning tiring rebar and filling a giant gully next to the building with dirt. They probably shoveled and bucketed dirt close to a thousand times!


The morning definitely left us hungry for a great lunch packed together by the wonderful Impacto staff–all of which have gone out of there way to make us feel welcomed. During the afternoon team two played with kids at the Happy Tummies facility we helped build last year and team one moved dirt and helped move a cut down tree. The Guatemalan children were truly a blessing to be with. We played catch, soccer, tag and even “hide-and-go” seek in a giant cardboard box. The smiles kept coming.





We left San Juan La Laguna around 5pm and headed back for showers and dinner in the city next door where our lodging is located–San Pedro La Laguna. The sunset was beautiful and we even had time to skip rocks on the lake shore.

Our first day ended with a carb filled dinner of spaghetti and bread and an incredible salad and cookies. The power went out around 8pm so worship and devotion was all by candlelight. Internet here is spotty so if the updates aren’t as often as you’d like, we’re sorry! Even so, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect night! Everyone shared there praises and thoughts on the day and is in good spirits.

I was so proud of the way our students worked and helped out. The smiles were contagious and made the language barrier go away. We made quite a few new friends on Day 1 and are ready for another awesome day today.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers! Much love HMUMC!

Author: Jonathan Andersen

Assistant Pastor

12 Responses to "Day one in Guatemala!"

  1. Kimberly Conner Posted on April 8, 2015 at 11:04 am

    We are glad to see that all is well. We are praying for God’s Will within your mission. We miss Caroline, especially Kenzie. I bet the kids got a kick out of Jake Larosa. Can’t wait to see him dance with the Abuelitos! We Love You, Caro!

  2. sandie Crawford Posted on April 8, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Love love love the pictures!! The smiles on everyone’s face are priceless!! God Bless each of you!!

  3. Deborah and Caroline Renner Posted on April 8, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    We love you Googie:) Looks like you are having a fun time. Stay safe and minister to all! We love you and miss you!

  4. George Pearson Posted on April 8, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Looks like you guys are having fun. Stay safe and keep ministering to everyone.

  5. Erika & Carlos Benitez Posted on April 8, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Tito we miss you! We love you, oh and dopey misses you too! We can’t wait till you get home!! May God bless you Tito. We’ll see you when we see you!! Xoxo

  6. Georgia Posted on April 8, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    great hearing all your adventures!! Miss you guys and love the photos! Praying every day! Shout out to my mom – nurse Rachel you are as fleek as the Guatemalan coffee! Keep sharing that TLC scrip around to the group!! See you all when you return!

  7. Leanne LaRosa Posted on April 8, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Jake:) we love and miss you already! I know you are doing great things and can’t wait to hear all about it!
    We love you !
    Mom, Dad,John and Leah

  8. Rob & Cindi Marbury Posted on April 8, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Thanks so much for the update. Sounds like you are all filled with joy doing God’s work there. Thank you for representing the love of Jesus, and Hamilton Mill, UMC so well. We are praying for you ALL every day. And we are laughing at how tall Jordan looks in the pictures.

  9. sandie Crawford Posted on April 9, 2015 at 8:55 am

    So, take Jake to Guatemala and he still dances:):) Love the dancing photo!! Susan love the box picture. Toooo funny. Drew, I am guessing you are reading the Bible in Spanish, love it an love your love for the Spanish culture!
    David are you dancing with grandma? Super sweet!!
    Missing my family deeply, but glad you are serving our Lord! Tom your plants are beautiful, Girls, your dogs are good and need lots of attention!! All the pictures posted makes this mom smile a lot! Love them!!
    So proud of each of you for being the “light”!
    Hugs from Hot Lanta (86) Had to turn on AC, sorry Tomcat:)

  10. Grandma Sue Posted on April 9, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Great pics. So delighted to see our youngsters so happy and involved. Bless each of you. Brielle, it’s hot up on the mountain. Wish you were here but so glad that you are where you are. Looking foreward to hearing y’all’s recounting of this week.

  11. Katie hill Posted on April 9, 2015 at 11:36 am

    I FINALLY FOUND THE BLOG YES. Okay anyways I am so happy for all of you & I’ve been praying for you all. I cannot wait to see you guys Sunday. 🙂 college craziness is going well & I’ve found two that I love & I have NYU today & nova tomorrow & George Mason the next day but AHHHHHH. I know you guys are doing amazing super awesome things & I can’t wait to hear all about it. I love all of you god bless stay safe 🙂

  12. Jackson Flint Posted on April 9, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Way to go everyone. Keep spreading Gods word, and enjoy yourself.. Special hello to Abigail Renner, and our hard working “twins” Cameron and Lindsey Lee.. Keep serving, and give those kids a special week in Gods,love. Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh

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