Tuesday 10/22/13 - Day Seven
This morning we caught a cab at the front door at 8:00 am. We drove to Guatemala City to meet with Rebeca de Franco, the director of the Lutheran Hour. The trip was supposed to take about 45 minutes, but we got somewhat lost in Guatemala City. From what I understand, Guatemala City is not the safest city to be driving around in. We saw more of Guatemala City than what we had planned. We went through some areas of town that were really rough looking. Elma made us lock our doors (even though the windows were down). After the cab driver asked for directions from another cabby, we arrived at the Lutheran Hour at the appointed time, 10:00 am.
We met with Rebeca. What a great lady with lots of ambition. Miles and Cris talked to Rebeca about future goals and ideas about future trips to Guatemala. Cris has some unique ideas about bonding with the people of Guatemala and it appeared that Rebeca was excited about these ideas. She was also very interested in the stove that we put in at the school in Los Limonus. Both Cris and Miles have some homework to due. Cris needs to recap his ideas and Miles needs to give a recap of the stove (cost, benefits, etc). It was a great meeting and a good start for future trips to Guatemala.
After the meeting, we came back to Antigua. After lunch we did a little sightseeing. The remaining ruins of the 1600-1700’s are unbelievable. While visiting one of the ruins, I purchased a gift for Suzie from a Mayan lady who was really nice but was a great business lady also. She had a limit on how low in cost she would go. What was funny, after I purchased the item and before I could put it into my fanny pack, I was like red meat to the hawks. All at once from out of no where, three other ladies pounced on me trying to sell me something. I guess I was an easy target. Once I had my purchase in the fanny pack and started to walk away, things settled down.
We had an early dinner at a really nice restaurant with a stop at the ice cream store for my favorite ice cream, pistachio. Cris and I need to pack up tonight because we need to catch a shuttle to the airport at 3:50 am. Our fight leaves from Guatemala City at 7:00 am.
We want to thank Miles and Elma for all of their help and support over the last seven days. They are such gracious hosts. Without them, we would probably have not been able to make this trip. They are a great example of showing us how to “follow in Christ’s footsteps”. We pray that the support will continue to come to Miles and Elma so they can continue to do God’s work here in Guatemala.