Meetings, Dates, Deadlines: us humans spend so much time trying to control the time given to us on this Earth, that we become obsessed with making sure everything goes according to plan. However it's only when things take an unexpected turn and we are forced to leave our comfort zones when God is able to get to work.
This year's trip to Guatemala was by no means similar to the year previous in the aspect of scheduling. Last year was pretty smooth sailing with minimal obstacles diverging us from our plan. This year however was completely different. While the purpose of this trip was to help and interact with the kids in Gerona, God decided that he wanted us to help at the Church as well. Even on the very first day that our team arrived in Guatemala our plans changed. What was originally going to be a rest day to acclimate ourselves, turned into us moving 900 cement blocks up to the third floor of the church. However I believe that God had those blocks delivered at that time for a reason because it forced us to work together early on in the trip and allowed us to begin the process of bonding together as a team.
The most significant change that occurred on our mission trip was when we found out that we couldn't have the morning session of our camp because the mornings are when the Gerona kids have to do their studying. This resulted in us leading an A.M. PE class as Casita Adonai and let us play and interact with the kids from Casita as well. Not only that, but I was able to meet my family's sponsor child who is a student at the school, which was one of my highlights of the trip as I didn't think that I would get to meet him because we were planned to spend a majority of our time in Gerona this week. Fortunately God had a different plan for us and chose to take advantage of my team being in Guatemala to reach and bond spiritually with as many Kids as possible, both in Gerona and Casita. If there is one thing I can say that I know for certain about God it's that he's unpredictable in every manner and has the power to change everything in a second, but nonetheless ALWAYS has his reasons for doing so.
Written by Kevin Eichlin, a member of the Sports team