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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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Oct 19, 2014 - Day 2 - Church and La Cruz Sunday

Kathie: The sun is out this morning shining over the mountains. What a beautiful place! There is a courtyard in the middle of our hacienda with flowers and a running fountain. And morning glories climbing up the banisters! So peaceful too. I heard the church bells ringing around 6am in the distance. I feel God in this place. The architecture details are amazing. Our room has a fireplace in it and windows that open to a well manicured field and mountain view. The other side has a view of 2 volcanoes and one mountain. This is a far cry from...

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Oct 18, 2014 - Day 1 - Travel to Guatemala Saturday

This is Michelle Langlois. I am in awe of the fact that we are actually on the plane to Guatemala. I can't believe that everything has come together for us to make this trip. There have been so many obstacles, so many hardships that have made me wonder, should we really go? But every time, the answer came back yes. I know that God is planning something wonderful. I look forward to meeting the people of this community, and even though we aren't even there yet, my heart is already breaking at the thought of saying goodbye. I am grateful to...

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Jul 11, 2014 - Antigua - 3 days to Utila

The next leg of my plan to get to Utila involved getting to Antigua then contacting a tour company to buy tickets for the Hedman Atlas Bus running to La Ceiba. I again wanted to get to Antigua cheap so together with G, we rode chicken buses down. The entire ride began at 5:30am and took 3 hours of low comfort but “vale la pena” (it was worth it) to see Antigua. Literal translation of the name is Old, or the old city. Antigua was Guatemala’s first capital and history has it that it suffered extreme earthquakes every couple of years thus it...

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Mar 22, 2014 - Back to Antigua

Today we traveled back to Antigua by bus (approx. 3 hours). As the seat of the Spanish colonial government, Antigua was once the most important city in Central America. In 1773 the city was destroyed by an earthquake but many of the colonial buildings have been carefully restored and the architecture from its glory days can still be admired. Its easy to walk through Antigua's quiet cobblestone streets past heavy carved-wood entrances. Free day tomorrow so checked out our options - there are some guided tours available but have decide to do...

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Mar 19, 2014 - Antigua

Today was a long travel day, about 8 hours in a minibus to Antigua. Only staying one night for now, we will be returning for a couple of nights later. Just had time to wander around the city a little - looks a very interesting place and look forward to returning.

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Jan 12, 2014 - Antigua

Up at 8:00 – at last a long sleep! Turned on the hot water to make sure it was running and it was, so shaved and when I got in the shower… no hot water. Seems I just missed it. Washed my hair anyway because it was quite chilly in the room – about 65 – and no heater! Down to breakfast and had a nice fried egg with hot sauce, some pineapple and papaya, some refried beans, toast, jelly and a little pile of mayonnaise on the plate. I have no idea why. I saw Ana and Adrianna just as I was finishing. Back up to the room and unpack stuff to try to...

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Jan 31, 2013 - Antigua Redux

Decided to spend our last few days in Guatemala revisiting the Rip Van Winkle city of Antigua. When the Spanish gave up rebuilding Antigua in 1773, after yet another devastating earthquake (three in 65 years). The devastated town was abandoned and left to the locals for close to 200 years. Ruined buildings and those not so ruined were left as they were. All the streets remain cobblestoned. There is a relaxed atmosphere that pervades the way of life. Your voice bears the brunt of being in this place as EVERYONE you pass on the streets says...

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Jan 20, 2013 - Acatenango Volcano

Up at 04:30 for coffee and then a one hour ride to the start of our hike to the summit of Acatenango Volcano at 13,129 ft. We arrive to a small village before sunup and start the climb. It is in the direction of up from the beginning; not much flat or down for the next five hours. The up is also quite steep. AND the surface of the ground is mostly loose, and usually 6 inches deep, small volcanic gravel. So, what does that mean you ask. Well it means with each small step (not much more than a foot length in front of the previous step)forward...

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