Guatemala Day 7:  Reflections on Peace

Guatemala Day 7: Reflections on Peace

We started the day piling the girls from the Milagro Center, our 13 team members, Jeremy the music director, and Pastora Karen’s family into the bus to drive to Divina El Salvador del Mundo for worship. Their pastor, Pastora Karen, Pastor Jerry, and I led worship. I...
Guatemala Day 6: Joyful Reunion

Guatemala Day 6: Joyful Reunion

Today was all about transitions. Our team woke up in Coban, had a nice breakfast at the hotel (Chapin is amazing BTW), then drove six hours to Guatemala City. We were glad that our days of long drives are over, but also very sad that we are done in the village of Maya...
Guatemala Day 5: Leaving Maya Itza

Guatemala Day 5: Leaving Maya Itza

Today had two major sections. First, we began the day with a final meeting at the new church building. The church leaders officially presented their plans to us and we presented the gifts from Easter Lutheran to the church in Maya Itza (officially known as Iglesia...
Guatemala Day 4: A Day in Maya Itza

Guatemala Day 4: A Day in Maya Itza

I’m sitting in the bus on Friday, August 23, finally able to stop and reflect on all that happened yesterday. We have ten hour drive, so there is plenty of time. A quick funny story about today’s bus ride before I reflect on yesterday. The road leading in and out of...
Guatemala Day 3: Arriving in Maya Itza

Guatemala Day 3: Arriving in Maya Itza

Bombil Pek is beautiful in the morning. We arrived there after dark last night, so the group was wonderfully surprised to see the lucious gardens that sprawled around the buildings. We enjoyed a nice breakfast and piled into our bus at 8:30am. Today’s drive took us...
Guatemala Day 2 – Heading North

Guatemala Day 2 – Heading North

The morning light in Guatemala City is beautiful as it bounces of the steeple on top of the Lutheran Center. The clouds lifted and I was able to spend about 45 minutes painting this quick gouache sketch. One of the members of our Maya Itza team became ill over night...
Guatemala Day 1 – Getting There

Guatemala Day 1 – Getting There

A sudden shot of adrenaline is an effective way to wake up earlier than usual. Here’s what happened. My ride was scheduled to pick me up at 4:00am this morning, so we could leave for Guatemala on a 6:30am flight. So, I set my watch alarm for 3:00am. That would give me...
Wapo, Child’s Play, and the Wisdom of God

Wapo, Child’s Play, and the Wisdom of God

This is Camp Wapo’s Theme Logo for 2019 It is Friday morning and I sit in the quietness to reflect on the past week at Camp Wapo. It has been a wonderful week. We brought over 80 middle schoolers and 12 high school students to join hundreds more at this amazing camp....
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