Once more, it is hard to accept that I am back home in Santa Cruz del Quiché after a week on the road. One more time I feel like I am in VH1’s reality TV show “The Surreal Life,” though with a much different twist. It is surreal to think that I got home last night at 8pm after waking at 2am to hop on the only transportation out of Cimientos (full name Los Cimientos de la Nueva Esperanza), a community of returned former refugees buried deep in the Ixcan jungle.Read more
Wow! Two years have gone by so quickly! I remember when I first started with Global Ministries and I was told that my term would be two years instead of one. I couldn't help but think, what a long time. I had a lot of doubts and remember thinking "How can I do this!" but here I am two years later in the beginning of my third year. Now I can't help but think how blessed I have been for having this experience. In the past two years I have met many people and have had many experiences showing me how God has been working in other parts of the world.Read more
The chorus for a song from Linkin Park (a rock and hip-hop collaborative band) starts out, “I’ve become so numb….” This one, short line played over and over again in my mind as I sat in a small hotel room nestled amongst the streets of Antigua, Guatemala and listened as the group I was with spent time reflecting on their day. It was a rough day; a day where all of our emotions were tested and our hearts were opened bare to one of the pulsating pains of Guatemala.Read more
It wasn’t personal pride that I felt when I entered the small classroom of a 7 room school house nestled among the north western Guatemalan mountains, it was pride that I saw reflected in the eyes of those teachers and community members who had worked so hard to turn the key and get the motor of this school running.
Dear Partners in Ministry,
We are fresh into a new year, and in spite of the tragedies around the world, which in today's modern communication system, are brought directly into our homes, we must have hope, for without this, life loses its significance. In spite of the war in Iraq and its consequences, unnecessary deaths of young people in the prime of life and tidal waves in Asia causing the deaths of thousands and thousands of innocent persons, we must go on believing that things will get better, that a better world IS possible.