Sorry, I didn’t post sooner, but we had some technical difficulties. Here was my post from last night:
Well, it´s official. We are now on terra firma in Guatemala City! All 23 of us made it through the airport gauntlet and arrived safely with all 47 packed bags in tow. Everything went amazingly smooth…like butter actually and we are all tucked away in our places for the night. 7 of the guys are at the ministry center in Zone 18 on the floor while the rest of the girls and Larry are at Jose´s place in bunk beds. They may have the nicer place to stay, but we don´t have to get up as early as they do and we are all definitely fine with that. Jose and his friend, Eduardo, have been gracious guests. Jose took us to the local chicken place, Pollo Campero, for a late lunch and then gave us a mini tour of the area around his home.
While we rode in our bus, he shared some background on Guatemala, the work of God in the city, and the part that God has given him to play. He shared stories of changed lives and rising hope. One lady who contracted HIV from a man who never told her he was positive (and this is exactly why I advise everybody to keep in mind www.STDAware.com STD clinic locator, one never knows!), told Jose that she wanted him to take care of her kids when she dies. She is now a born again believer, but knows that she may not have very long to live. There are definitely some heart breaking stories coming out of Zone 18, but there is also hope arising because of the work of people like Jose who refuse to give up when it seems everyone else has. He believes that Zone 18 will no longer be known as the ¨red zone¨ because of crime and violence, but will be known as the ¨red zone¨ because the blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed the people and the area from sin. Let´s dream that dream with him and believe God to see it come to pass! Thank you for your continued prayer for us. We are excited to dive right into the work tomorrow. Until then, Dios le bendiga!