Trusting the Moments

Leaving the Western Highlands of Xela and traveling to the coast is a total change of environment. Mazatenango was a hot 90+ at noon. Our pace slowed way down and my hair went up. The mountain pines are replaced with tropical coconut and banana trees. This is where it all began for me in February 2011. I found a hammock under the full moon tonight and rocked out a few prayers of thanksgiving for all that has transpired over the past 9 years. I remember like it was yesterday the early morning prayers from this same spot. I had no idea what was ahead.

As we arrive at Mazate we are reunited with friends from Tennessee who have been coming to Guatemala for 20 years. Norris Allen started the whole adventure in 2000 and began inviting others. It was a conversation between two new friends: one from Guatemala and one from the USA. The rest is history.

We did community visits today. It was great to visit with Pastor Felix and his family; Pastor Manuel and Pastor Moises. The school at La Toma looks great. The water project has come to a halt because of payment issues and Pastor Manuel’s iglesia is getting a renovation that will be complete next week. It was great to catch up with these friends!

Pastor Moeises, Pastor Manuel, Pastor Jasón, Pastor Felix, Me
Feliz and his wife, Aurora and their family have been friends of our church for many years. It is joy to visit in their home.
Walking out from Felix’s home

La Toma school looks great. Fresh paint. Lots of love and care here.
Classroom at La Toma school. This is one we built in 2011-12
Looking back up towards the main road
Beautiful trees in the coastal region

Pastor Manuel’s church is getting a renovation. It looks awesome! They will be bak in here worshipping next week. Meanwhile they worship in homes.

Mural focal point in Manuel’s church.

Eveytime I arrive at Bambu in Mazatenango I need this Scripture. Today is no exception. Grateful.

Trusting the moments to God’s timing and grace allows us to take a deep breath and let go of the “what if’s” or the “why’s” and the “when’s” in every corner of our lives. The past 9 years of relationships here in Guatemala have been incredible. God has blessed us with friendships and experiences that continue to shape our lives and faith. For Norris, that is a 20 year reflection! Here’s to the next 11 years. Merciful God, in your faithfulness let it be whatever you desire it to be. Amen!

One thought on “Trusting the Moments

  • Tho I have only done one mission there I love seeing pictures of and hearing names of the people and places I have been!

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