I want to start off by thanking Gail and Ted of Bluewater Surrender for this incredible opportunity to let me be able to go to Guatemala on my first mission trip. I went on this trip trying not to have any expectations about what would come out of it because I didn’t know what mission trips were really about. All I can say is I received a lot.
One of the most prominent things that I learned on this trip was that it is as easy as knocking on someone’s door and asking to simply pray for them to honestly save someone. That all people need is to know that someone is there for them to listen and pray with them and how you and I can be that person. My eyes were opened to how many people are actually in need and how it’s really not only in Guatemala, or Cuba, or Nicaragua but in our own towns and cities. That we don’t have to go to another country or state, or quit our jobs and move somewhere with more need to make a difference. All it takes is an hour a day, or even just an hour a week, to make a difference in someone else’s life. It was neat to experience how happy people in Guatemala were with what little it seemed they had, which was really not much. The comparison of cultures from Guatemala and America were remarkable. Here in America, people are constantly wanting something new; the newest iPhone, newest car, newest anything. In Guatemala, all we did was play with a beach ball with some kid’s day after day after day and we had an amazing time. Getting kids from our neighborhoods and playing with them or just spending time with them and conversing with them might be all they need. We need to start teaching others to live in the present.