Guatemala: February 28 Update
Today was our first day in Valley of the Angels. I want to say that it was amazing, but it seemed like so much more than that. We started out with a pancake breakfast, exclusive to Sundays, and an introduction to the children, which was a quick Q & A. After breakfast we went out for a tour of the grounds; a beautiful layout with gardens and statues everywhere. Mass followed at 11 AM in Spanish. Needless to say, it was just a little hard to understand. The church, however, was extremely beautiful. We had lunch at 1 PM and then had the opportunity to go out and spend time with the children. I think it’s safe to say that spending time with the children was everyone’s favorite part of the day.
I have to say that I had a few doubts coming to Guatemala. I was afraid that I would not be able to connect with the children and, of course, that the language barrier would hold us back even further. I was completely wrong. Although I could hardly understand a word, the children were able to have somewhat of a conversation with us and Sr. Martha was a HUGE help in translating. We were playing soccer, jumping roping, playing limbo, high jumping over the rope, playing tag. I cannot remember the last time I had so much fun. The girls were dragging us all over, each of them wanting to spend time with us. Every few minutes we could hear our names being called from across the playground. We even mingled with them during dinner, sitting with them at their request(s). I had to make my way to a couple of different table to make sure I could see them all before bedtime. As they all were leaving for bed, one little girl came up to me, hugged me, and gave me a rose.
It’s safe to say that this is probably my favorite mission experience this far and it’s only day one.