Guatemala Project 2015
As many know, I was blessed to get the opportunity to travel to Guatemala on a mission trip with Guatemala Mission Project – guatemalaproject.org . I am very thankful for all of the support and prayers that you all have provided me with on this journey! It was one of the most beautiful experiences that I have ever been through. The culture, the people, and the richness that was found, in ways other than money, made this mission trip quite different.
We traveled to a few different areas in Guatemala and were able to see how they lived and how their culture showed through. Most lived extremely humbly. While we were installing the stoves it would be in a small adobe brick room with dirt floors and natural light that was coming from the door. We would see all of the corn hanging from the ceiling or stacked up from just being harvested. The culture was humble, but beautiful, and they were making the best out of whatever the situation they were placed in. We also visited and supplied clinics that were overflowing with need and schools with wonderful children loving the opportunity to learn and loving, even more, the new school supplies.
Saying that Guatemalans are hard workers is a huge understatement. On the streets of wherever you were in Guatemala you will see men, and even young boys, hauling loads of wood or boxes that could easily snap their backs. They walk up mountains to support their families and their work is very demanding. Women and children were eager to learn and to even help when it came to installing the stoves. They craved a new thing that came with more independence, like the stoves. The stoves heat up quite fast, use less wood, and the people are no longer being affected by the danger of the smoke.
Richness in life isn’t measured by money, being in Guatemala that is very apparent. These people have gone through more than most of us have dealt with but they do it with such grace and humility. They have smiles on their faces and take care of each other. They were grateful for a stove that took less than an hour to install, but in that time it was one less thing for them to worry about in their families. The richness in the Guatemalan people is an eye opening experience for everyone. I would highly encourage anyone that is able to go on the next trip, or support this wonderful ministry. Please also visit our Facebook page for photos from our trip and further information- www.facebook.com/guatemalamissionprojectIAI