We are now all safely back in Minnesota. I feel so grateful for the team I had the opportunity to serve with in San Lucas this past week. They were hard working, compassionate and fun to be around. Seeing Guatemala again through their eyes was inspiring.
We saw many things...we couldn't help but sitting across from someone and demonstrating that you care about their situation matters.
I spoke with a woman who has frequent headaches because she worries that she can't adequately feed her children. I don't know those worries and most of us who live here don't have that fear. She lives with that fear everyday. The burden of poverty weighs on her.
I spoke with another woman who gets headaches when she argues with her husband. I explained to her that this is a universal problem which most women have regardless of what country they live in and we had a good laugh about it.
The people we serve are humble, thankful and kind. They bear their difficulties with grace. It has been my privilege to serve them.
And while I feel inadequate at times I believe they know I am trying my best and for them that is enough.
A final thank you to the team and specifically my co-leader Cathy. She always lightens the load and has been an incredible support to me.
I will miss waking up with the dogs, roosters and smells of smoke. In the meantime I will treasure the memories....until I see you again San Lucas.