This morning we got up at about 8:15 and got ready for church. We decided to meet the other girls in Central Park and decide where to go at 9:00. Sunday is the day off cooking for our host families so we stopped by a bakery on our way and bought a little breakfast.
At Central Park, we visited with the girls while waiting for the others to show up. Also there was a street preacher, preaching in Spanish about the sin of mankind.
This is a tree in the park:
Then there was the man who sang a French song to us, he was sweet:
And the shoe shiners. Tiny boys wander the park, looking for people who have shoes needing shining. Two of them caught our eye and Brit offered to pay for Vanessa to get her shoes shined. She agreed, so the boys set up. They looked like brothers, the older one we found out was eight years old. The older one shined shoes while the younger one had the job of carrying around the bench for people to put their feet on.
The church we went to was called Iglesia Cristiano Vida y Fe (Life and Faith Christian Church). It was a Pentecostal church, with loud music and lots of excitement. I really enjoyed the fact that even though the words were in Spanish, many of the songs were originally in English so I could follow along quite well. The sermon was translated into English, which was really nice. Afterwards, they began slaying people in the spirit.
After church, some of us went to Las Palmas, a good Guatemalan restaurant. The food was amazing and we had a fun time together. Then it was off to nap and then read for awhile. Towards the end of the afternoon, we went to the Bagel Barn and used the internet for awhile.
Today has been a good day, and I’m ready for the week to come.