Guatemala: Adios!

We are at the hotel Barceló in Guatemala City tonight. It was so hard saying goodbye this morning.

Here are the pictures I have right now. There may be some that have been posted previously along with new ones. I’ll also get everyone else’s photos and post those tomorrow during our layover in Atlanta.

Guatemala: Day 4

March 14

Today has been very bittersweet.

This morning, we went zip lining after breakfast then ate and shopped in Panajachel. The zip lines were so much fun! There were 7 of them that went over and through the jungle. Lunch was definitely needed to regain some energy before browsing around the countless vendors and stores.

We will be leaving at noon tomorrow, but the kids will be in school. That means that our goodbyes are happening today. We have been so blessed to work at a place like this.

Tonight was very difficult. Not only were we crying, but the kids were crying to. Goodbyes are always the hardest part of this trip. We always come here hoping to make an impact on the people of Guatemala, but without fail, they always end up impacting us too. The sweet kids and amazing people we have met here will be in our hearts for the whole year. The seniors are heartbroken that this was their final trip, but are already planning to return after they graduate. Eagle’s Nest is truly a life changing place. If you ever want to see God’s plan on action and be able to sense Him around you, visit Nido Del Aguila.

Tomorrow will be a day full of travel. I will post from the hotel at night. That will be the big photo dump, so this is the last official blog!

Most of tonight’s photos did not upload, but expect lots tomorrow night!

Prayer Requests

Safe travels home

– For the kids to understand how much we love them

– For us to have reflective spirits upon our return home

Guatemala: Day 3

March 13

What an amazing way to start our morning!

Last night, Pedro invited us to join him in San Jorge to watch the sunrise. So about 15 of us woke up at 5:00 AM and got into a van. After a 10 minute drive, we hiked about a half mile to some rocks on the side of a mountain. It was absolutely breathtaking.

When we got back, we went to the school to perform a skit. Today was the story of Noah’s ark. After that, we went to breakfast then got to work.

The boys helped clean up the wood pile, some girls finished painting, other girls helped organizing the stockroom, and the rest helped the Tias with the babies.

After work time was lunch. They served a type of Guatemalan curry chicken that is the national dish. But, a few of us who hang out downstairs most days were invited by Anayancy to have tacos. She is the caretaker in charge of the older girls. Anayancy is definitely one of my favorite people and a major highlight of Eagle’s Nest. She finished chef school for deserts in December and while we were eating surprised us with a beautiful cake! We were so grateful. She kept saying how she had to make it so fast, but it was far more impressive than anything I could have made!

After lunch we had our last afternoon with the Manna kids. It was heartbreaking to see them go. They are a little different from the kids in the home and lots of people really enjoy pouring into them. Manna has been a very unique experience.

Finally, we hung out with the kids from Eagle’s Nest. It has been so great getting to form bonds with them and getting to now them.

Today marks the halfway point in our trip. We are very tired, but don’t want to face the reality that we will be leaving soon. This place is so special.

Prayer Requests

– Energy!!

– Safety with our zip lining and trip to Pana tomorrow

– High spirits as we face the end of the trip

Guatemala: Blog Update

Hello everyone!

Today is Wednesday. We were having some technical difficulties with the blogs, but now they should be able to be found in the right place. Unfortunately some of the photos will not upload. I will try to put them back in so keep checking old posts for new pictures. I’ll still post a blog for today, I just wanted y’all to know what was going on.

Expect lots of pictures as soon as our WiFi is better.

Guatemala: Day 2

March 12

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!

Prayer Requests

– Sustained energy

– Success with our Spanish

– Health and safety

– Vulnerability and humility

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

Guatemala: Hola!

March 10 – 9:30 PM

We have arrived at Eagle’s Nest!!

Today was a full travel day. We got to the airport at 3:30 AM and arrived at Eagle’s Nest at 7:00 PM. After a flight from Austin to Atlanta to Guatemala, we boarded a school bus and drove through the mountains and countryside to the town of Solola.

This week we will be painting and cleaning up the grounds among whatever other jobs we may be asked to do. Each day we will work until lunch then have a time to break before we hang out with all the kiddos. We will also be leading morning devotional/skits in the school. Several afternoons, kids from the village will come up to attend an after school program. They are fed spiritually and physically with food and a sermon. For some, this is their only meal of the week. We will also do crafts and play with these kids.

Expect unique updates for each day, although I don’t know when they will be published. I will include pictures of our activities as well as the time the post was written so you can stay up to date!

Prayer Requests

– safety for us, the staff, and kids

– energy and restful sleep

– open minds to Gods plan for our time here

Guatemala: Pre-Trip

I can’t believe it is finally here!!

We will be leaving for Guatemala in 3 short days, and our whole team is beyond excited to share God’s love and joy with the people there. Our amazing group will be staying and serving at Eagle’s Nest in Solola, Guatemala.

See our previous post for a full group picture of our team. My name is Abbie Seale and I am a junior. This will be my second year at Eagle’s Nest and I am so excited to be blogging about our experiences. I will try to post daily, but internet connection may be spotty. Expect a new update for each day, but it might not be able to be published every night.

Throughout the trip, I will be asking for specific prayer needs. See the end of each post for those requests.

Sincerely,

Abbie Seale

Prayer Requests

– Safe travels to Atlanta and Guatemala

– An efficient bus ride into Solola

– For God to open our hearts to His plan for our trip

– For the people of Guatemala to be receptive to our words and actions