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Hello again from Guatemala! We have had quite the full couple of months and things are just going to get crazier before we finish the year. First, we were blessed to have Dave, Aaron’s dad visit in September. It was his first time in Guatemala and the first member or our family to come visit us here. It was really cool to show him where we work and some of the sights of Guatemala as well. It’s always so encouraging to to us when we have someone visit us, so if you’re interested in coming to see us or joining an SI trip, let us know!
This month, we wrapped up our clubs with 5th and 6th graders as well as our junior high/high school clubs. It’s hard to believe that we’ve already wrapped up a whole year with the kiddos here. The school year in Guatemala runs from January to late October or November so we end our clubs at the end of their school year and get ready for the next year that will start in late January. So while we have finished the clubs, we are busy as every finishing out the year by checking grades, getting ready to do a graduation ceremony for 13 of our students, and buying school supplies for our sponsored kids.
While Aaron was in Guatemala City ordering thousands in school supplies, Brianna had the opportunity to do an end of the year celebration with some of the littler kids in our program and to celebrate the work of Raquel, one of the tutoring site leaders. Raquel has been faithfully serving the kiddos of El Gorrión for many years and will be heading out to do what God is calling her to next. We are grateful to have been able to serve with her.
We also had the great opportunity to play worship for a mom’s breakfast for the Special Education site. They had this event at a place near where we work that is basically a steakhouse, but also where they have horses, pigs, goats, chickens, all kinds of farm animals. The Special Ed site ladies hold a meeting with the mothers of special needs children every week and this was their celebration for finishing the year. It was so beautiful to see these moms feel loved and to be part of that experience.
Coming up, in just a few days, actually, we will be headed to Costa Rica with about a dozen of our students here from Guatemala. It will be the first time that a group from one Students International country will be taking students from the local community to another SI country. So we will be heading out with these high school-aged students for their very own mission trip. Please be praying for safe travels and that everyone will come out of it Covid-free and that God would touch all of our hearts on this trip.
Lastly, as we reach the holiday season, we have a special ask that is a little awkward, but how can a need be supplied if we don’t ask. As we have learned since we moved to Guatemala in September of 2020, (can you believe we’ve been here over a year?) when we spend time back in the States, it costs us a lot more money than it does here at home in Guatemala. Sometimes needing to rent cars, eating out more than usual, having to do things like update our drivers licenses, gas because of how far we have to travel sometimes to see family that’s spread out, or having to find Covid tests. For example, we went to Texas last month to renew our visas (which we have to do every 3 or 6 months) and our Covid tests alone cost $300. With all that said, we will be heading back to the States for Christmas and it would help us out a lot to have just a little extra for those extra costs that we incur in the states. If you’d like to help us with that, you can do so using our link for Venmo below. This won’t be a donation to the organization like normal, but will help us out greatly over our Christmas break, if even just to cover the cost of Covid tests. Thank you so much and we look forward to reporting on the Costa Rica mission trip soon!
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