Final night!

Trip Start Feb 12, 2013
Trip End Feb 25, 2013

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Flag of Guatemala  , Western Highlands,
Friday, August 24, 2012

Sorry that there was no blog last night....there were internet connection issues....ah well.  Thanks to all for your prayers on Wed and Thursday for Thursday.  We were reminded of psalms 121.  Our help comes from the Lord.... truly it does!  Thursday went quite well.  The nurses and Karla were happy to see us come back, and were glad for our re-teaching of so many things.  One of the most unexpected parts of the day came pretty early in the morning as we were starting the day---a couple of college age students showed up to volunteer.... and much to our surprise, they spoke English quite fluently!!! more so than me perhaps!  (Ha, and much to their surprise, we were there :).  They were good sports, and were very willing to serve as a translator for us much of the allowed the nurses and Karla a lot of opportunity to as questions, as well as helped us to be able to clarify a few pointers that probably did not translate well via sign language.
Thursday we were at the orphanage much later than usual...we wanted to say goodbye to all of the kiddo's, to the nurses, and to the orphanage well as put the final touches on the playroom (shelves and gate).  It was hard to say goodbye... but as we did, we found ourselves telling them we would be back in Feb... and that they can e-mail us through we are praying about this. One of the highlights of this was not necessarily seeing the playroom come together...but to see Karla on her own start training and teaching the night nurses much of what we taught her!  Whoo-hoo!  
If I haven't mentioned Karla by name yet--she is the woman who has a rather unusual job....a family from MN, sends money each month to pay Karla to hold and play with all of the little ones.  She is quite amazing, caught on very quickly, has excellent insight, ideas and questions...if she were not there, this week would have looked much different!!

Ayayay. This is getting long!  But our day did not end there!  After the day at the orphanage, we got to strike out on our own to buy tortillas and aqua pura for was fun to walk around Sumpango just a little, and to try to put together some Spanish here and there in order to get that project completed :).  It was so different than a walk around Minneapolis.  People stroll, and greeting each person along the way is important as well.  After dinner we had small birthday celebration for Betty....Betty is a blessing to us, and to so many, it was nice to be able to celebrate Betty even just a little.

This morning was a bit different than the last few.  Instead of the orphanage, we headed to " the city" to visit a school called "precious momentos," which happens to be located at the edge of the dump.  This school has nothing....there are 150 children (many, if not all, from extremely difficult home lives...and many are targets for gangs, or abuse, and are undocumented).  The school aims to be a place where the kids can get an education, and learn alternatives to being in a gang.  There are both heart breaking, and encouraging stories I could tell you.  But the school teaches these 150 kids in a tiny, tiny 3 bedroom house.  Anyway, the school was sort of on "holiday" today.  The kids were in a parade ( complete with drums and costumes) for the "day of the Bible which is celebrated in Guatemala.... while we didn't have any real official role here we met the teachers, the director, several students and some of the parents.  We were even pulled in to offer a liitle bit of OT with one boy... I wish I could keep going, but it has been quite an amazing week.  I am still continuing to pray about all of the events, the kids we met and things that went on....part of me wishes that this week had not come to a close so quickly...but will write more...manana....For now it's time to put away technology, get ready for bed, and catch a shuttle to the airport in the morning.

(oh, yeah--this afternoon and evening we had a little bit of touristy time in Antigua...)

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