A few days ago, we went to a church in Los Laureles (a community in Jalapa).

This was a very special trip because the children who were in attendance were from the Jalapa city dump – some of who are being sponsored by folks at Westside Baptist Church so that they can be the first generation to leave the dump. In fact, as I walked to the dump (about a quarter of a mile away), we met many of the children walking to the church.

We started with Pastor Filiberto speaking with the children! That picture is the one at the top of this blog post.

Then, the youth from Jalapa (which were such an incredible blessing to our team all week!), led in some singing.

After that, I got to share the story of David and Goliath with the children as Ishmael interpreted for me. The point of the story was that it didn’t matter what others thought about us or how hard circumstances were working to keep us down, if we trusted in the Lord and developed character qualities like courage and endurance, anything is possible with God. (Of course, I tried to say this in little kids’ language.)

Then a meal was served to feed these precious children.

As we were waiting on the children to be served their food, I went over to Milton and showed him the video I took of him attacking the piñata. He, and the boys around him, laughed hard as they enjoyed the video. My heart was warmed as I was able to give them a reason to laugh.

A part of my heart is now in Guatemala. I’m definitely making plans to come back next year!