Leaving Guatemala

Here we go. The end of my journey is here. As I sit in a silly little airport restaurant exhausting the last bit of my Quetzalez, there is a plethora of thoughts running through my mind. So, do not expect any earth-shattering declarations from me today. However, allow me to put thumbs to touch screen and share some of my observations at random.

An orphan boy turned 18 last week. He’s a very talented artist and wants to be an architect. He was recently robbed on the street and no longer has a computer. It’s the 4th time he has been robbed in roughly 4 years. Four!

Attitudes of self-reliance should be altered to be the pursuit self-sustainablility. I’m proud to have been part of an amazing project to build a green house. In the very near future Casa Bernabe will sustain itself through its massive garden and green house. And the food is fresh – oh yeah!

Encouragement enables us, so accept it when it is given to you. Encouragement at its most basic is loving one another; Jesus called believers to do just that.

Americans complain a lot. My guess would be that we complain more than most.

Most important aspect of a wedding is a God centered ceremony celebrating two people (especially the bride)… The second most important aspect is dancing. Dancing is a must. There was no dancing at the wedding yesterday. Didn’t stop me though! Muahahaha! I had a great dance partner in Mariela.

“I wish they all could be California girls” – shout out and up to my new Westmont College friends. The dudes were cool, too. Haha, we hiked an active volcano!

Danielle – new fan of Double Xx vitamins! Thanks for asking me to play cards!
Kaley – you’re crazy for wanting the craziest house on the orphanage grounds but you also rocked it out! Keep taking on challenges! Big solutions only come from attacking big problems.
Taylor – I used to think the most quotable people were CS Lewis and Mark Twain. You’re giving them a run for their money.
Sarah – you are a very impressive young woman! Check out more on Boosterthon opportunities. I’m just a FB message or email away.
Brooke – lead well my friend! Greatest leadership book ever written was the Bible. Barnabas has been on my heart lately. The Encourager!
Aubrey – your attitude toward serving others, initiating laughter, and your awareness of God’s omnipresence is so encouraging. Excited to stay in touch and update one another on our walks. I had lots of fun with you!

Tim Tebow is pretty stinkin’ cool. However, after meeting a few missionary kids here, I know there are more studs and studettes out there. They a servicing the Lord and biding their time. The ones I go to hang with:

Nathan the Selfless
William the Quiet Killer (plays for national Guatemalan Williamsport team)
Emily the Next YouTube pop star
Yates the Fearless
Rachel the Honorary Boosterthon Team Member

The Lord provides our needs. Casa Bernabe has an amazing full time staff that would not be able to minister the best way they can without volunteers (local and international, part time missionaries).

Darby – pillar of servanthood. You set the bar high!
Emerson Family – you offered a little slice of home for me. If its possible to love a family from just a few days of interaction, I love y’all.
Steve – didn’t really get to know you until our ride to the airport but you offered clear perspective on the Christian lifestyle.
Edgar – you’re not always in the spotlight, but you always know where it should be pointed. You’re the man!
Toni Lynn – your the example for in-the-field work ethic and commitment
Etel – you little matchmaker you! Thanks for allowing me to hang out with your boys. And thanks for the jewelry!
Tony – I honestly didn’t always know what to think about you because you made me work so hard! Yet, my trip would not have been the same without you. I’m inspired by your work capacity.

That’s all for now! I’ve got to board this plane for ATL. Booster team here I come! #ctw

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