First Baptist Church of Palmetto, First Baptist Church of Labelle, First Baptist Church of Kathleen and friends from as far away as Oklahoma and Tennessee along with the three interns who will be living at the Malnutrition Center for the next five weeks arrived safely in Guatemala.
Our flight from Miami was a little rough and left late, but our capable pilots made up the time. After rounding up piles of luggage, we boarded the buses to head to Antigua. After dodging traffic and “chicken buses” and traversing mountain roads with glimpses of volcanoes were delivered to our home for the week in Antigua. We have more than fifty people on this team, but with a record 101 children at the Malnutrition Center, every pair of hands will be kept busy. We all have plans of what we want to do, rock babies, sing with toddlers, and tell Bible stories to busy little minds. Some of us will do maintenance or lawn care, work in the kitchen or the garden. But we all come resolved to be flexible and do whatever needs to be done.
People came for a variety of reasons. Some have been before and return to the place where they left a little piece of their heart. Or a big piece in some cases! This may be their first time, but they have heard someone else speak passionately about the children and the nannies, the
country and the needs. Or they felt the Holy Spirit whispering in their ear to go, to see, to take that leap of faith and do something out of the ordinary. We come from more than six different churches from around the country, but we will have so much in common by the end of the week. Memories shared, hearts broken, friends who do not speak the same language as we do, new children that are “ours”.
One of the best things about going on a mission trip is watching the team come together as one. A group of strangers who will be brothers and sisters by the end of the week. Another great thing is watching people’s perspectives change. What once was important at home, no longer is a priority when faced with the difficulties that some of the Guatemalan people live with daily. For one week, we will set aside all the things that we think we need to survive to serve people who know the struggle of survival. We will also learn the true measure of a servant as instead of serving, we will discover that the Guatemalan people understand the true definition of servanthood.
If you are longing for something different, if you are seeking God’s face, it is time to sign up for your own mission week. There are opportunities all around the world. And people just waiting for you! Come join us in serving Christ with One More Child and find that it is you who will be changed.