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.