Moving blocks & hiking up rocks – Day Two

Categories: High School,Students

Today’s guest post is written by Will Sowders

Even though it’s been foggy and kind of dreary ever since we got to the lake area, it doesn’t take away the magnificence of the rolling waves and stunning volcanoes. We all woke up to the sound of foreign birds chirping and familiar voices laughing. It’s nice to have this grass between my toes again. It’s like I’m back to my second home (and AJ I finally got that Chaco tan line).


We started today by having a spectacular egg and bean breakfast–traditional Guatemalan style. Then, we loaded up the bus and set off to move cinder blocks to make a wall. This wall is on a piece of land that will soon become a program center for the Abuelitos, the local elders. While most of the group stayed and continued with the cinder blocks, a couple of us got to see the progress from last year’s project. The building we helped build has grown tremendously! After, we met back at the empty lot and finished with the cinder blocks. We then met back at Happy Tummies and had sandwiches along with the Guatemalan equivalent of Fritos.






Our afternoon consisted of a hike to the top of a mountain and a lesson on the local Mayan traditions.



It’s kind of hard hiking in sandals, but the people you’re hiking with make it better. That is where I truly saw God today–in the people. Through language barriers and awkward introductions, there was no shortage of God-filled moments. From the cross at the top of the mountain to the bonding between people, God was at work and present with us.

We finished the hike and headed back to the Promised Land and ate chicken with some of the best rice I’ve ever had. After skipping rocks and showering, here I am. With the water behind me and the mountains before me. I’ve got nowhere to go but up. Love you, mom. Miss you, Googie. Keep on keeping us in your prayers.







The seniors on the trip!

Author: Jonathan Andersen

Assistant Pastor

18 Responses to "Moving blocks & hiking up rocks – Day Two"

  1. Connie Garmon Posted on April 3, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Love, Love Love the updates! Thanks! Can’t wait to hear about tomorrow. Amanda, Nannie said to tell you she is very proud of you and loves you very much. That goes for me and Daddy as well. The baseball team won….again. Cam actually got to close the game. Have fun and Shine for Jesus!!! Sending love and Praying every day for you all!

  2. Lisa Martin Posted on April 3, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Really felt like I was right there with you Jonathan. Thank you for sharing the groups wonderful day in Guatemala. The photos are great, especially around the cross. May God continue to work through you and for you in love. God Bless, Lisa, Kyle and Tyler Martin

  3. Cookie Posted on April 3, 2016 at 2:32 am

    My dearest Daniel,
    Words alone can not express the emptiness that I feel while you are away. I miss seeing your smile and hearing your voice. Please think of me daily and hurry back.

    Your friend,
    – – The Chick-Fil-A Cookie

  4. Abs Posted on April 3, 2016 at 7:53 am

    I love all these pictures!! Guatemala looks so beautiful, and with so many beautiful people. I’m sad I couldn’t join y’all this year, but I’m so glad that many other people get the amazing opportunity! To my girls, you all look so cutie in your scrubs (make sure you say cutie and not’s kinda a thing). and to my boo, can’t wait to see you and all the cool stuff you’re gonna buy me;) Keeping y’all in my prayers, have fun & stay safe!!!!

  5. sam and dicky aka mom and dad Posted on April 3, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Thinking and praying for you and your group. . Enjoy every moment and don’t ovedo. Love you bunches.

  6. Mr. Susan Posted on April 3, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Love of my life, thing are getting a little better around here. Seems the racoon family knows how to do laundry but refuse to fold. They keep making the excuse they don’t have thumbs! Lazy… that’s all they are. Not sure what’s going on, but the house has developed a strong smell of decaying fish. Really think leaving the back doors open might have something to do with it. Btw… on your way back from the airport can you pick up some toilet paper!!

  7. Robert Philo Posted on April 3, 2016 at 11:01 am

    This time change has me extremely messed up. It’s crazy to think that today is already Friday in Guatemala. Anyways I thought I would just update you on some things that have happened here in the US. Last night Villanova became the first team to get away with murder on live television since the Oregon-FSU Rose Bowl. UNC beat a team with a citrus fruit as a mascot. And Morgan Freeman is going to be the first person ever to play God in a movie and narrate a TV show about God. Oh and be sure to tell Carlos that Views hasn’t dropped yet (He’ll know what that means). Mom, I know you asked if we wanted any gifts from Guatemala. Apparently Drew asked if you could bring him back a McDouble with no pickles and a large sweet tea. Thank you so much. You have always been and will always be like a mother to me. I’m so incredibly proud. -Robert Philo

  8. The Rings Posted on April 3, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Hey, Katie! Looks like you guys are having so much fun. Your church family in High Springs all said to tell you hello. Ms. Holly and Mr. Darin are both so proud of you.
    Love, Dad, Mom, and Macy

  9. Carmen S Posted on April 3, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Love seeing these pictures! I can’t wait to see tomorrow’s entry!! Carlitos we miss you and can’t wait to hear all the stories you come up with!!

  10. Baba & Poppie Posted on April 3, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Hey Katie Ring, we love being able to follow you on your journey. It looks like you guys are working hard but still having fun. We are so very proud of you and we love you very much. Can’t wait to see you. Hey Sarah Crawford we love you too!
    Baba and Poppie

  11. Milton and Doris Bunswap Posted on April 3, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Jordie Wee,

    Have fun in Guatemala and keep doing the Lords work! Praying for safe travels and a successful trip for everyone involved! Ever since you were little we knew you had a special gift of helping others starting that day you nursed that orphan skunk back to help in Ms. Whittakers backyard!

    Love you bunches,

    “Uncle” Milton and “Aunti” Doris

  12. Amy & Greg Posted on April 3, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Hey Reagan! Hope you are having a fabulous trip! I know you are doing good work! Practice your Spanish! We are proud of you! Take care and we will see you Friday! Hugs and kisses to you and SL!
    Mom, Dad, Grant, Fat cat, Skinny cat, Baby cat, Z, & Echo

  13. Leslie Sowders Posted on April 3, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Great update Will. Sounds like you all are working hard. We are having our “spring break “in Boston with snow. We are expected to have up to 8 inches of snow tomorrow. We continue to pray for you. Leslie & Little Will

    Hello Mrs. Susan!

  14. Mr. Cookie Posted on April 3, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Daniel, not sure who you are, but Cookie is my wife! May I suggest you start frequenting Hardee’s across the street! They are better suited to serve your kind! Btw… leave the local Galleta alone while you’re there.

  15. Deanne and Michael Posted on April 3, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Looks like you all are doing a good job keeping busy. Michael and I are sitting at the lake. It’s kind of chilly.
    We love seeing the pictures and we are sharing them with the family.
    Looking forward to seeing tonight’s post..
    Let me know what you want me to cook for you when you get home 🙂
    Banana Bread????
    Chicken and Dumplings???
    Flank Steak?????
    or how about TACOS ???
    proud you all !!

  16. Caroline Posted on April 3, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    As I miss you all so much and love to be complicated and annoying, my comment shall thrice times visit you. The prologue goes as follows:
    A letter to the HMUMC Guatemala mission team.
    To many: Go easy on those delicious cookies
    To one: lay off the garbanzo beans
    I hope y’all have truly enjoyed the beginning of this amazing week. If you have not already done so, you should probably go ahead and lay your problems down and surrender to God what has been bugging you. Ask him to fix your eyes on his presence at work around you. If you have been fearful of getting to know certain people or even trying new food, get over it because people are great and food is even better! Whilst on the topic of people, never let anyone make you feel inferior. This is your trip, your chance to draw nearer to God and be his hands and feet! Forget the haters (insert winky tongue face). As always, love your favorite person ever and try not to die from anticipation as you await the continuation of this three part epic comment.

  17. Tracey Hill Posted on April 3, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Katie and Jordan,
    Just wanted to send a quick note to you both to tell you that you are missed and loved lots! We are enjoying the updates and pictures very much. May God continue to shine through you. Enjoy each moment and experience to the fullest. Take lots of pictures if you can. Look forward to the stories that you will have to tell.
    Also, I read something today that I wanted to share – The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. Thought it was a good quote to pass along.

  18. Lynnette Cook Posted on April 6, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Guys! Glad you are. All doing well. I’ve been thinking about and or dying for you all this this week. Thank you for doing Hod’s work!

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