I don't know where to start! This trip has without a doubt been the most amazing experience I've ever had and I am so thankful that I got his opportunity. It's awesome how a trip like this can change your outlook on so many things, at least it did for me. The number one thing it opened my eyes to is the fact that I need to stop looking at the ways that people are different from me and look at the similarities and to stop judging people I don't even know. A smile costs nothing but shows so many things. Seeing them from all the children made me realize that the little things are the big things. :) -Ashley
I have just had one of the best weeks of my life so far and I'm so sad to see it go. As a group we got closer and had so many memories together that we'll never forget. But also, I learned that two things hold different groups and cultures together; religion and relationships. Just walking through San Lucas, simply sharing a smile or a buenas dias could brighten someone's day and, although the masses were in Spanish, we could participate and still feel one with the people there. It was such a fun experience and I hope to be able to use all the great experiences to make me appreciate everything I have so much more. Thanks to all the people who donated and of course all of our parents who helped this trip happen!
On this incredible journey, I got a little bit of sun, but a whole lot of life changing experiences. I have learned so many things here like how you can have true happiness when you have nothing, and how, no matter the language or cultural differences, we can all unite as one under God. The people I have met here, places I have seen, things I have heard and experienced, those are the memories I will hold onto forever. I guess the biggest thing I will take from this is the unexpected places you can see God, and how he truly shines through everyone you meet. I am so blessed and grateful to have been able to come on this mission trip to Guatemala!