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How was Guatemala, part 1: Words fail

How was Guatemala, part 1: Words fail

How was Guatemala?” It’s difficult to answer. There was so much I saw God doing through and in our team members that week that emotions well up and words fail. In the village of Jocotillo, we were overwhelmed by the needs of 300+ villagers who showed up at the church where we ran clinic and distributed food. The interior of the 15’ x 30’ tin structure quickly became hot and densely packed with people. There was no airflow. We soon realized that most could not read the instructions on the medicines we gave them, so our Spanish language skills were pushed to the max explaining who was to get what and when and our protocol had to change from words to colors to differentiate medicines for different family members. Hands quickly got black from the dirty surroundings so handi-wipes and hand sanitizers needed to be glued to our staff. People waited patiently for hours in the heat, most standing. We ran out of food, medicine and time to see everyone. Yet as we left, they surrounded us with grateful hugs, huge smiles and a God bless you. How was Guatemala? Words can’t describe it adequately but the faces of the children can.

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