I think this is about my 40th trip to Guatemala – every time my experiences here are so full of everything that God promises us in Galatians 5:22-23
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."
On these trips, I’m always surrounded by the most wonderful people – the beautiful Guatemalan people and of course, those who work with us here as well as those who come with us. The people suffer from things we could never imagine in the United States but through it all, they smile and praise God and take care of each other.
Two people came with me on this trip. Tim Kuhn is an engineer in Toledo. This is his fifth trip. Along with a few other great men, he has been responsible for getting all the electric work done in our clinic and now in our hostal. He’s a quiet, highly capable and resourceful person who spends the days working every minute to maximize his effort. In between seeing my patients, I see him zooming around, climbing ladders, digging ditches, laying electric wires, installing electric boxes and while doing it he is endlessly cheerful. He’s always looking for ways to improve our facilities and thus improve the lives of those who visit us.
Meridith Heckler is a third year student at Kenyon College. This is her second trip and she is here for 3 weeks. Her dream is to become a teacher and wow, did she ever find her calling! She spends long days with our children in the after-school program inspiring and loving them. When she was here last May, she only knew French but she was determined to be able to communicate with these children. Spending the last 10 months in an intensive language experience, she now she is actually quite conversant with them!!
I have never seen anyone with the patience and love for children that she has! She just marvels at the success of each child and makes each and every one feel that they are precious. They all flock to her now. And while she is only here for a few weeks, she is integral to our work because she is helping us find gaps in our program that can be made better and she’s surely helping us realize that indeed the students are thriving even more than we had imagined! Meridith honestly delights in the great advances she has seen in the children since her last visit here less than a year ago. Her blogpost is coming!
So I’m attaching a few photos of what's happening here! Thank you all for making this work possible.