Building in Guatemala: Post-Trip
Dear friends and families of Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial,
Now that I know everyone has arrived home safely, I can safely say it was a wonderful trip all the way around. Yes, we had a couple of bumpy days, but everyone stayed positive and helped each other through the tough times. The old saying “laughter is the best medicine” is true for our group. We had a lot of wonderful experiences, lots of laughter, encouraging each other to try new things and giving each other a hand whenever needed.
The definition of team, according to Webster’s dictionary is: a number of persons associated together in work or activity. I saw that on this trip every single day. Not only were the gringos a team off the build site, but when on the build site, we were joined with Guatemalans to form an international team that did not seem to have any language barrier at all. Not all of us speak Spanish, but we did have two wonderfully talented Spanish speakers on our team…thank you Beatriz and Patti. They helped get us through some rough spots at the beginning, and combined with hand gestures, pointing and the help of our dear Carlos as well, we managed to have no problems communicating with each other. How fun it was to watch everyone try, including me, to learn the correct words for rebar, wire, and the myriad of other things we needed to make it through the week.
This team of 11 gringos was unstoppable! As you read, the views were breathtaking, the work was hard but fun, the Guatemalan people are so welcoming but the camaraderie I saw among the team was amazing.
As we embarked on this journey, I mentioned I was thrilled and humbled to be the leader of the group. I am truly blessed to have been fortunate enough to have had this team, the spirit everyone maintained and the friendships that were forged and strengthened on this trip. I truly hope we will see each other again and that your life’s journeys are filled with happiness and success. Thank you for spending your week with me and doing the work of Habitat.
May God bless you all and keep you safe and happy,