We have arrived! The flight in was easy and smooth. The bus ride (4 hours) not so much. It was smooth the first hour or so and then a bit like driving on a river bed full of uneven rocks. The landscape is beautiful and we passed by fields of sugar cane, met a few cows in the roadway and got a glimpse of the volcano that erupted last year. It poured rain on our bus ride to Mazatenango. I loved it because of experiencing the rainy season in Nicaragua. But…it’s not the rainy season in Guatemala now so it was a nice surprise!
We were delighted to arrive at Hotel Bambu. It is very pleasant and will make for a good “home away from home”. All of the team is here now, 16 of us I think. The two (Robin and Woody) that have been here a couple of days had supper ready when we arrived.
Calvin (from 61st Ave United Methodist) did fantastic on the first flight of his life. It was very nice to see Pastor Paul, Annette (Calvin’s wife) and Calvin at the airport this morning. I hope this is one of many experiences where the two congregations are in service together in new lands. It seems a good and timely growth of our covenant. Sarah McGinley’s brother, Howard, and his wife Sally joined us here. They are from a United Methodist Church in Ohio, both long veterans of this Guatemala mission team.