Tuesday, day four in Guatemala, was another success. Everyone is settling into the rhythm and adjusting well. The group continues to show strength and determination, despite sore muscles and lack of sleep caused by barking dogs. Today the group was split up again, with some going to the Chulumal school and others going to a construction site. VBS went smoothly and the kids had a great time! The construction site was also a big success as the group learned to spread concrete, put up walls, and install roofs. All in all, the day was one full of hard but fulfilling work, and it ended as all days should, with a tasty meal and great company.
Sergio and his family, including his father Serapio, who is the pastor of the church in Chulumal, were our guests. Sergio is one of our most important contacts in Chichi and the surrounding areas, and he makes our missions possible with his hard work and tireless dedication to his community. He told us a lot about the importance of education in the community and the progressive changes he has seen in the area. He discussed the change in the general community as older, more traditional ideas about gender, education, and work fade away and people begin to embrace a more open and positive opinion of women and education for all. At the end, he generously gave out gifts to everyone in the group, including wonderful pouches, hats, and shawls.
As the group prepares for another day full of work and fun, we should all take a minute to realize how blessed we are to live the lives we do, and also take some time to think about what we can learn from the dedication and faith of the Guatemalan people. Goodnight!