Hello from beautiful Guatemala!
5:30am. That’s what time the alarm sounded, or Tom’s boisterous Bible reading commenced, depending on which dorm room you were in. 🙂
Today was our first day of building houses, and my what a busy day it was! Our five teams each built a house; putting together four walls and nailing them into a cement base, dry-walling the interior, cement-boarding the exterior, and putting on a roof for five Guatemalan families. We spent the day drenched in sweat, covered in dry-wall mud, and overwhelmed with gratitude for a God who has given us so much and also given us the desire to carry out His will in helping these people. His people.
While using the dry-wall mud, we couldn’t help but get it on ourselves…and occasionally slather it on our fellow team mates faces. (Who could resist, really?) When the children noticed this on many of the girls faces (Leah, Patti, Chelsea, Tiffany..to name a few), they began picking the mud off of their faces. These children, covered in mud and dirt themselves, took the time to take care of us, and make sure we looked our best. It was such a touching moment for us to see the desire on their faces, not for themselves to be made clean, but for us.
We’ve had so many moments like this. So many moments where God reached down and touched our hearts so deeply that all we can do is praise Him for where we are and what He has called us to do.
Just before we had finished for the day, and right after we had placed the roofs on our houses, one of the largest thunderstorms any of us had every seen or heard struck the village. Rain poured as we sat in huddled groups talking and laughing with the families we were building for. Lightning lit up the sky and thunder crashed and echoed on the tin roofed houses. But what a joyous rain it was! We truly praised God in that storm, thanking Him for holding off until the roofs were laid, for the time we were “stuck” in our houses, talking with our team and families, and for the beauty of His creation that He seemed to be showing off to us. Again, all I can say is: what a day!
This blog post wouldn’t be complete without telling you all about the “speed bump incident”. (Mark, is it okay if we call it that from now on?) Anyway, Guatemala has a lot of speed bumps..like, a lot. And they are fairly close together. Well, Mark temporarily forgot about these speed bumps on the way home today and barreled over one at about 45mph! We all went FLYING! And then, since they are so close together, he had no time to slow down for the next one, which also sent us flying into the air! You guys, it was SO fun and funny! He might kill me for telling this story, but it had us laughing the whole way home and into the night…I’m still laughing now while typing this! Ask him about it…just don’t tell him where you heard about it, okay? 🙂
Thank you again for all of your prayers! As we say good night to our family and friends, know that we miss and love you, and can’t wait to come back to tell you all of our crazy, God-filled stories!
– Mallary and the Guatemala Team