Our first week is complete. There are so many stories and little time to tell but there will be many days of sharing to come. Today part of the team travels to Chichicastatenango to experience the market and others remain here at Bambu. All of us will be resting so we can work hard next week. The time flies by. Hard to imagine but the logistics of food, clean up, carrying tools & supplies, etc. daily for 23 people keeps everyone busy.
This morning as I was walking back to my room I heard the voices of Sarah and Todd saying the prayers of the prayer team back at home. It was the 6:30am time…when the daily prayer team is in the sanctuary at home saying those same prayers. Their voices were beautiful to me and they sounded like a chorus. It must have been the angels, I’m not sure, but it is good.
Our progress on construction is going well. We are still decking the roof with the back side almost complete (one classroom left) and the front coming along just fine. I love being on the roof but I welcome today’s break from the sun and hammer!
Vacation Bible School continued with Sarah and her team in the young classrooms yesterday. They love the story of the lepers and the songs are received with much joy. Their smiles are unending. Their hands reaching out to grab one of ours. No one will forget these moments.
These are hands and voices joined in Hope…joined in Love…shared Joy. What will their memory be? What will our memory be? Hearts and lives are transformed in this sharing.
Randy Odom and I, along with our translator, Julia, taught in the 6th grade classroom yesterday. With the help of Ana and Kristina, La Toma teachers, we talked about wisdom (Sabiduria) for life. Where does it come from? How do we get it? What happens once we get it? And for what??? So we can be salt of the earth; light of the world for God’s glory. We engage the children with their thoughts and then connect them with scripture and truth they can apply to the specific situations of daily life. It was a good time and so nice to be with Ana and Kristina again.
For every day here I need about 4 hours of writing time and a bit more for reflection. I find myself writing lessons, learning and notes on the bus as I try to keep up with all that God is showing me. I am grateful beyond words. The roof is hot and I love being up there. Hard labor and sweat is good for the soul. Today, however, I welcome the break from the sun, I anticipate the cold air of Chichicastaengango and more than a moment for my spirit to listen closely to what is being given. Let it be.
10 thoughts on “Week One”
Who is/are your traslators this time?
Julia is our translator. She is in the picture with Randy and Kristina.
Thank you for helping us be a part of your mission trip as you share your pictures, heart and soul. We are keeping your team, which includes our son-in-law Todd, in our prayers
Thank you so much for reading and praying for us! Todd is being a great help, leader and disciple. We are thankful he is with us. And your daughter, Amy, is an amazing lady!
Vona: Keep up with the blog…..I am experiencing this trip through your words.
Peg, your reading and prayers are more than you know. thank you. love and prayers for you and all the OM’s.
I’m forwarding your posts to team 6 members. Looks like all is going well. Can you tell me how many teachers there are at the La Toma school?
Sandi, there are 19 including the principal. Thank you for reading and sharing!
Great–thanks for getting back to me. I’m enjoying seeing the progress in real time. Seems as though all is progressing muy bien. Praying your second week is safe and a blessing for all. Sandi
Hi, Vona. Are there any photos of the construction progress? How “decks” are related to roofing I can’t quite envision. I appreciate the close-ups of everyone helping build the classrooms, but does someone there have a more distanced picture, a “big picture” of the school in progress? Thanks, Christine