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Dan, Here is
another update from Pastor Sam. He has been in the
mountains for a few days and didn't have any wifi, but
he will have wifi for the next few days.
Email from Pastor Sam in
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 11:46 PM
Subject: Some pics from the last few days
Some pictures from the last few days. Some are from
ChiChicastanango, a town we stayed in. Some are from a
village of widows we visited. Some are from our stay in
Nebaj, which was really rough and some of our group got
sick here from eating the native food. Nebaj is a very
poor place, we met some of the indigenous people here
and experienced some Mayan culture. Blessings,
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Final note from
Pastor Sam! Yea, he's coming home!!
January 16, 2011 2:18 PM
Subject: Last Full Day in
Today is our last full day in Guatemala. We will
have our last Reflection time together as a
group in about an hour. We will be leaving the
hotel in Antigua at 4 am tomorrow morning. We
will drive about an hour to the airport in
Guatemala City. We will be in Dallas for lunch
and landing in Columbus at 5:40 tomorrow
It has been an interesting Cross Cultural
experience. I have learned a lot about the
history of Latin America and Guatemala
specifically and the indigenous Mayan people who
We have travelled over a large part of the
country and visited with many different people.
We have met with a wide range of people; from
government officials in three piece suits to
village people living in dirt floor shacks. We
have spent time in a range of different places
from a well developed city to small villages and
tourist trap towns.
We have learned the details of the Spanish
conquest of Guatemala in the thirteenth and
fourteenth century and the continuing struggle
of the poor and indigenous Mayan people.
Guatemala is a relatively young country with
many struggles and barriers to overcome. The
protestant and catholic churches are alive and
well here. We were told the Methodist church in
Guatemala is a leader in ecumenical circles and
leads in many aspects of liberation theology and
outreach to the poor and marginalized in
Guatemala. The Methodist church here designs
ministries that give a hand up instead of a hand
out. Two of the greatest threats to Guatemala
today are International's looking for natural
resources and drug cartels. Internationals want
to take advantage of cheap resources and the
drug cartels have moved from Columbia to
Guatemala. Gang activity/warfare is a major
problem in Guatemala City. The government here
is so corrupt that it is hard to get anything
done even though it is a "democracy."
I now know how foreigners feel in the States. I
have been learning some Spanish but am largely
incapable of communicating with people here (we
are travelling with a guide/translator who is an
absolute life saver). I have attended two church
services while here, both were in Spanish and I
couldn't understand what was happening. Now I
know what our Spanish speaking brothers and
sisters feel like in our community. It is
difficult to really connect with a language
The weather here is amazing! I love it! It is
almost always in upper 60's to lower 70's.
Connie has told me about the (Ohio) snow we have
had. I wish I could bring this weather home with
me. But, I think I have something much better
and precious to bring back. See you soon.
Blessings, Pastor Sam
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