This was my second mission trip, but my first to Guatemala. I decided to go on this trip after one of Lynn’s presentations where I heard of the many ways that the mission was serving in there. When we arrived, I met the children attending the school and saw how they were studying hard to get an education. They realize that in doing so, they can make a better life for themselves and their families that would include clean water, enough food to eat every day, electricity, and a house with four walls. These things are more often than not taken for granted here in the U.S., but in Guatemala I saw that these things were absent from day to day life for many people. Some of those we served can’t even imagine having them. While there I had to open my heart in ways that I did not expect, so that I could know how and where God was calling me to share his love. He led me to the school. During the mission trip, we stayed on the grounds of the school supported by Matthew2540 and visited in the homes of the children and thus could experience some of the daily life of the children that live and go to school there. I learned that the families give up so much just to have their child or children attend school. Attendance requires a huge commitment for everyone in the child’s family. The kids themselves know and appreciate what is being sacrificed for them to have this opportunity. They thrive in this safe environment. They understand that education is a way to escape poverty, and therefore they stay focused and work hard. Attending school is something they look forward to! Slowly Matthew2540 and Pastor Erika’s church is changing the culture in her community. Before returning to Greenwood, I spoke with Pastor Erika about sponsoring a child’s education through Matthew2540. Once home, Cheryl and I decided to sponsor Pedró. It’s a little bit that helps a lot. Why don’t you join us? For just $2.33 a day you too can make a difference in the life of a child. What better use for $2.33 can you think of?