Holá from Guatemala! It is only the third day of interaction with the people of Guatemala and God has already shown and blessed my team and me in so many ways. Today, we divided into 3 teams. The first team went to the build sites that we started yesterday in an attempt to finish building the houses. Another team went to an orphanage and then to a local church for VBS. My team also went to an orphanage; however, this specific orphanage was especially for children with special needs. It was such a blessing to see these sweet children act so joyful even though they had a disability. They did not even realize anything was wrong with them and loved us completely. From the time I got there, one specific girl really attached to me. Her name was Rosemary. All she wanted to do was hug me, kiss my hand, and dance. The smile on her face from just doing those simple things was priceless. We did many other things with the other kids such as push them in the swing, sing songs with them, and just love on them (even though we were really the ones who got loved on).
After we left the orphanage and much confusion on where our VBS site was, we finally arrived at a local church pastored by Edgar. We had about 40 kids show up. I had the privilege, along with 2 other girls, to teach the bible study about Jesus’ life. It really blessed me how attentive they were and how they longed to hear what we had to say. After that, we had a craft. We made butterflies with coffee filters, clothes pins, and markers to go along with the verse 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” They spent so much time coloring and getting it just right. Finally, we had recreation. All of the guys on our team played soccer and Frisbee and all of the girls painted fingernails. I am pretty sure I am a professional now because of how many fingernails I have painted. It was so sweet because all of the girls faces just lit up as we painted them. Seeing that made me realize how much we take for granted.
When we got done with VBS, we headed back to the mission house. Shortly after we arrived, we found out that we had no water whatsoever. My human nature of course automatically went to me. I began to get really frustrated and think “why can’t they just fix it so I can shower and wash my hands?” Not long after those thoughts, I began to think about the children we have been working with the past 3 days. Most of them came to us dirty, not knowing when the next time they would be able to wash off would be, but they didn’t care. They had love and that’s all they needed to have joy. I just realized how often I get so caught up in me and my needs that I forget to look around and realize the desperate need of the lost and needy people all around me everyday. It also is a perfect representation of Christ. We think that we need to be clean and holy before we come to him, but quite the opposite is true. He wants us just the way we are, dirty hands and all. I’m so thankful for such an amazing opportunity to come to such a beautiful country and share God’s love to such beautiful people. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for the rest of the week!