Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Another Trip Up the Passion River

While Pastor Andy was here he wanted to help a young mission by hosting a medical clinic. Domingo chose the church plant in the village of La Pasión.
 It isn't that far away, but the roads are impassable (we learned the hard way), so we went by boat again this time. It is about a 3 hour drive from our house and then a 1 hour boat ride.
{Sleepy Eden!}
It's hard sometimes to decide, especially since they're young, whether our kids should go or not. We want them to be a part of our ministry so when it is logistically possible, we all go. If they end up feeling like we took them on a crazy trip for 18 years from their "real life" in the States, I might cry. This is it! Sometimes we get tired, lots of times things are uncomfortable, every time my children are introduced to things I would NEVER think a "normal" mom would allow, but thankfully they survive. Because, this is it, this is our life and I bet you one day my kids will miss home, their home! Not just the inside of our four walls, but their life here! 
{Joseph sharing his canary melon}
{Silas and Jonah joking around with H and Juan}
After the boat ride we walked up to the top of a hill
to see this beautiful place!
 Juan, and the 4 institute students came too!
 Here is the church, the pastor had been advertising. 
Samuel and Joseph, Pastor Andy's sons, were in charge of the pharmacy. 
 Ro explained to each family in Kekchi what the medicines were and the correct dosage. 
Jimmy and Juan were in charge of crowd control and keeping a somewhat orderly line. 
Mainly Jimmy was greeting people and practicing Kekchi! 
He met a family with a deaf son. He is the boy in white shirtbelow. He told them about Becca's deaf school and how they all could learn to communicate with him. They were thrilled! He should be school age about the time Becca's school is up and running. Very exciting! 
H played soccer with the kids!
There was no shade on top of that mountain! It was a nice hot Petén day.
Jonah, Silas and I tried to teach them how to throw a frisbee!
They thought it was hilarious!
Later Jimmy had a frisbee tournament with them! The winner got a snack bag of CheezIts… if he only knew how special that prize was, haha!
Throughout the day the crowd grew!
Ri and P would pray with each family as they left. 
I lost Eden for a minute and then found her resting on a bench!
She gets a lot of attention, so much so that it can wear her out. I didn't think anyone could get more attention than some twins I know, but seriously… what twins?!
E loves babies! 
And she got to see lots that day!

Of course the ladies in the church made us a big meal before we left! So we got to take a nice lunch break
Guess who ate first?!
Miss E!
We had a delicious chicken caldo. I've started growing cilantro since they put it in everything here. We really like it. 
They seated us at the table. 
My babies love caldo and tortillas!
No one had to teach these boys how to eat soup without a spoon!
It was a beautiful day. Please pray for this village, especially for the young mission, that God would use this medical clinic outreach to help it grow. We also wanted to say a special thank you to Pastor Andy for bringing down all the medicines and hosting the clinic!

No one told me that you are not supposed to pee close to a corn field. That piece of information was kind of irrelevant until about a year ago. It offends the good spirit of the corn. So if you ever have to raise boys in Guatemala here's the heads up! Oops! It's not my boys' fault, it's their mama's.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know how they're going to grow up with all that love and attention from everyone. ;) Your kiddos are going to be just fine. Just because our kids don't grow up the same way we did doesn't mean they will regret it. It took me a long time to realize that my favorite memories don't have to be my sons' . . . they will grow up with fond memories of Guatemalan life, just like your children. And quite frankly, this looks like a lot of fun!


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