dear friends! i hope you had a wonderful Christmas. here in antigua i celebrated the holiday with my ywam family, or ywamily 🙂 on Christmas Eve we went into town to buy a gifts for a secret Santa swap. then we spent the afternoon cooking and hanging out. i got to talk to my sister since it was her birthday and see my extended family that was gathered at my house for a meal. it was so nice to see them! i went to Christmas Eve mass at the church in our neighborhood and then watched a crazy fireworks display at midnight.
on Christmas morning we ate brunch then swapped our secret Santa gifts. it was a nice relaxing morning. we had free time in the afternoon – i spent most of it cooking with missy and kasey. our Christmas dinner was a feast – we had deviled eggs and nacho dip, Danish meatballs and turkey, potatoes and mixed veggies, and stuffing. it was delicious! we watched elf during dinner and ended the night with a team talent show. i think we recorded each act so i’ll try posting a video of my talent…
as of today we have 13 days of outreach left. pray that the joy of the Lord is our strength. there is lots of laughter with our team and as the weeks pass by please pray that we have more laughter and joy! i’m excited to see what the next 2 weeks will bring – i’ll keep you updated! lots of love to you all!
so friends – i have 18 days left here in guatemala. my team has been at lake atitlan working with Pastor Antonio. we’ve done lots of kids ministry…which has been fun for me. i’m practicing my spanish, using it as often as i can – i really love speaking spanish here! trying to use my spanish here is another way i can honor the people here, to learn and serve in this beautiful country.
in other news – i visited a doctors office this week while we were in San Pedro. i noticed a swollen bite on my ankle on sunday nite when we got here. the bite kept swelling and was very hot and red. so on tuesday morning, after a nite full of pain, i went to the doctor. over the course of this week i received 3 steroid shots and took 6 doses of antibiotic. finally my foot and ankle looks normal again – i’m so happy!
today is a day off and we return to antigua tomorrow. i’m excited to spend christmas with my teammates in another culture, but i miss my family traditions and comforts. i’m thankful for each of you and the blessing you are to me!
i’m happy to be back at YWAM Antigua to take a shower and do laundry before our next adventure. my team returned last nite from our week in the earthquake zone. while we were gone we met lots of families that are displaced as a result of the earthquake they had in november. we met many important people in the relief effort – including the regional director for The Red Cross in Guatemala and a 3-star Guatemalan general. we spent time working at a warehouse/distribution center loading trucks and distributing food boxes to local families. i loved being an extra set of hands getting work done faster!
the highlight of the week was the time we spent at an orphanage called CANICA. this is a home for street children where they can live and grow up in a Christian environment and remain in Guatemala as adults. two of the missionaries working there, richard and linda, are from traverse city, mi! they are wonderful people. our team loved getting to know them and bring able to pray over them, as well as their ministry and the kids. and i really loved playing with the kids! surprise, surprise – right?!
before we left for San Marcos I was very nervous about being able to stay warm at night and sleep well… God provided sleeping mats for us so i slept great. He taught me so much about trust this week! psalm 9:10 says, “and those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.” i am trusting Him to meet my needs for the remainder of my outreach, which is 31 days…but who’s counting 🙂
we are leaving YWAM Antigua again tomorrow to do ministry in San Pedro until Dec 24. thanks for praying for me – i am so grateful for each of you. you have been so supportive of me and I consider you part of my team! love you all!