Day #9 Reflections in Guatemala

Today marks the ninth day that our team has been on mission in Guatamala.

It’s been fun and I believe that the Lord has done a lot of things in us and through us – but I’m looking forward to being home with my wife and boys. Tomorrow is our last full day here.

The day started with stepping outside and being with the children again. However, I spent much time in my Bible and using some Bible study resources on my phone in preparation for Sunday morning’s sermon.

Then VBS started. It was a one day event with singing, a Bible story that I told, and everyone on the team working together to provide craft time and playtime.

Here’s a couple videos of one of the songs we did and a game we played with the younger kids.

Here are some pictures I took today of some of the little friends that I’ve made since arriving in Guatemala City.

After lunch, the rest of the day was essentially free time to spend with the kids again. Here’s a video and a few pictures.

I’m missing my wife and boys and so I FaceTimed Kim again. However, I took my phone outside and was walking around as we chatted. I was able to point to the screen and tell the children with inquisitive looks, “Ella es mi esposa” (She is my wife.). They all loved waving at her and saying a few words in their language – I suspect it was fascinating to them to see my wife on a phone.

So, tomorrow is our last full day and then we hop on an airplane on early Thursday afternoon. We should be back in Murray around 1 AM Friday morning. It’s been fun and I’m so glad that I came on this mission trip – but I’m ready to hug my wife and my sons. I’m also ready to get back to work at Westside Baptist Church.

This past month has been a flurry of activity as Kim and I went to Israel and then as Sean and I have come to Guatamala. The trip to Israel has given me the ability to understand God’s Word on a deeper level, having visited some of the places where the Bible events took place. The trip to Guatemala has softened my heart and refocused some of my priorities and perspectives.

I know it sounds a little dramatic but I really feel as if God has done some necessary work in my mind and heart over the past month. I can only hope that it helps me to be a better husband, a better father, a better pastor, and a better friend.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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