Patrick and Ethan here!
We want to tell you about the past three days developing relationships with our fellow Guatemalan youth group. After countless hours of planning between the two churches, we have finally been able to meet those we have been praying for all this time.
This opportunity to form these bonds through God with our brothers and sisters has impacted us.
We realized that even though we come from two different places, we are able to form friendships which show us we are not as different as we thought. We further enhanced our relationships by taking a trip up to a sacred lagoon. The language barrier proved no difficulty because we were able to understand each other through smiles and laughter.
We then continued our day by returning to their church and playing our favorite game 9 square. Although these may seem like ordinary activities, this day has made us truly grateful for who we are and where we come from. Instead of just going through the motions, we can say we have truly seen god all around us in our Guatemalan brother and sisters. We have learned today that God is not just in the words of the Bible and the voice of a preacher, but in the people we meet and the experiences that we share with them.