Monthly Archives: May 2017

Summer 2017, Where are we?

Come see us this summer:

May 28: 9:45am Equipping Hour, Ephrata FIRST UMC Church, Ephrata, PA
June 4: 10am West York Church of the Brethren, York, PA
June 4: 6:30pm Franklin County, location TBA
June 11: 10am Yorks Corners Mennonite Church, Wellsville, NY
June 18: 10:30am Bell Run Union Church, Shinglehouse, PA
June 25: 11am Lowville Mennonite Church, Lowville, NY
July 2: 11am Ellisburg Union Church, Ellisburg, PA
July 9: 6pm EMM Worker Commissioning, Mellinger Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA
July 9-14: EMM Oasis Retreat
July 15: 11am-3pm, EMM Global Fair, Hans Herr House, Willow Street, PA
July 16: 6pm Ephrata First UMC, Ephrata, PA
July 23: 9:30am Alden Mennonite Church, near Buffalo, NY
August 6: Rochester Area Mennonite Fellowship, Rochester, NY
August 13: Friendship Mennonite Church, Cleveland, OH
August 20: 10am Clarence Center Akron Mennonite Church, near Buffalo, NY
August 27: 10:45am Chenunda Creek Fellowship, Independence, NY
August 27: 6pm Ice Cream Social, Yorks Corners Mennonite Church, Wellsville, NY

September 10: Return flight to Guatemala! Thank you for your support!!

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Snip-its, part 2

Going through my drafts today, I discovered this gem that never got published. It’s well over a year and a half old now, so I’ve added a few notes:
Another few chapters of our adventures in Guatemala.
Have you ever wondered what happens to clothes that don’t sell at Goodwill? They get shipped south! There are stores on virtually every corner here called “Pacas.” They get leftover thrift clothes and other items from the states and sell them here. We have truly appreciated this as the younger two kids have outgrown almost everything we brought with us from the States last year, and although they did have thrift stores (“Ropa Americana”) in Costa Rica, they could still be rather pricey. Here, depending on the store, prices can range from 1 Q ($.13) to 75 Q ($10). This past week they came in especially handy as we are in need of some warmer clothes. I brought no long-sleeve shirts for me and very few for the kids. Not sure that we’ll be buying the snowpants or boots that I keep seeing, though the kids would sure love if we did need them. [Still very thankful for these as we have replaced more than just the younger two’s clothes (now the middle two!). They were/are a great place for maternity and baby clothes too! Occasionally, I even find some nice curtains or other things to decorate with.]
We have met a handful of other missionary families around Carcha and Coban and have been blessed by our times with them–and the chance to speak English outside our family. An older couple has supplied us with some puzzles and English magazines, which were quickly devoured. Another family, with a son about Esther’s age lives near a nice park and so we have enjoyed some outings with them there. One family lives in the country–a Guatemalan husband and American wife with a 2 year old daughter. They own a nice finca (farm) outside Coban and have been here about four years. The kids love to visit there. They have a wonderful time running around and enjoying nature and animals (turkeys, chickens, rabbits, dogs, goats, chicks). Ted has learned a lot about the area and farming practices from Antonio. This family tries to do a lot organically and help their local community as much as possible. We all (except Esther who rode most of it) got a wonderful workout one afternoon as we hiked around their various fields. It is amazing the places they plant their crops. What I would call a straight drop-off, they climb up and down and plant coffee plants on…and then later again to harvest them by hand! We took a shortcut home through the jungle and were climbing up muddy inclines that I didn’t think we’d ever make it up. I’m amazed we brought home as little mud as we did on our clothes! The area is also called Siguanja because of the many “siguanjas” they have–places where there is just a hole in the ground, some deeper and wider than others. Many have weeds that have grown across the tops so you don’t notice them, or they look shallower than they are. They taught us to throw a rock in first to see how long it takes to hit bottom; they can be very dangerous.   [Par for the course in missionary life, some of these families have now left Guatemala, though we have also met a couple others. Life here is constant transition.]
If legends are to be believed, chocolate was first discovered in Guatemala. That said, there is surprisingly little of it around, in my opinion. 🙂  However, we found raw cacoa beans in the market and brought some home to do some experimenting. Ted put on his coffee-roasting hat and pulled out the handy coffee-roaster (aka popcorn popper) that we found at our neighborhood Paca, and roasted up a batch. We soon discovered that the process of making cocoa beans edible is not near as easy as the process of making coffee beans drinkable! However, we have enjoyed the testing, and Ted has re-wired the popcorn popper to make it work even more efficiently at its new purpose. I’m fairly certain there will continue to be more efforts in this regard. If nothing else, it makes the house smell amazing (unlike roasting coffee beans, which I have relegated as being an outdoor activity). [We haven’t done as much of this as I thought we would, mostly because the post-roasting process is a bit tedious. It’s almost worth it just for the smell though. 🙂 ]
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Día del trabajador

Labor Day is celebrated on May 1 here in Guatemala. Since it is a federal holiday and most things are closed, the boys’ school had a family festival at a local ‘balneario’ (swimming hole) today. Not having any idea what to expect, we weren’t quite prepared for the day, but it was a fun time.

They split everyone up into ‘families’ (teams) and each family had to go through the 14 stations surrounding the river–some of them in the river. It was a wet and muddy experience, but enjoyed by all and we also got to know some of the parents of the boys’ classmates.

Here’s a few pictures of the day. As the designated ‘dry-person’, I had the camera, but also the baby, so I didn’t get to all the stations before they had already finished and were on their way to the next one! Each station was named after something in the Bible (Nile River, Red Sea Crossing, etc) and had a Bible verse to go with it.

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