Today we got to do one of my favorite things from last year. We went to see Estella!!
Before that, we had breakfast and worked on various jobs. A few people continued to help sort/store donations and chop up the fallen trees. The rest cleaned up the side of the mountain where there is a prayer path and fruit trees. It was hard work but very satisfying.
Next, we boarded the Tuk-Tuks and went into town to see Estella. She used to work as a cook for the Manna kids at Eagle’s Nest but developed a growth that needed surgery. Pedro and Fehlis raised the money to pay for the operation. Now, groups that visit Eagle’s Nest take an afternoon to experience authentic Guatemalan culture and food. On her property is an old adobe house coated in soot from the open fireplace inside. That is where her husbands parents grew up. The meal she made us is the one I’ve been looking forward to all year long!! First, we got hot chicken broth. Then we got the tortillas we had just made. Finally, we got her famous fried chicken served on a bed of rice. To finish it all off, she served us cold glasses of Coke and tiny bananas.
When we walked back to Eagle’s Nest, we were just in time for Manna. Today, we did a skit about the fiery furnace and made bracelets and necklaces with them. Morgan taught the girls how to finger knit. They loved it!
After that, per usual, we hung out with the kids in the home. The older girls did face masks with us and we painted fingernails.
Unfortunately, it seems like some of the pictures are not posting. I’ll include as many as I can but expect a big photo dump on our last day!
– Sustained energy
– Success with our Spanish
– Health and safety
– Vulnerability and humility