Aug

10

Guatemala 2016 | Bearing Witness

“Are you ok?” she asked kindly, concerned by the tears she saw as she walked to the bathroom in the back of the plane. I could only point to the TV screen as a response, since I couldn’t bring myself to say “Yes” or “It’s just a movie” because neither of those was true. I […]

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Aug

05

Guatemala 2016 | Relentless Hope

I have felt the weight of transitioning back to “normal” life after Guatemala in almost every fiber of my being. I am exhausted physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and relationally. I feel as if I need to ration out each day’s energy carefully, lest I run out too early. Much like Janet shared in her blog, […]

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Aug

04

Guatemala 2016 | The Scent of Christ

I caught the scent of Christ in Guatemala. There were flowers blooming everywhere– orchid, hibiscus, bird of paradise— and their perfume filled the air. But it wasn’t until I stood on the far side of the National Cemetery and looked out over the Guatemala City dump that I caught the scent of Christ wafting up […]

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Aug

03

Guatemala 2016 | New Lenses

The culture shock has set in now that I am back in the United States, but my mind is still in Guatemala. Air conditioning, warm showers, and a comfortable bed are all part of my life again, but I cannot wash off the feel of that beautiful country. It has gotten under my skin, and […]

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Aug

02

Guatemala 2016 | Hope Stirs in La Limonada

  Today our bus driver, Eddie, maneuvered some tight spaces as we made our way into the heart of La Limonada. “Developed” may be too organized a word to describe how this community came to be over the past six decades. Composed of ten neighborhoods, La Limonada exists in a once-lush ravine, populated by Guatemalans […]

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Jul

30

Guatemala 2016 | Strength from Silence

“If you want to work for justice, first get on your knees.” Paul Nemecek As suggested by the above quote from one of our first discussions of the trip, here in Guatemala, the tension in paradox continues. Our first several days in Guatemala City were full, as we witnessed hard stories countered by glimpses of […]

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Jul

28

Guatemala 2016 | Can You See?

Several kilometers away from the noise and activity of central Guatemala City is a quiet, shady boulevard. Behind the brightly colored walls that line the boulevard are small courtyards that contain modest homes and office buildings. In one of these nondescript offices a man in a rumpled white coat bends over a long table covered […]

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Jul

26

Guatemala 2016 | Finding God in Guatemala

Upon arriving in Guatemala, our cohort has been asked to follow four guiding principles: 1.  It’s complicated. 2.  It depends. 3.  Hold things loosely. 4.  Ask beautiful questions. What do these mean?  There is so much history and depth to Guatemala that there are no easy answers and more importantly, no easy solutions to all […]

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Jul

21

Guatemala 2016 | Fail, Rest, Repeat

“For most of us, learning to do anything requires the willingness to fail. An unwillingness to fail can be a significant barrier to learning… Any significant growth in faith will require risk and even failure.” Jim Martin’s words about faith and failure have become a crucial guide for me as I consider our upcoming experience […]

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Jul

19

Guatemala 2016 | Until We All Have Faces

Though I’ve never read C.S. Lewis’s book by this name (it’s in the (very large) pile!), I’ve found this phrase repeating over and over in my mind and heart and words to others over the last months. Whatever the “hot topic”- vaccines, prisoners and the justice system in our country, racial reconciliation, gun control, immigrant […]

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