Written by Benjamin Hering Friday, 13 August 2010 07:26
Saquer! (For those of you who aren't fluent in Cakchiquel, a Mayan dialect in Northern Guatemala, that means "hello.")
We thought we'd check in after our latest excursion up to San Raymundo. We left last Sunday and got there just in time for the National Day of Prayer event that the YFC was hosting. We were amazed by how many people had gathered on a rainy afternoon to pray for the youth of Guatemala. There were two bands and five speakers from all over the country gathered to lead their nation in interceding for the youth. It was awesome.
The next day we had a chance to visit some families in a village near by to see how they make some of the goods we had seen in the markets. We watched the women you see in the picture here cut, strip and bend bamboo into beautiful baskets. It was fascinating to watch them work, and they were generous in explaining the processes and sharing a bit of their lives with us. In the four days were were there we played six concerts, most of them in schools. At every single one of the concerts we had an opportunity to pray with the students who had committed their lives to Christ, and that experience itself has been a blessing to us beyond what any of us had expected. We are now back in Guatemala City and gearing up for our last few days. **sniff, sniff**
We ended up without any concerts today due to some trouble with the vehicles, but we were not idle by any stretch of the imagination. We spent the day washing out recently repaired van and truck so that their exteriors fit their shiny new parts, and we also had some time to practice (a rarity while overseas)! It was a wonderful day spent together at "home." Tomorrow we have three concerts scheduled and only three more after that until we see you all again. Please pray for us as we strive to maintain our focus and learn about what we will do with the lessons we've learned and the love we've experienced while we have been here. We can't wait to see you all again and hear about what God has been doing in your lives in the last 5 weeks. Until then, we urge you, as we urge ourselves, to continue to live a life worthy of the calling you've received.
See you soon!
P.S. To the new FullTimers: WELCOME to the family!!!!! We are anxious to meet all of you and we are praying for you.
P.P.S. Honduras and Mozambique, it's been great to read your updates. We're praying for you too.
P.P.P.S. (Is that even possible?) The pictures you see here are from our trip to Antigua (the scenic outlook and cross), the women weaving baskets in San Raymundo, and one of the concerts we played there as well.