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Wednesday 10/16

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Cris and I started the day off early. Our flight out of XNA departed at 6:15 am. We flew to Houston and then onto Guatemala City. We went through emigration and customs at the Guatemala airport. There were no glitches other than Cris lost his check baggage stub for his suitcase that he checked and that took a little time before he was able to claim his back through security. He had to show his passport to the security guard.

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We met Elma and Miles outside of the airport. We loaded our luggage into a large minivan that was driven by Yovani (a friend of Miles and Elma). We traveled through Guatemala City to a shopping center north of the city for lunch at the Pollo Campero. Traffic was very interesting. There were lots of motorcycles darting in and out of traffic with lots of other cars. We had fried chicken and salad at the restaurant. Elma said it was a safe place to eat.

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Traveled to Gualan on the Pan American road (CA9). Quit and interesting road trip. Lots of mountains in the Guatemala City area. A lot of the highway was four lanes and then it turned into a two lane road. There was lots of truck traffic going both directions. At times, it was a little nerve racking as our driver would pass trucks going up a hill. There were lots of rock slides along the highway from previous earthquackes.

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Arrived at the Hotel Miravealla. Very nice place in Gualan. Good food, air conditioned rooms, safe and secure. Shower only have lukewarm water but that is ok. Elma and I walked around the area of the hotel to get some bottled water. The area around the hotel if very poverty stricken. We are so blessed.

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Met Pastor Louis Jasinto and his wife (Nancy) just before dinner. Miles and the Pastor work out the itinerary for the remaining four days that we are in Gualan. Cris and Pastor Louis were able to discuss some of the goals that they would like to accomplish in the future, for both churches (ours and theirs) to be able to help each other out and to grow in Christ in both locations. Cris and I both need to learn Spanish. Would make things a lot easier however Miles is a good translator.

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Dinner was excellent. Miles and Elma translated the menu. Cris and I both had a steak dinner with French fries. The steak was really good. After a long day we headed to bed. Need to get up early tomorrow morning for breakfast at 7:30 am.

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