Guatemala: Day 1

March 11

Our first full day at Eagle’s Nest!

We started off our day with a visit to the school to perform a skit for the kids. We told the story of Jesus feeding the 5000. Afterwards, we had a delicious breakfast of pancakes and fresh fruit.

This morning, Pedro took us on a tour of the property and told us about its history. It was built in the 70s for a company retreat then abandoned and used by the government for the same purpose. However, it was left empty both times for the same reason: no one wanted to have to drive through the extreme poverty to get to their beautiful vacation spot. It was finally purchased by Larry and Claire who would go on to found Eagle’s Nest.

The children here are judge appointed. You cannot adopt children in Guatemala due to its long history of corruption. These kids can stay until they are 18 and learn all kinds of skills. They can attend school and are constantly taught about God and His love for them. They have access to counseling and medical attention. It is amazing getting to serve in such a special place.

We had lots of different jobs today. Some people painted the girls’ room, some wielded machetes to take care of some fallen trees, and some helped sort and store out donations in the storeroom.

Today, tomorrow, and Wednesday we will be helping with Manna in the afternoon. It is an after school program for the kids from the village. They get to eat, play, and hear about God. For some, this is their only meal of the week. Today, they got to swim! We also got to do watercolors with them.

After Manna, we were free to go and hang out with all the kids that live in the home. It was so much fun to play with them and love on them.

Tonight, we had dinner then practiced our skits and had a game night.

Prayer Requests

– Energy

– Safety while working

– Success on our jobs around the site

– For us to set a good example for the kids

– For the people of Guatemala to be impacted by our time and work here