We are still in Chiquemula, Guatemala volunteering with Outreach for World Hope. This week we are helping with the distribution days at the main office of OWH. The distribution days happen once a month and are Monday-Thursday. The families that have sponsored children come into town one of those days to the clinic, and to get their bag of food for the month.
Our family has had a great time participating this week. While the children are being seen at the clinic, the families are waiting outside. It is an opportunity to play games, tell a Bible story, sing songs, etc. Don and Isaiah have helped with games, told Bible stories and hung out with the families. The girls and I have enjoyed painting LOTS of nails, putting on temporary tattoos and just smiling at the kids. I have also been helping Joy in the clinic getting information from the families that need to be seen. Although there is a huge language barrier, we pray that we are showing them the love of Jesus and the joy we feel to be here with them.
This afternoon we went to a natural hot spring with James and Joy (the missionaries here with OWH). The view was amazinng..large mountains, green coconut trees, grass roof huts all seen while soaking in natural hot springs. It was wonderful.
Have you ever felt like your senses are being overloaded? I have had that feeling alot the past few days. I am hearing a language that I kinda know, so I listen carefully trying to pick out a few words that I can piece together. I am tasting lots of new foods and trying to stay away from foods that could be contaminated with parasites. I am smelling a variety of fantastic smells (coffee, fresh tortillas, flowers, etc) and then some smells that make me want to gag. I am seeing this beautiful country with wide blue skies, huge green mountainsides, winding rivers and a totally different culture. Then my eyes see these people that have the kindest eyes and warm hearts that are living with almost nothing. And finally I am touching adorable little hands while I paint their fingernails and tell them that Jesus loves them. All of these sensory overloads remind me that God is way bigger than what I can imagine.
This is an amazing adventure that God has clearly laid before us. We are experiencing life different from what we know it as…and it is awesome.