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My trip to Antigua, Guatemala (“the place of many trees”)

Me by Santa Catalina arch, Antigua, Guatemala

Me by Santa Catalina arch, Antigua, Guatemala

My big dream is to travel all around the world to many nations. But Antigua, Guatemala was never on my radar, and yet I just returned from traveling there! It is what I call a “God thing.”

My friends Ron and Rhonda Hedrick, who are missionaries in Guatemala, had both invited me there to visit and to speak to women, but I sensed it was not  the right time yet. They are doing a great work for God there, feeding hundreds of hungry people.

Kim Rogers, Heart for Guatemala

Kim Rogers
Founder, Heart for Guatemala

Then last year, I became Facebook friends with Kim Rogers, who heads the not-for-profit organization, Heart for Guatemala.

She inspired me with her posts and her beautiful pics of Antigua, Guatemala. I felt God stirring my heart to go there and began to pray.

First view of Guatemala from my plane

First view of Guatemala from my plane

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 13:1, “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.”

I am not the type of person who needs 100 confirmations to make sure what I heard is really God! Jesus says His sheep hear His voice, and I am His lamb (a Christian believer). But since Guatemala is dangerous, I felt that I needed God to confirm that I had heard accurately and this was HIS idea, not just my own bright one. 🙂

As my sister Maria pointed out when I told her about the trip and one of my daughters had expressed concerns about me traveling there alone, I have been to other dangerous nations, including Haiti, the Bahamas, and Kenya, Africa!

View of volcano in the clouds from my plane

View of volcano in the clouds from my plane

After getting to know Kim a little more on Facebook, she invited me to Antigua to visit her – and she even offered for me to stay in her home! When I shared with my friend Ron that I was thinking about going there, he too invited me there (again), offering for me to stay in his and Rhonda’s house for a week.

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I just got back from Antigua, Guatemala. Videos of my trip.

View from my plane Volcano in the clouds Guatemala

View from my plane
Volcano in the clouds
Guatemala

Here I am, Lord, send me

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” ~ Isaiah 6:8

How are you this beautiful day? I hope you and your family are safe and well.

I just got back from a trip last week to Antigua, Guatemala. The only people who knew that I was going were my immediate family members and my small group of intercessors, who were praying for me and my family before I went, while I was there, and now that I’ve returned after over a week there.

It was an incredible trip and I’m so thankful to God for sending me there and providing for me to go (through my husband Ray and a few generous friends!).

Guatemala is so beautiful with its gorgeous, unique flowers, the volcanoes and mountains, evergreen trees year-round ~ and heart-breaking with the children and the adults who beg in Parque Central (Center Park in Antigua), starving dogs and cats in the street, poverty, lack of education, corruption, and more. But it is an intriguing, fascinating place and I hope to return again soon!

I created some short videos on YouTube and Facebook to share a little about my time there. I’m also planning to blog at my website with pictures to share with you.

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Are you using your spiritual gifts for Jesus’ glory? Hawaiian party and Zoom event

Pineapple centerpiece

Pineapple centerpiece

Yesterday I visited my beautiful, precious daughter Heather and our grandkids Annabelle and Violet, and Heather’s fiance’s children Kayden and Eian. I bought Hawaiian-themed decorations and pepperoni pizza, chocolate cupcakes, and gifts for a “Back to school” little party. I was so happy to see and hug them. It was fun. They enjoyed it and they all thanked me.

Hawaiian-themed decorations

Hawaiian-themed decorations

Work that crown napkins

Work that crown napkins

chocolate cupcakes

chocolate cupcakes

HyVee grocery store only had “Happy Birthday” cupcakes, with the Frozen movie theme, but they were chocolate, so I bought them. They were delicious and the kids loved them!

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