While our second day in Guatemala was enlightening as we learned about its history and economic conditions, our third day was active, exhilarating, and inspiring. We experienced first-hand the beauty of the Guatemalan highlands by traveling to various groups to receive updates on their projects and form bonds.
This past Sunday, Cathy and Carrie paid a visit to our partner church, El Verbo Divino. The church is absolutely breathtaking and has the most scenic view from its balcony. If that name sounds a tad familiar, this is the same church whose youth group graciously hosted Westminster youth this past summer for the inaugural youth partnership trip to Guatemala.
After much planning, packing, and flying, Westminster Presbyterian Church members, Carrie and Cathy, arrived safely in Guatemala City Wednesday afternoon. Upon their arrival, they immediately connected with Emerson Morales of CEDEPCA. As CEDEPCA’s Program Coordinator in its Intercultural Encounters program, Emerson is a vital figure throughout all trips to Guatemala. Beyond his amazing translation skills, he acts as the perfect liaison between the visiting group or church and the local community with whom the group or church is partnering. In this case, Emerson helps Westminster and its efforts to assist the Association, so that partnership projects are helpful to the Association and local communities and not hurtful.
Emerson, Carrie, and Cathy discussed two upcoming trips in 2019. Though the dates are not finalized, we plan to take two groups to Guatemala in 2019. Read more
In case you missed it, the youth who visited Guatemala this June shared their experiences to a packed house on Sunday, September 17 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Seeing the entire community hall with church members of all ages captivated about the recent developments in the Guatemala partnership was such an exciting feeling. The congregation’s continued interest in local and international mission is so incredible!
Catch up on all of the exciting Guatemala happenings with this exciting video!
Westminster Presbyterian Church Educator, Susan Moseley, had the privilege to speak at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock about the recent trip to Guatemala.
UUFR describes themselves as a sharing community dedicated to spiritual exploration, critical thinking, and social service.
Here is a transcript of Susan’s talk.