Beautiful sunset over Lake A'titlan

Beautiful sunset over Lake A’titlan

The last couple of days have provided our family the opportunity to really enjoy much of Guatemala’s natural beauty.  We have spent time relaxing in Panajachel, travelling across the highland lake A’titlan, enjoying a coffee, herbal and textile tour in San Jaun La Leguna, exploring the ruins of Iximche near Tecpan and hiking up an active volcano near Guatemala city named Pacaya.  These many adventures have given the family opportunities to learn about the history of the Mayan people and understand what makes ministry in this place both rewarding and challenging.

 

 

 

Grilling Burgers is among one of Karen's Fine talents. YUM!

Grilling Burgers is among one of Karen’s fine talents. YUM!

The time spent with aunt Karen has been a real joy.  She has shown us the people and country that she loves and demonstrated a high level of competence in many things (her language and driving skills are superb).  She is not only sharing her time, but more importantly her heart.  I love my sister and I’m very proud of her and the work that she is doing for the Lord.  In so many ways I can see how God has equipped her for the ministry here in Guatemala.

Doing these tourist type activities have helped set the stage for a busy weekend of ministry.  Over the next couple of days we will spend time in another orphanage, participate in kids clubs, attend Quetzal’s fifth anniversary celebration service, fellowship with the church in Sumpango, and experience a manna feeding center.  The indoctrination of the last couple of days have helped set the stage for these ministry activities.  Please pray that we will see what God wants to show us and serve with his love.

Enjoyed roasting marshmallows over volcanic rocks with the family.

Enjoyed roasting marshmallows over volcanic rocks with the family.

Our guide lead us along the trails on Pacaya

Our guide led us along the trails on Pacaya