Posts by Zach Terry
This week’s lesson is coming very late. My laptop crashed this week so I’ve had difficulty getting the information together. Nevertheless, it is complete now and ready for you to review.
I was one of 19 people who traveled to Guatemala with the mission of building homes, giving food and preaching the gospel of Christ. Anyone who experiences a great journey knows that there is a unique bond formed between traveling companions. Only we have fully experienced the unique blessings of this trip. This post is my attempt to convey a few.
All at once breathtaking and surreal the landscape seemed exaggerated. Volcanoes rising out of the ground, the ash of which has
provided a soil quality that produces vegetation like unto the land of promise, yet the men of the land are no giants. Small in stature, dark in skin, hard working, when they work. The people are happy, friendly, genuinely warm despite a high level of crime and abuse. There does seem to be a difference between the joviality of children and some of the teens. Perhaps they’ve wised up, lost their innocence, but most likely it was taken from them.
The weather is tolerable year round so the rustic shacks we construct are sufficient. As we laid concrete in the final house, one of the ladies asked, ” How long till it dries?” Impatience marks every culture I suppose.
The music and food are similar – simple yet spicy. It seems that the palate of colors are limited to
bright reds, greens and yellow. Much like the roosters that roam everywhere. In the air, the strange scent of burning fuel, a smell extinct in North America but still prevalent here. It serves as a fitting description of this land, it looks like Heaven but the scent of hell is in the air.
The dedication of the five houses we had built seemed to cause time to stand still. None of us spoke fluent Spanish, but the emotion of the moment transcended the language barrier. I heard Christos, Dios, and gracias a lot. Their expressions conveyed that they were hearing – good news.
I was glad my wife was with me. I hope my children one day can be. And I hope you will see this awesome land for yourself and people that are Guatemala.