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Mission Trip to Guatemala

In March 2010, I had the pleasure to accompany three Thirty-One directors on a mission trip to Guatemala.  We went with One Way Ministries, based in Birmingham, Alabama.  At first, I was not too excited about this trip.  It was my fifth trip of the year and I was not looking forward to being away from my family again.  After arriving in Guatemala, I quickly realized that God had a different plan for me.  I was exactly where I was supposed to be.  I learned so much about my life, about God, about the people I was with but most importantly about the people of Guatemala.

The Guatemalans are such loving, welcoming and Godly people.  I learned so much about how the church should be from them.  We spent our time there helping other women and helping children.  We worked with women and children that live in one of the worst areas of Guatemala City.  They live in what is called the Guatemala City dump.  The women actually work in the dump.  Their daily job is to sort through the trash to find items they can recycle.  Generally, they are looking for one certain item.  We met one woman that only looks for plastic.  She takes the plastic to a recycling company that pays her for what she found.  Normally, she makes $4 per day.

The kids we worked with are the kids of these women.  The kids go to day care/pre-school at Tabitha House.  Tabitha house is a safe place for the kids to play, learn about Jesus and receive 2 meals. Tabitha House serves the kids breakfast and lunch.  For most of the kids, this will be the only meals they receive each day. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the kids.  Upon our first arrival at Tabitha House, we were bombarded with “Hola” and hugs.  It was great!  I loved that they were so happy to see us.  Throughout the week, we helped the kids with crafts, face painting and just loved on them. We also helped the teachers organize their classrooms.  We bought toys and decorated the kid’s play area.  We took sixty kids to the zoo and Burger King.  Most of the kids had never left the dump area.  It was interesting to watch them eat a hamburger.  Most did not know how.  It was a great joy to watch them play at Burger King.

One of the most interesting things about our trip was the connection we made with the teachers who work at Tabitha House.  We were able to develop relationships with them and hear their stories.  They all come from a terrible past but now are transformed by God.  One of the ways they are trying to support Tabitha House is to make handmade purses.  What an awesome connection!  The purses are beautiful and a great way to support Tabitha House.  100% of the proceeds go to Tabitha House.  They use the money to buy food for the kids, diapers, and wipes.

If you are interested in supporting a great cause, let me know.  There are 2 purse sizes – a small size for young girls and a large size for teens & women.  The colors will vary.  The ladies use the materials they have so there is no way to select your colors.  The large purse is $20 plus shipping.  The small is $10 plus shipping.

For more information on mission trips with One Way Ministries CLICK HERE

Guatemala Mission Trip

In March 2010, I had the pleasure to accompany three Thirty-One directors on a mission trip to Guatemala. We went with One Way Ministries, based in Birmingham, Alabama.