Our second day in Guatemala was beyond our expectations emotionally, spiritually, and visually. We started the day with an early morning Wendy Weekly wake-up call (a little earlier than expected thanks to time-zone changes – lol!) Then, we headed off to church at Vida Real in Antigua! Church was a fantastic experience and given the special day (World Cup Finals) – the message focused on futbol analogies. It was with much surprise, that we learned many Guatamaltecos were rooting for Germany in the World Cup! (Cody was very disappointed in this turn of events and the Germany win!)
After church, we were surprised by being taken to the top of one of the tallest points in Antigua that was also an artistic center with fascinating statues, birds, amazing views and delicious, local Guatemalan food – El Tenedor del Cerro
After finishing lunch, we headed to the Casa para Ninos Aleluya (http://casaaleluya.org), which was a sobering experience that many of us will never forget. From the website: Casa Para Niños Aleluya is a children’s home in Guatemala that cares for and raises around 400 orphaned, abused, and mistreated children. We invite you to read, learn, and get involved in what the Lord is doing through this ministry. http://casaaleluya.org
We spent the day learning about this amazing facility that helps children in very bad situations obtain housing, schooling, job training, counseling from local psychologists who come onto campus, and even medical treatment in a dialysis clinic for extremely ill children who are abandoned by their parents to die in the hospital. We spent most of our time in the house for “Los Angelitos” (little angels) where we spent the afternoon encouraging the staff and playing with the children.
Wrapping up now, we are packing for our trip to the village. Tomorrow, we will head up the mountain to help in the medical clinic in a remote village, where we will spend the night tomorrow. Keep us and the villagers we will meet with in your prayers for stamina, patience, and health. Pray that God will use us to reach those who need to hear about the love and grace of God. Thanks for your love and support. We have truly experienced the Grace of God in this country and all are doing well!
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