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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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The older Antigua, Guatemala cathedral, Iglesia El Carmen, and San Juan de Dios Convent

The old Antigua, Guatemala cathedral

The old Antigua, Guatemala cathedral

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 #4, The older Antigua, Guatemala cathedral, Iglesia El Carmen, and San Juan de Dios Convent. You can read my other blogs about Guatemala at the links below:

Blog 1: My trip to Antigua, Guatemala http://www.bethjones.net/my-trip-to-antigua-guatemala/

Blog 2: Travel requirements, the Guatemala grocery stores, and the street markets http://www.bethjones.net/travel-requirements-travel-requirements-grocery-stores-street-markets/

Blog 3: Antigua’s beautiful ancient cathedrals http://www.bethjones.net/antigua-beautiful-cathedrals/

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As I shared about in my first blog about traveling to Guatemala, nothing went according to MY plans when I traveled to Guatemala! But that turned out to be a very good thing. God was truly ordering my every step. My new friends there, Kim Rogers and Stan Edwards, invited me to stay in Guatemala longer when it was nearing the end of my week there.

Stan and Kim with lemonade

Kim said a week wasn’t nearly long enough to visit Guatemala, and she could show me around more. She had already given me a walking tour in Antigua, which really helped me with finding Parque Central, cute coffee shops, restaurants, the street markets, the grocery stores, and more. 

my beautiful Air BnB in Antigua, Guatemala

my beautiful Air BnB in Antigua, Guatemala

I told them that I couldn’t because I was running out of money and my booking at the beautiful Air BnB where I was staying in Antigua ended on Sunday morning. They graciously invited me to stay at their house (free) a couple of days. Stan said I wouldn’t need any more money, because they would feed me–he would cook for me and Kim (he’s a great chef and they were amazing hosts). I prayed about it and said yes. What a blessing this was! I will share more pictures of their beautiful condo home later.

Kim's and Stan's beautiful home

Stan’s and Kim’s beautiful home

One of the sites to see on my list traveling there was the older, Antigua, Guatemala cathedral. I had not been able to see it when my Spanish teacher Elvia and our driver Allan took us around Antigua to see the cathedrals (there are many!) and the ruins on the 2nd day of my stay that week. But when I went to Kim’s and Stan’s beautiful condo home, Kim took Stan and me on a short tour, including the older, Antigua, Guatemala cathedral–I was so happy!

If I had not stayed a couple days longer, I would have missed out on seeing this and the surprise God gave me here.

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