Saying goodbye – day six 

Categories: High School,Students

Today’s post is by Reagan Mahaley–a senior who has been on the trip every year we’ve come. 

Yesterday included a mixture of smiles, laughs and warm hearts.

We began in the morning with the Abuelitos, which means little grandparents in Spanish. Unfortunately, many of them have been neglected by their families and are forced to survive on their own. Because of this, the Impacto staff share the uplifting word of God and give them a nutritious meal which allows them to perceive the world in a new light. We introduced ourselves, danced, and made crafts. Their hugs and smiles will forever be in my heart!

After lunch we got to see the kids at Happy Tummies one last time. We shared a lunch of beans, rice, and tortillas with them. They sang us songs in a Mayan dialect, Spanish, and English. And after that, we did crafts and played with bubbles. You would not believe how amazed and entertained they were from a few bubbles. Those kids are so content even though they have so little.

We said our final goodbyes and rode the bus back to the Promised Land. Back at the Promised Land, we ate dinner and summed up the trip with ice cream and a memorable discussion. Guatemalan ice cream is the best!

Today, we’re doing some sight seeing in Panajachel on the lake and then we’re headed to Antigua for the night. Before you know it we will be back home in Georgia.

See y’all then!

















Author: Jonathan Andersen

Assistant Pastor

8 Responses to "Saying goodbye – day six "

  1. Michael & Deanne Duckett Posted on April 7, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    We are so proud to see smiling faces and joy only God can bring. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow when you get home!


    Michael and Deanne Duckett

  2. Connie Garmon Posted on April 7, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Praying for safe travels home! Can’t wait to see and hear about your experiences. Much love to you all!

  3. Steve Posted on April 7, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Hello Team,
    As I write this post it is windy and 68 degrees here in Dacula. The last couple of days have been cool and I think it is because some of our warmest hearts are in Guatemala. While you have been there doing God’s work and sharing the love of Jesus Christ, the world has continued to move along as “usual”. It is still a broken place that needs His disciples to pick up our crosses and follow Him. Please know that by answering His call this week, you are changing the world for the better. It is already a better place, not only for the people that God connected you with, but also your family, friends, church and of course yourselves. God has touched a lot of lives this week. Thank you for allowing Him to use your hands, feet and smiles.

    – – Steve

  4. Baba & Poppie Posted on April 7, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    We have so loved seeing all the pictures and reading the blogs. We know you will all be home tomorrow and you will cherish this week forever. We are so proud of the work you are doing spreading God’s word. Can’t wait to see you Katie Ring!

  5. GRayRay Posted on April 7, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Ok I really cried tonite as I saw and felt the emotion of leaving friends. I know you all are tired and have lots to remember. I love this night the most as you experience a real intimate time on the roof as you celebrate God and His amazing love. I can’t wait to hear all the stories and am sure it will be a hard day tomorrow. Someone text me when u get back if it is in the evening. Praying for safe travels and no difficulties. Thanks all and much love❤️😃🙏

  6. Caroline Posted on April 8, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Well I am super excited for the amazing week y’all have enjoyed in Guatemala, but you should live it up while you still can. Things have gone to shambles here in the states! Before you return I thought if worn you of some crazy occurrences that you would not have otherwise known about:
    Chipotle has been shut down after a massive outbreak of ecoli that turns its victims into zombies. We have managed to fight most of them off because they are like really super slow, but it’s still pretty alarming over here. You’ll probably deal with them at the airport but you just kind of hit them with something heavy and they slowly saunter away. Also, in a very confusing turn of events that don’t really make any sense we had the presidential election early.. Trump one, so when you get back just be ready for that. Let’s see, mini ponies have been outlawed so if you see one just like don’t touch it idk it’s pretty random but there are huge fines for owning one so just don’t bring one back from Guatemala. Also, people no longer say words like “cheese” “farm” or “stapler” here.. I guess a lot can change in a week with pop culture you know. Also, Miley Cyrus has renounced her ways and become a nun, so that was random and weird but it may/may not be for the better. Only time will tell. Anyways, have a safe trip back but just know a lot has changed in the week and I didn’t want y’all to have a giant culture shock! Love you guys!!!

  7. Susy Douglas Posted on April 8, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Just wanted to say a big thanks to Jonathan and David for their spiritual guidance on the trip. Thanks for all of the hard work and care from all the adults that looked out for the youth. Great job from the youth in sharing God’s love. So glad that Katie has you all in her life. Katie, I am so proud of you for answering God’s calling.


  8. Mr. Susan Posted on April 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    THANK YOU GOD for delivering Susan back to us. Now that she’s back she hasn’t stopped power spray washing us, feeding us, clipping our toenails, doing laundry, delousing our hair, and getting the power restored. I would really appreciate prayers for Susan as she finishes the laundry while a take a well deserved nap.

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