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Jan 31, 2015 - Sat 31 Jan - Mon2 February in Antigua

Saturday Saw some of the group off to their various destinations and sat in the hotel's lovely gardens in the sun till midday reading up on the history before I finally put my Guatemalan guide book in the case. Then went off into the centre to check out travel agents and successfully booked a cheap and effective way to get me to Puerto Barrios for Tuesday. They were so helpful, they also phoned ahead to my hotel to see if they could change the booking and also booked me a taxi pickup. With that now settled, I found a recommended bagel cafe...

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Jan 30, 2015 - 29-30 Jan to Antigua de Guatemala

29 Jan - a fairly long drive to Antigua but broken up by stops. on the way. First, for me, was to the pharmacist to spend £13 on a bottle of cough syrup and 10 paracetymol - they need to be good at that price. We had returned to Chichicastenango for the colourful market but I just browsed on or two lanes of stalls and went t's sleep the very posh hotel for a strong coffee. We stopped for lunch (chocolate with rum for me) before stopping further on at a small Mayan site - one of the most recent. I was not well enough to visit and enjoyed a...

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Oct 31, 2014 - Day 14 - Class Day 9 Friday

Wow! What an amazing day. We had 26 people present in the morning and 30 in the afternoon. All presentations were caught on video which will be a blessing to our teammates who left after the first week - although I have a feeling that some will be hard to hear since they were so soft spoken. I was witness to two of my favorite students accepting Jesus as their savior tonight, joining Jesus' church family, and having the promise of eternal life. It was an amazing experience with Karol and Michele. Karol led the prayer and at the final AMEN...

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Oct 30, 2014 - Day 13 - Class Day 8 Thursday

Last day of class before student presentations. The younger students were restless and the older students (or those that were really in to learning) wanted to soak in as much as possible. For those with waning attentions I played games or had them draw pictures. Diego even sang a round of head, eyes, shoulders, knees, and toes on his own. He is such a little cutie. We had an empty class in the morning due to no shows, so every one got a break to help Art out on some chores he wanted to get done around the grounds. Trimming bougainvillea...

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Oct 29, 2014 - Day 12 - Class Day 7 Wednesday

Kathie - The pastor's conference is going to start next Monday, and there is a lot of activities to spiff up the hacienda such as painting and repairs. I had noticed that the front circle entrance to the hacienda was quite overgrown with weeds in between the flowers so I thought I could be put to good use since gardening is one of my passions, as well as good therapy. I started weeding in the inner circle and realized what a big job it was going to be. Estaban, the gardener, is about 90 years old (I may be exaggerating) but he takes care of...

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Oct 26, 2014 - Day 9 - Church and Antigua Sunday

Kathie - This is going to be a beautiful day. The grounds here are absolutely beautiful and I had a chance to stroll around the property this morning after my devotions. The gardens are well manicured by an elderly gardener who is here every day and you can tell that he cares for his gardens. It’s a lot of work for one person to keep up with. I am getting some ideas for what I can do with my gardens and will need to take some pictures. There are so many places where one can sit and just reflect on the beauty of God’s creation and be at...

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Oct 25, 2014 - Day 8 - Day Off Saturday

Kathie - Saturday! Our day of restoration. The week went so fast but it was chock full of activity every moment. It was nice to wake up this morning and just take my time putzing around the room. It's a bit empty now that Dayna and Lydia are gone. I woke up to a stomach ache and thought that it should be time for my roomies to be getting up so I checked my watch - 3:18am. Dayna heard the flashlight so she was already awake. They were looking forward to going home, but sad that they were leaving. I will miss their smiling faces. Around 7am I...

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Oct 24, 2014 - Day 7 - Class Day 4 Friday

Kathie - Today ends the first week of English class in Guatemala and it has been interesting, exciting, challenging, and exhausting. But always a blessing. Up at 6am in the morning, personal devotions done by 7:15, someone on the team gives a devotion, then breakfast at 7:30. By 8:30 we are at our stations preparing for classes. Our morning classes are smaller than the afternoon classes so it's easier to give the students more one-on-one attention. I doubt I will get through the 24 words that are on my list to teach because I have been...

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Oct 23, 2014 - Day 6 - Class Day 3 Thursday

Brothers and Sisters, As you hear this our ESL team would have taught 40 classes each or a total of 200 English learning sessions with over 100 students ranging in the age of 8 to 60. Kids, teachers, policemen, professionals, moms, and more attend these classes. The PFM interns have been a great help as well as the local pastor, his wife, the operations director and his family. We are well fed spiritually and with food. There are too many great testimonies and stories to share but we want you to know that your support and prayers have been...

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Oct 22, 2014 - Day 5 - Class Day 2 Wednesday

Michelle L - So overwhelmed with joy and peace. While this trip was intended (by me) to be a time of serving, God has used this as a time for healing. The pain in my life has been so great over the past few months, and for the first time, I have been able to just relax and enjoy God. It is amazing to me because I have been so busy with English classes and other things, and yet, God has used it as a time of refreshing. I am constantly amazed by not only the beauty surrounding me, but also by the love the people on staff here, and the locals...

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Oct 21, 2014 - Day 4 - Class Day 1 Tuesday

Michelle - I stand constantly amazed at God's goodness. I have been blessed far beyond what I have blessed. As I strive to bless others, it is constantly them giving back to me. The English classes yesterday went much better than I hoped, and I am encouraged by how excited the students were at the end of the day! Looking forward to the rest of the week. Only sad that we have to leave early! ______________________________________________________________________ I am on break and aside from the organizational confusion it has been a riot. The...

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Oct 20, 2014 - Day 3 - Registration and Assessment Monday

Well today is our first day teaching and we're very excited. We had a wonderful day yesterday. The weather was beautiful. We hiked up the mountain to the cross and visited the main part of town. There are many bright colors and sweet people. The team are all amazing and we look forward to what God is going to do today! Dayna & Lydia ________________________________________________________________________ Today was an exciting day for us. The first day of our ESL (English as a Second Language) adventure. Another beautiful morning with rain...

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