Day 1 in Guatemala

As I mentioned to a few, I’m going to try to post each day. It shouldn’t be an issue, at least as I foresee the next few days going. Today was, plainly and simply, an amazing day. The main group went to the first school, Limon, and did some painting, teaching lessons and doing a craft with 4 classes of kids, and doing some home visits throughout the barrio. I went to the other school, Mandarina. Most of my day was spent filming the muchachos who are part of the carpentry workshop. After their group breakfast, they spent considerable time in Bible study, which was amazing. One of the guys shared a lot of his story. It was beautiful and a privilege to be a part of that. After a few interviews, a few of us went with Tita on a home visits throughout the barrio. This was a great eye-opener. Words can’t even describe it so I’ll save that level of detail for a later post upon returning home. It is amazing how many people are crammed into the slum area. Even in poverty, though, there is an economic spectrum. And many have televisions that are literally on 24 hours per day. During one home visit, I actually watched a few minutes of the Spain v. Honduras World Cup soccer match.

Tita, who I mentioned above, has been working in the slum for 15 years. God truly has guided her heart to the poorest in this city. She knows many and tries her best to share the love and message of Jesus. Shorty, as he is called, was also with us today. He is a pastor in the slum and shares his faith openly with men in the barrio.

The day before I left the States, Bill Cummings of Lemonade International asked if I could try to put together an additional piece, a 1-2 minute video for the carpentry workshop. The carpentry workshop is not currently funded and won’t be able to continue if funds aren’t raised. Today was a great step toward accomplishing that goal.

Tomorrow will involve filming around the Mandarina school, more filming of the muchachos, and a 2nd interview with Tita. I also will be interviewing–or, rather, likely just letting him talk–don Chepe, an older gentleman who is sort of an unofficial mayor of that particular barrio. He apparently is a wealth of knowledge about the history of the barrio and of the slum. This footage will hopefully be part of a longer, future film project, where this man’s narrative will be the thread that will tie together the story of the slum. Stay tuned for this over the next 18 months or so.

I apologize for the randomness of the paragraphs above. Feel free to check in again tomorrow. And, as you will, please pray for the residents of La Limonada, the largest urban slum in Central America.