Loss of words

Posted by on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

I am online in the lobby of our hotel in Antigua, Guatemala – because we’ve sadly landed in a hotel that does not have wifi. I’ve been sitting here looking at the keyboard, trying to think of how to tell you the things I’ve seen and done so far but, falling short of descriptive words.

How can I explain about a family of 15 living in a two room, dirt floored, corrugated tin roofed…. where the kids were dirty because they don’t have running water, use an outside hole for the toilet and draw water from a well that is infested with amoebas?

How can explain about a place we visited today that houses and cares for malnourished children – where I carried around a girl of 3 named Laurita that weighed 12 pounds? And another teensy infant that looked about a month old in size but was 8 months old? (I have photos of these kids and others ….. but since I can’t get online with my laptop right now, I can’t post them yet.)

I tell ya, it will tug at your heart strings, that’s for sure. There are some incredible programs in Guatemala striving to help but when you have poverty such as here, it sure takes a LOT of help.

I feel so blessed to have been here this week. One of my favorite moments of the week is when a little boy of 10 years old came into the lobby of our hotel in Panajatchel, looking to sell some postcards. He spotted me and came over, asking if I wanted to buy any. He sat down beside me and we started chatting, while I looked through his postcards. He said he had two older brothers and a little sister. I asked him where he learned to speak english and he told me he’d learned on the street. While we talked, I descreetly figured up on my calculater what the cost was in dollars – because I couldn’t make my brain convert it in my head. I kept thinking of my friends who I’m with telling me to wait to make purchases because we’d find better things here in Antigua than in Panajatchel.

And then…. I asked him what his name was. His answer, in perfect english, “Jesus” (NOT pronounced Hey-sus, as typical in Spanish…. he said Jesus) I looked at him and said, “REALLY??”

He said, “Yes, I am Jesus.”

I thought to myself…. How can I say no to Jesus?? This entire trip has been about saying YES to Jesus.

So of course, I bought them, thinking, it didn’t really matter WHAT they cost!!! :)

Now, I must go as someone else is waiting for my computer.

Updated to add the photo of me and Jesus:

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  1. Shannonon 19 Jan 2011 at 10:41 pm 1

    Oh how sweet is that? I love that his name was Jesus! So proud of you for saying YES to Jesus and taking this trip. Love and miss you much!

  2. Beccaon 20 Jan 2011 at 12:30 am 2

    Love that! Love that we are friends too!

  3. Stacyon 20 Jan 2011 at 7:31 am 3

    What an amazing story. I love that you are sharing all of this with us and can’t wait to hear more and see pics. I am so proud of you for hearing the call and following Him. And on top of that you got to meet Jesus in more ways than one.

  4. Lenaon 20 Jan 2011 at 8:08 am 4

    Oh wow, What a amazing, life changing experience your having! I can’t wait to hear more. Stay safe! Love You.

  5. Chrison 20 Jan 2011 at 9:04 am 5

    “I thought to myself…. How can I say no to Jesus?? This entire trip has been about saying YES to Jesus.

    So of course, I bought them, thinking, it didn’t really matter WHAT they cost!!!”

    If we could all live our lives saying YES to Him, no matter the cost. This post will live with me for a while. Thanks for sharing!

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