Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Series of Random Events

Well, obviously I haven't updated in awhile. Since the last post, we moved to Guatemala Bible Seminary (GBS) in Chimaltenango, spent the weekend with different missionaries, started a more normal class schedule, visited a Mayan ruin, and got things set up with our Chimaltenango ministry church. So, first things first:

Our Ministry Site
Team Omega Force Nine, my team, is working with the iglesia (church), Su Presencia (Your Presence). From Saturday morning to Monday morning we live with different church members and help with the church's ministries. Due to frequent vandalism, the church moved from their previous building, and currently meets in a part of a school. Here is the school at which the church meets.

This is the main school building.

And here is the "church building."

Inside the church:

Our team in front of the church, with the pastor, Daniel. (I'm taking the picture)

Missionary Weekend
Most of the students were paired up together to spend the weekend with a missionary in either Guatemala City, Patsun, or Antigua. I was the only one who did not have a partner, and I stayed with Chris Pater, a music teacher at Seteca (a Bible seminary) in Guatemala City.

Since Chris teaches music, I got to shadow her while she taught a theory class, and a couple of private lessons. Here is one music studio where she teaches:

Over the weekend, we went to the mall, visited some other missionaries, went to Spanish church in the morning and English church in the evening, taught music, and ate at some really nice restaurants. It was a great weekend!

Chris has a little room/apartment in Guatemala City, and an apartment in Chimaltenango, where she also teaches. Here is a brief look at her place in Guatemala City, where I stayed:

At one point, I spent a couple hours on the roof, taking pictures and journaling. Here's the view off the roof into town. Notice the McDonalds sign.

I also picturized myself:

And my feet:

And my purse

And my camera case

And that is the list of my souvenirs, up to this point.

After taking pictures of my stuff, I decided to peek in on a pinata party next door. They had already destroyed the pinata, but I picturized the leftovers of the pinata.

Each of the communities in Guatemala City have gates across the road. A guard mans the gate and allows recognized vehicles in and out. In this picture, you can see the yellow gate:

At the end of the weekend, some of the girls were dropped off at Seteca to be picked up and taken back to GBS. While we were waiting, Savana and I walked around and spied the lovely tree:

We also climbed onto the play set and got our picture taken together. The back row is Kendall on the left and Kaitlyn on the right. I'm in the middle, then on the bottom are Savana on the left and Sarah on the right.

[more in the next post]

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