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Expect the unexpected: Feeding the hungry in Guatemala

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Recently I traveled to Antigua, Guatemala, for the first time. Although I want to travel all around the world, Guatemala was never on my radar. But it was a “God thing.” I’m writing a Guatemala blog series to show you the beautiful pictures and to share about the amazing things God did there. This is Blog #7, Expect the unexpected: Feeding the hungry in Guatemala. You can read my other blogs in this Guatemala Blog Series at the end of this post. 

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Before I went to Guatemala, my friend Dana Arcuri (speaker, author, and wellness coach on YouTube) was praying for me about my trip there. One morning she received an exciting word for me about the trip: “Expect the unexpected!” That is exactly what happened, in more ways than one! You can listen to her interview of me about this amazing trip on YouTube here.

When it was nearing the end of my trip in Antigua, Guatemala, my new friends Kim Rogers and Stan Edwards encouraged me to stay longer there. Kim said a week was simply NOT enough time to visit Guatemala! She is so right. They invited me to stay at their beautiful home in Jocotenango, which is close to Antigua.

Stan and Kim with lemonade at Guatemalan restaurant

Stan and Kim with lemonade at Guatemalan restaurant

I told them that I wanted to stay, but I had only booked my Air BnB in Antigua until Sunday and I was running out of money for my trip! They generously said that I could stay at their house free of charge and they’d feed me! (Stan is a great cook, by the way!)

Kim & me on her home's terrace, drinking coffee

Kim & me on her home’s terrace, drinking coffee

So, after praying about it and felt a peace from God that this was what He wanted me to do, I contacted the airline and rescheduled my flight to stay two days longer in Guatemala. Kim told me that the day I was scheduled to leave (Sunday), her friend Maureen Mckeon, a former Delta airline flight attendant, was volunteering at Parque Central (Central Park) with her friends to feed poor, hungry people. 

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Dana Arcuri’s Interview of me traveling to Antigua, Guatemala. Manifesting God-sized dreams

Beth Jones at Cerra de la Cruz, Antigua, Guatemala

This week Author/Speaker/Wellness Coach Dana Arcuri interviewed me about traveling to Antigua, Guatemala, in her video on YouTube, Manifesting God-Sized Dreams. It was an honor for her to interview me, and I pray Jesus is glorified.

You can view the video by clicking on the link below. Please comment, like, and share, so that you and others can be encouraged and inspired to achieve your most impossible dreams!

https://youtu.be/nivkALCHrGg

You can also listen to just the audio of Dana’s interview with me, on my podcast at Podbean at the link below:

http://bethjones.podbean.com/

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Praying at Cerra de la Cruz for the people of Guatemala, a Divine appointment in a coffee shop bathroom, and a little girl named Maria begging in the street

Recently I traveled to Antigua, Guatemala, for the first time. Although I want to travel all around the world, Guatemala was never on my radar. But it was a “God thing.” I’m writing a Guatemala blog series to show you the beautiful pictures and to share about the amazing things God did there. This is Blog #6, Praying on the hill with the Cross (Cerra de la Cruz). You can read my other blogs in this Guatemala Blog Series at the end of this post. 

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Cerra de la Cruz

Cerra de la Cruz

“Traveling makes one modest–you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” — Gustave Flaubert

The above quote is inspiring and so true. When I recently traveled to Guatemala, I very much felt this way.

Beautiful ladies. My friend Kim Rogers & my Spanish instructor, Elvia Reyes

Beautiful ladies. My friend Kim Rogers & my Spanish instructor, Elvia Reyes

First, because even though I’ve been taking Spanish lessons for a couple of months and plan to continue with my instructor Elvia Reyes, I still speak so little Spanish and understand even less. When I was there in Guatemala, I realized how much I really needed to learn the Spanish language. Plus, Elvia is so beautiful (inside and out) and wears a size zero or one (intimating to someone trying to lose weight!).

Second, my friend Kim, who spontaneously bought a lovely condo home there in Jocotenango after traveling to Guatemala numerous times, is larger than life. She too is beautiful, and so outgoing (she makes friends everywhere), smart, frugal (she finds great deals wherever she goes), very fluent in Spanish (she’s been speaking it since she was 16 years old), and so fun to hang around.

Kim & me on her home's terrace, drinking coffee

Kim & me on her home’s terrace, drinking coffee

Third, as I stood on the famous “hill of the Cross” –Cerra de la Cruz–where you can see the entire city of Antigua, Guatemala and the nearby Volcan de Agua (you can see all three volcanoes on a clear day), I realized how small and insignificant I am and how big our God is.

What a magnificent view. It’s beautiful. 

Cerra de la Cruz

Cerra de la Cruz

As I shared in my last post, when I traveled to Guatemala, I didn’t know what God’s exact mission was for me there. But I knew that He’d show me when I got there and He did. 

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