Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Well, this past week we spent in Solola was great!    We were at an elevation of over 7,500 feet and even running across the street got us out of breath.  We mostly worked with a program that Compassion Intl has in place in Santa Lucia (in the district of Solola)  The program that Compassion runs is for about 160 ninos for ages 5 to 11.  They only have 5 or 6 teachers and they very very happy to have the extra help.  Tom, Connie and Debbie came up with a terrific program that engaged all of the ninos really well.  There was a drama, a skit, an interpretive dance by Camila, crafts & coloring, games and singing - it really was a great time.

We stayed in a church on the floor (all 15 of us in 1 big room – and believe it or not snoring was not an issue!) with outdoor bathrooms (shower and toilets) – none of he buildings have heat, many openings don’t have any windows (didn’t see any bugs) and it got pretty cold every night.  The ladies of the church prepared our meals.  Lunches were the best and were absolutely wonderful – stir fried rice, chicken and pasta things!  Most of us got fairly tired of all black beans, eggs and tortillas that we had for most of our breakfasts and dinners.

One work project we did for our host church was to paint the interior of the building - everyone got into the project and we got most of it covered with 2 coats of paint.

Friday evening we participated in the church’s youth program for the young adults.  About 20 ladies and gentlemen showed up.  We did an icebreaker game, sang some songs (we didn’t know any of them), Camila gave her testimony in Spanish and Tom gave a message through an interpreter to encourage them.  Afterwards we all roasted marshmallows on a fire outside under a beautiful full moon.

Saturday morning we packed up and headed to Guatemala City with a detour to Panajachel on Lake Atitlan.  There we had lunch, took a boat ride on the lake and did a bit of sight-seeing.
We got back on the road around 2:30 to head to Guatemala City and the 1st 12 kilometers was a very steep incline and the van I was driving I had to drive the van in 1st gear due to the steep incline.  We’re now safely here in Guatemala City each family unit is staying with a different family.  We are really enjoying the hot showers with copious amounts of water.  And of course we have the more familiar food and the sights and sounds of a big city.  don't forget the traffic!  Thanks for praying for us!  Check out all the new pictures that have been posted to our album.