Below is a talk that I shared at my home church after getting back from Guatemala, in the summer of 2004. I found it the other day and it so well embodies my experience there and the valuable lessons that I learned that I wanted to post it. It is longer than most blog posts, but it is really significant to me. I was very glad to find it and read it again, and to have these reminders. I hope you enjoy:
Good morning. The reason that I’m here this morning is I’ve just spent the most incredible 8 weeks on a mission trip in Guatemala and I want to share with you a piece of my experience.
It’s so hard to put something like this into words but I’ll try… As background, I went on a one-week mission trip to Moscow, Russia over spring break this past March, and getting back I was feeling God calling me to do more – something more substantial than just a week. So I prayed about it and within 2 weeks was signed up to go to Guatemala with a group of people I had never met. I was nervous and so excited at the same time.
So, this morning I want to share a story with you all that kind of embodies much of my summer experience. And it happened in just my second week there. After a week of training in the capital, it was our first week going out into the little villages to do programs and evangelism. We were separated into small groups of about 4 plus a missionary to go out to different villages for 4 days. From the starting point, already a village in the middle of nowhere, we knew that one group was going to ride a pickup truck to their tiny village, another group was going to ride an hour and walk for about 30 minutes, and the farthest group was going to have to hike for something like 3 hours to get to their village!!