by Robby Cella, Director of Youth Programs
Familiarity and group cohesion hit their sweet spot as the team crossed the midway point for their time in Guatemala. Deeper friendships and deeper connections are being made as students and adults all work together, whether it be hammering nails and laying concrete, or running lessons, playing games, and corralling Guatemalan kiddos.
With it comes increased fatigue as the rigors of the work days compound on one another. Exhaustion that affects stomachs and joints alike sidelines the occasional team member; afternoon naps, after a long days work, become more commonplace. This is all completely normal, of course. Most mission trips have similar rhythms.
Work continued today in Chichi with more work sites and more VBS. This time VBS took place in Chichi rather than at Chulamal, which is a couple miles outside the city. The school is larger and more resourced, but with it comes larger groups of kids who can be more difficult to manage at times.
Construction consisted of the framing of a new house for a family. Students and adults measured the lines, dug the holes, cut the beams, hammered the nails, and put up the walls, all in the course of a day to provide this family a place to lay their heads in the evening.
This trip is teaching all of us so much and we're grateful for all that the Lord has put before us, to teach us and lead us and show us his heart for these people. We pray we can be a support to them and join them in the mission of God already underway here in Guatemala.