Guatemala Update – Details Revealed

Yesterday afternoon, I met with our team of students and adults who are going on the upcoming trip to Guatemala.  If you’ve been following along for a couple of months, you know that it took a leap of faith for me to decide to go on this trip with my daughter, Hannah.  During our meeting yesterday, we learned a little more about what we would be doing and where we would be working while we are in Guatemala in just over two months.

First, we will spend three days building one or two houses.  As you may remember, the Stretched Community is a big part of this activity.  So far, the Stretched Community has raised $5,210 towards the first house.  It takes a total of $8,000 to build each house.  If you’d like to help us reach our goal click here or go to the Stretched main page and hit the donate button on the right side menu.

Second, we will spend three days running a Kids Camp type program for children in the area.  Our program will be based on the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the book of Daniel.  I believe the main message of the camp will talk about the importance of standing strong in your faith.  Somehow, we’ll do this in Spanish.

Finally, we will spend three days running a sports camp.  At this camp, we will be teaching kids about American football.  We will teach them about the game, help them run drills, and lead them in an actual game.  This should provide a unique opportunity to interact with the kids from this area.

Speaking of this area, we will be going to an area called Xenecoj (apparently near Santo Domingo).  This area is located north-west of Guatemala City, the capital of Guatemala.

Please continue to pray for our team as we prepare for this trip.  Pray for safety, and pray that our hearts would be open to transformation.  Pray for the family who will be receiving the home we will be building.  Pray for the kids who will be attending the camp and the football clinic.  Pray that we would have an impact in Guatemala.

Finally, I have a big favor to ask.  I know the trip is two months away but that time will go quickly.  I’m hoping to keep the Stretched blog going while I’m away, but I’ll need some help.  I’m looking for guest bloggers to share their stretching stories.  If you have a stretched story to share, I’d love to share it with the Stretched community while I’m away on my trip.  Let me know if you’re interested by leaving a comment, and I’ll get back to you with more details.  Thanks!

(FYI, I’m planning tomorrow to provide answers to the questions that came in as a result of Friday’s Ice Breaker.  If you have any questions, you’d like to add.  Please stop by Friday’s post and leave a comment.)

Where is the farthest place you’ve been from home?