Bus, boat, then bunks...

Trip Start Jun 11, 2004
Trip End Jun 20, 2004

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Where I stayed
El Rancho de los Nin~os
What I did
Flew into Peten
Cleaned two classrooms at "the Ranch"

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Sunday, June 13, 2004

This morning we were up early, almost too early. We dashed to the airport, got checked in and boarded our plane. We all thought it was going to be a tiny little plane but it was an average plane and we could pick our seats. I took a window seat and no one sat by me so I got to stretch my legs out and sleep all the way to Peten!

Rick Swain (the missionary that Cornerstone supports) met us at the airport and loaded us into (what else?) another school bus! We crossed a bridge then we left all of our stuff in the bus and got in a boat. we got to take the scenic route and cross the lake instead of ridding around it in the bus. Riley, Ashlei and I talked to Sebastian, the boat guide, for a little while. Rick met us on the other side of the lake and we got back in the bus and drove to the Ranch.

The Ranch, or, El Rancho de los Nin~os, is a facility in Peten, Guatemala run by Hearts in Action International. It houses dorms and other facilities for camps as well as a school. Area children can be sponsored by people all over the world and attend school at the Ranch as well as receive meals, school supplies and medical help from their money collected from sponsors.

We stayed in the dorm area, so it was row after row of bunk beds. Most of us (after finding out about the snakes, spiders, etc and the Ranch's "no kill unless in immediate danger" policy) decided to take a top bunk and put our suitcases on the lower bunk.

We had a little brunch, then I went to sleep! They woke me up around 1:30 for lunch. It was so good! I missed Latin food! Then it was time to work. Along with a few of my teammates, we were in charge of cleaning to classrooms at the Ranch. Anita, one of the ladies that works at the Ranch told me that they usually do the cleaning on Fridays, but when they found out we would be arriving on Sunday, they waited for us to help! (Thanks!) After the school was spic and span, we had supper and went over our game plan for tomorrow. Things are looking very good! I can't wait to see what God is going to do tomorrow! Right now, I'm tired, though! Hasta man~ana!
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