It seems like I just returned from Guatemala (which I did last month) and now I'm off again this Saturday. This will be our church's fourth missions trip to the western part of the country. Our previous trips took us to Cantel, San Marcos and Tejutla, and Totonicapan. This time we'll be working with the Judah Baptist Church (no h on it in Spanish however) in Quetzaltenango. That's the same city where we host the leadership training conferences each six months so we'll be staying in the same hotel we do for those trips--the Bella Luna (beautiful moon).
We had seven from our church slated to go, but one of our ladies wound up in the hospital today with a collapsed lung and won't be able to travel with us. Two of our number are traveling down early tomorrow (Wednesday) to spend a couple of days training the workers at the Tabitha Ministry near the city dump in Guatemala City. They will join us at the airport when we fly in on Saturday to make the trip out west to Quetzaltenango. We're slated to speak in a few public schools, to lead a VBS at the Judah Baptist Church, to spend a day doing outreach and providing fund for hungry families at a mission of the church in the mountains, and to offer leadership training classes for the local Baptist churches in Quetzaltenango in the evenings.
We'll be joined by Josh Stowe, pastor of Wyatt Park Baptist in St. Joseph, MO and his wife as well as a third member of their church who is bilingual and will help with the translation duties. It's always a wonderful blessing to be able to spend a week in Guatemala serving alongside some wonderul folks.