On Saturday, July 8 we reconnect with the group from Northwest Bible Church, and followed them down to the town of Rio Hondo.
Susan, double checking everything.
Buses were all loaded with the 100+ work team from Northwest Bible Church heading towards the Atlantic/Caribbean coast to the small town of Rio Hondo - 4 hours down the road, provided there are no road construction delays.
There was a one hour delay, as the road construction crew stopped traffic both ways and we just sat there. This tests your patience.
Finally, after arriving at the hotel, we enjoyed our lunch.
Michelle got to stay with Natalie, living out in San Juan.
She arrived at Natalie's house on July 4th, just in time to help Natalie with her English speaking class. Since this was USA's Independence day, Natalie and Michelle taught about the history of United States of America.
They served Hot dogs, watermelon and enjoyed teaching about
the good ole' US of A.
3 days later, we re-connected with Natalie and Michelle in San Lucas. Michelle had a blast. She was the tallest person in the classroom. The Guatemalan students were shy at first in practicing their English, but soon learned that Michelle had a heart for the students.
I told Michelle, "Wow, living out in this small village...you are a real missionary!"
Thanks Michelle for helping Natalie. And thank you, Natalie, for opening your heart, home and classroom to Michelle.
Cory helped us several years ago as he served the missionaries of our mission by providing a program for their children and teens while the adults had our annual field conference. Fast forward, now, several years later, Cory came with the youth from his new church in Nashville, TN, for a week of ministry.
The restaurant where we reconnected with Cory, was right next to some old ruins. The "keeper" of the old Catholic church and convent, asked if the kids wanted to climb around the ruins. Well, who wouldn't? Then, as we were leaving, he asked for a "donation". I guess he got his money for the day.
With Natalie, her parents and brother with us, we decided to make a quick stop to visit veteran missionary, Helen E. Helen, a missionary kid her self, who grew up in Bolivia, attended High School boarding school in the United States, met her husband, fell in love, married, and then journeyed down to Guatemala in 1951 with her husband, David.
David passed away several years ago, however, Helen continues her ministry, work, Bible Translation projects, etc. at the ripe young age of 89.
We were thrilled to stop by and see Helen and introduce her to Natalie's family.
This was an occasion to be together with the two book end,
the oldest and newest missionaries
with Camino in Guatemala.
Helen and her husband worked on 4 different Bible Translation projects here in Guatemala. Wow, what a testimony! Helen is still as sharp as ever.
We laughed, as the Doctor made sure her hair was combed correctly just before our group selfie.
Last weekend, we hosted Natalie and her parents. Natalie is our "newest" and "youngest" missionary here. She lives in a small town and teaches in the village of Chivoc, just up over the mountain ridge and down some valleys and around a few curves. She is a true missionary.
We gave them our "Quick tour" of SETECA and the Radio Station, followed by a brief stop at the Camino Mosoleum where we pointed out the "Heroes of Faith" that have given their lives to the work of the Lord here in Guatemala.
Then we made our usual stop at the city Dump. We later showed them the video "Reparando" - a documentary depicting the life and ministry of those who serve in and around the large Guatemala City dump.
We enjoyed our time taking the Eberline's grandkids around and showing them sights of the city. We visited at Casita Benjamin, drove by SETECA and Radio TGN, the cemetery and then watch from a distance as human vultures and real vultures fought over scraps and junk at the city dump.
Our afternoon was topped off by a quick visit to Pops Ice Cream to celebrate Jim and Cheryl's Anniversary. Just think Baskin and Robbins!