Last year, in the midst of all the crazy, I went to Guatemala.
My company is a corporate partner of CHOICE Humanitarian and each year, our CEO selects a handful of employees to go on one of their expeditions. All our expenses are paid and we don’t even have to use any PTO (seriously, I work for the most amazing company). I was lucky enough to be included on the 2013 team. We traveled to a tiny village in the Polochic region of Guatemala, called Chimaxyat, to help them build a new water system for their village. This is a recap, albeit late, of my experience.
On the first night, rather than a journal entry, I wrote my prayer:
First, before I dive in to today, I need to say thank you again for your help last night as I spoke at that Girls Camp. You totally covered me. I felt like I had nothing left to give to anyone. Granted, that’s how I’ve felt for weeks, but once again, you filled me up.
I’m also so grateful to be here in Guatemala. I was blow away by the beauty I saw below me as we flew in. It’s so cool to see the world from that perspective. Your perspective. You really made us something beautiful here–this Earth. Thank you.
Thank you, too, for the safety we enjoyed today as we explored Guatemala City. I wasn’t nearly as scared as I thought I might be, and it was so fun to dust off my Spanish. I’m really excited and happy to be here.
Please help me–help me to see and understand–whatever it is that you need me to see and understand. Please help me to be open to thy Spirit, to let it into my heart and to listen to it. Please bless my new friend Allison with whatever situation brought her here on this expedition. Please give her comfort. And please help me be a good friend. Please bless my family back home while I’m away, that they will be watched over and kept safe. Please grant us safety as we travel to the village tomorrow. And please bless my body and spirit. Please help them to do the things they need to do–to keep up.