It’s been about 12 years since I’ve been to Guatemala . . . but only 6 months since Kaisa’s been there. And now we both get to go again!
Since I started working with Impact Ministries last year, there’s been discussion of when I could go and visit. Communicating effectively about a ministry is so much easier when you have first-hand experience 🙂 . I missed a staff team trip over the summer, because the timing just didn’t work out for us. Then there started to be talk of a trip for the Grand Opening celebration for the newest school . . . yes, on the site where we were on the eMi trip a dozen years ago, and in the building in which the girls’ team ran a VBS. The timing happened to be over Kaisa’s spring break. Kevin & Talia had different plans – but Kaisa and I are going to Guatemala!
We’ll be there for about 10 days. Kaisa will be helping out in a classroom, while I’ll be meeting face-to-face with a bunch of wonderful people who I usually only see online. I’ll be joining in a number of activities to give me a broad overview of what Impact Ministries all does. We’ll also get to meet our new sponsor child and be able to stop by the class we support. And then, of course, we’ll get to celebrate the new school in Chijulhá (a few other from our church will be up for that celebration, too).
I’m excited, and a bit nervous. I’ve been trying to learn a bit of Spanish, hunting down Spanish picture books at thrift stores, and am starting to get packed up. Less than a week to go!
Will you pray for us while we’re there? Pray that God will speak to us and through us, and that our time in Guatemala will be a blessing all around.