Friends and Family:
We have made it to thursday! Due to some unforseen internet issues, i was unable to update yesterday. I guess you never know when your in the mayan mountains how well the internet coverage is going to be. We have had an incredible time. Today was our last day in Santa Cruz. it was a tearful goodbye as we exchanged gifts and hugs with the students and kids that we have gotten to know. what a precious people. We actually started today with a famous hike to a waterfall here. not lying...by the end of it, we were exhausted. There was a whole lot of sweating going on for sure as we hiked 4 miles either directly up or directly down. but it was a wonderful time to talk and see where the Lord is moving in each of the students lives. The students are doing great. Nobody is sick, we are all getting good rest, and besides handing out a handful of ibuprofen for sore backs from piggy back rides, things have been incredible. Every student has led in significant ways. One of my highlights was yesterday after we did a zaccheus skit for kindergarderners, ryan graham stood up and shared an incredible testimony. Despite his fear, he clearly communicated the love of Jesus through both the story of zaccheus and his own story. pretty cool. We have been taking some great video and pictures that we look forward to sharing with all of you. Tomorrow, we head back into Guatamala City and will check into our next hotel (where we will be for the rest of the time). tomorrow night we will serve at a homeless and hurting food kitchen. We will meet some pretty unique people. pray for courage. then Saturday, we'll be heading to Antigua for our debrief day that will include shopping and alot of laughing. we're hoping to visit an orphanage on the way.
thanks for praying! tonight we are studying 2 cor 5. should be a blast. Keep praying for energy, hope, strength, and courage as we prayerfully seek to live out the gospel to our guatamala friends.
Via Con Dios (Go with God)
Mateo, Marta, and the G team
(cross my fingers...i'll try to blog again Saturday after we return from antigua)