On the road in Guatemala

Categories: High School,Students



Today’s blog post from the Student Mission trip to Guatemala was written by David Benson – HMUMC’s Director of Student Ministries

This morning I woke up rather and started asking God to pour out His Holy Spirit upon every second of our day. I prayed and asked God that our departure from the church would run smoothly, travel to the airport would be steady and safe, check-in and security to be swift, and our travel to Guatemala via airplane peaceful for all. We managed to get out of Atlanta without any hiccups, even though we may have had a few passport scares before we left!

However, we won’t go into that here! 😉

The weather in Guatemala was a nice breezy 75 degrees at the airport and quickly cooled once we got out of the city. It was great seeing Tony Mendez and Bryce Newton—two of Impacto Ministry’s workers—at the airport! They greeted us with hugs and big smiles. We are blessed to have the “best bus driver in Guatemala” again this week—Manuel. After driving a couple of hours we made a mid-way stop at Katok where we enjoyed an incredible authentic Guatemalan dinner of chicken, rice, guacamole, tortillas and squash soup. It was really good and much needed after the long morning! The rest of the drive was rather smooth compared to the Friday morning Atlanta traffic.

Around 8:30pm local time, we arrived to our housing for the week. They call it “The Promised Land” and it’s beautiful. We unloaded our supplies, got our stuff moved into our rooms, and then sat down and enjoyed a quick late night dinner with Tony and Bryce to recap the day and look at the week ahead.

Tomorrow we will be helping put up some walls around a nearby ministry project and then heading out on a hike to the cross at the top of “La Nariz Del Indio.”

It has been a long but good day! God is good and we’re excited to be here working with and serving alongside the amazing people of Guatemala. We praise God for a great day and for the awesome opportunities to share his love in the week ahead!

Please continue to keep our team and families back home in your prayers.


Loading up the 30+ bags!






This guy caused a little traffic jam as he roamed the streets!

Author: Jonathan Andersen

Assistant Pastor

16 Responses to "On the road in Guatemala"

  1. Steven Ring Posted on April 2, 2016 at 3:30 am

    Thanks for the update guys. Love seeing all those smiling faces ready to serve God. Have a blessed week. We are lifting you guys up in prayer.

    – – Steve

  2. Deanne and Michael Posted on April 2, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Amazing pictures !!! Spread The Word everyone !!!! We are praying for you !!!

  3. Connie Garmon Posted on April 2, 2016 at 8:30 am

    So happy to hear you arrived safely! I know God is with you all and will work mightily through you. Prayers continue daily for this Guatemala team. You all are amazing. To my sweet Amanda, I miss you already but so happy that you have the opportunity once again to go on a mission trip. Enjoy your time, work hard, and shine for Jesus! I love you, Angel Face!

  4. Mr. Susan Posted on April 2, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Hey baby! Hope you’re having a blast. Hope you get home soon. The laundry is piling up and will be waiting for you when you get back. Don’t overdue it and rest up! Love, you’re loving husband!

  5. Rachael AKA GRay Ray Posted on April 2, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Hi everyone I miss being with you but am there in spirit praying hard for you. May you all see God today as you work and make relationships that change lives for Him. Stay healthy and be safe. Love Rachael

  6. Tom Uzzell Posted on April 2, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Well, with me being a thinking man and all, it appears Abby is really asleep and everyone else is mocking her. So thank you for making her feel like she is still at home. Well played. If I am wrong let me just live my dream.
    So glad you make it with many prayers lifted your way.

  7. Jan Watkins Posted on April 2, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    May God continue to bless your stay and work. You all truly are the hands and feet of Jesus. Que Dios les bendiga .
    Tu hermana en Jesucristo,
    Jan Watkins

  8. The Ring Family Posted on April 2, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    We are so happy that you arrived safely. We are excited to hear about the work and service you are doing this week. We love you all! We miss you already, Katie.

  9. Robert Philo Posted on April 2, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Dear Mom,
    When you left you made a comment about how none of your children were going to leave a comment for you on the blog. I am now officially the first one to leave a comment. Best son ever??? I hope you are having a great time in Guatemala. I’m so proud of everything that you have become. You’ve grown up so fast. Apparently that cow wanted to start beef with you. I apologize. I had to slip a pun in there somewhere. Please be sure to tell Will that he looks incredibly frat in those HMUMC shades. Oh and tell Carlos that Views hasn’t dropped yet (He’ll know what that means). Stay safe and I look forward to hearing all about it. -Robert Philo

  10. Rich Lee Posted on April 2, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    It sure looks like everyone is having a good trip and being the Light. Cameron please keep Lindsey away from the Hot Sauce and Linds please dont hurt the Pastor when you pitch!!!!
    God Bless all of you in this incredible journey!!!!

  11. Steven Ring Posted on April 2, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Hey Katie, Hope that you are having a good time. We love you very much.

    – – Steve R.

  12. Tracey Hill Posted on April 2, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Happy to hear that you all arrived safely. Love seeing the pictures! So proud and hope that you had a great first day. Will keep you all in my prayers.
    Katie, hope that you have found something that you like to eat – ha! Oh, and Villanova was on fire tonight 95-51. Going to the finals!
    Love and hugs,

  13. Mr. Susan Posted on April 2, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Dearest Susan, is there anyway you can leave early. We are not doing well. The laundry has now piled up so much that the dogs can’t get outside and this morning I think I saw a family of raccoons living amongst the hills of underwear and socks.

  14. Mark Westmoreland Posted on April 2, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I saw the post-hike photo today. Nurse Westmoreland looked pretty spent. I hope you are all doing well. I’m saying a prayer for you now. Please tell my wife I love her and that Daisy is doing OK.

  15. Laura Titlow Posted on April 3, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Praying for you guys! Reading these blogs sure do make me miss the place. Tell everyone I said hello.

  16. Jeff Hill Posted on April 3, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Thanks for the updates! It is wonderful to see everyone as they are doing Gods work. We are so proud of you Katie. Now that I see you are so good at lifting cinder blocks I might have some work for you to do when you come home. Hope you are having a great time. Miss you, love you and keeping you and everyone in our prayers at all times.

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