It's hard to believe that over a year has passed, that when I last wrote a newsletter I had only been here one month and had just begun to scratch the surface of experiences, adventures, and reflections that would characterize my life in Guatemala. I have become, in many ways, so used to the life that I lead here.
A no smoking sign on your cigarette break
It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
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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.
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.
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