One month ago today, on June 17th, Nikita and I landed in Guatemala for an excursion that was so much more than grocery shopping, but definitely counted as a field trip.
GoodGoers "Mission Based Adventure", and had chosen Guatemala because we wanted to see the culture of Kimberly's birth parents.
Manos de Jesus and staying at Monte Flor.
We painted a house that needed a new coat. A house that was maybe 8 feet by 12 feet and was one room. That makes my bedroom bigger than this family's home.
We blew up balloons, brought out crayons, and blew bubbles with children who knew us only as "Gringos".
We went to three of the six Feeding Programs run by Manos de Jesus, so we could sing with the children, play with the children, and help where needed.
Our trip ended with a day near Lake Atitlan, going on a zipline, having lunch out, relaxing, and packing for home.
So this was our Ultimate Field Trip. To really qualify as a field trip...whether it be to the grocery store or to Guatemala...something must be learned.
What did Nikita and I learn??
We learned that there is a need. We did not just read about it or hear about it. We saw it, and we felt it. And for just a few days, we tried to meet it. We tried to be los manos de Jesus.
Teams from all over will continue to travel to also be the Hands of Jesus for a few days.
If you would like to go on the ultimate field trip, check out this website.
Or, see what your church is doing. The people of Guatemala are not the only ones in need, but it is the area we chose. For this very special reason:
Nikita might even go back for an entire Summer!
Where will your Ultimate Field Trip take you?