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Guatemala Mission Trip: Day Seven

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Well, our time is up. It feels like we just arrived in Guatemala and like we’ve been here forever. Time does funny things during the types of experiences we’ve had this past week. Every support team like ours has the chance to go on a special outing with a group of students from Safe...

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Guatemala Mission Trip: Day Six

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Tonight’s blog post is short and sweet. Today was a day off from our work with Safe Passage. The staff schedules the majority of their meetings for Fridays and are tied up with their work, giving support teams a day off to explore and enjoy Guatemala. Our team took the day to venture about...

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Guatemala Mission Trip: Day Five

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When we go on a mission trip, we often want a task to do – something tangible to show that we made a difference and made a positive impact for God’s kingdom. For some, that means building a house, painting walls, putting on a Bible camp, or, as was the case for our Guatemala mission...

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Guatemala Mission Trip: Day Four

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Today was another full day with students at Safe Passage. We split our time between the CRE (middle school and high school educational reinforcement center) and the jardin infantil (preschool). Our day in Guatemala City began with a PE class with middle school students. We played a game of tag...

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Guatemala Mission Trip: Day Three

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Today was our first day working in the classrooms at Safe Passage. After arriving at the colegio (elementary school), our team was divided up into 1st-5th grade classrooms. Team members in 1st and 2nd grade classes immediately loaded into vans with their class to travel a few minutes away to the...

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Guatemala Mission Trip: Day Two

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After playing tourists yesterday (which feels inappropriate given that we are in Guatemala for a mission trip, but our arrival a day early is necessitated by the flight schedules from Seattle), today was a day of exposure to the context in which we will be serving. It was a sobering and hard...

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Guatemala Mission Trip: Day One

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Hello from Guatemala! Our mission team – 10 youth and 5 adults – met very early yesterday morning at SeaTac for a long day of travel. We met at SeaTac at 6am and arrived at our hotel in Antigua, Guatemala around 11:00pm local time (10:00pm Seattle time). An already-planned long day...

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A Lesson in Giving

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Although I work at Congregations for the Homeless, I don’t have much contact with our clients. I’m the I.T. Guy, so I mostly work with the office staff and case managers. I stop by the various computer labs, but it’s easier to do my work when nobody’s using the...

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Encounter

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On a hot afternoon, while walking to the Bellevue Library, I heard a soft “Hello.” A woman sat in the shadows on a cement bench under the 12th Street overpass. My step hesitated, our eyes met, and I responded, “Hello." She wore a black coat with a gaping rip in the sleeve. Her...

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The Holy Spirit's Visit at Four O'Clock

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In September, after Mike and I discussed my lapses in memory with our family doctor, I was referred for psychological testing. The psychologist informed us that the results were consistent with early stages of Alzheimer’s and referred me to a neurologist for further tests. I cried in...

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