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Guatemala Mission Trip round #2!

This past week I traveled to Guatemala City, Guatemala for a mission trip with my school. A group of 122 students and 20 leaders made up our team. We were met with spiritual warfare almost immediately after our trip started. Our connections to Houston were all delayed and/or cancelled due to thunderstorms in the area. Eventually, we all made it to Guatemala safe and sound, though some arrived two days later.

Our first two days were filled with service projects within the village of Saint Miguel Petapa. Half of us  built three new classrooms at a school, and half of us fixed up a local park. We raked dead leaves, swept the sidewalks, and painted curbs and tree trunks in order to ensure wood eating bugs would not ruin the plants. On our second day, we all worked at the school, washing windows, and sanding/painting desks and playground equipment. My team performed the missions drama for the workers and their families at the end of the day, too.

The next three days were completely devoted to mission work. Our drama we performed explained man’s journey through life, looking for the purpose of his existence. In the end, Jesus/Miracle Man forgives him of all his sins and they start a relationship together. We performed this at at least four schools per day. The five teams total reached an estimated 15,000 people through the drama. After our performance, we go out and witness to citizens in small groups. It is amazing to watch a person accept Christ into their life!

On last day, or fun day, we climbed Mount Pacaya, the most active volcano in Guatemala City. It was a hard hike! At the top we roasted hotdogs and s’mores out of the heat vents on the volcano. We ended with a shopping trip to Antigua, a touristy town in Guatemala.

This was one of the best weeks of my life! I learned so much about my relationship with God and had the opportunity to make friends with so many different classmates.

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