Mission awareness trip to Guatemala
April 18-25, 2009
A CFCA lifestyle brings freedom
Before meeting up with the sponsors coming to Guatemala, we drove to the headquarters of the northeastern region, El Rancho. On April 18, when it came time for supper, 15 members of the staff from this region showed up with a big birthday cake for me.
For the sponsors and for each of us, it is an inspiring and emotional experience to spend time with our sponsored families in Guatemala City.
The next morning, we had the quiet but powerful testimony of Maria Cristina. She comes from a very modest familyóand, like many, was abandoned by the father. Maria has been sponsored for 16 years. She is now doing her residency and rural service as the final step for graduation from medical school. She spoke confidently about how the love and emotional support of her sponsors has been an important part of her success.
Seems as though each time we come to this project in Guatemala City, we inaugurate a new livelihood program. This time it involves nine mothers (Ruth, Myra, Esmeralda, Carmen, Flor de Maria, Margarita, Olga, Maria and Magdalena). They have a catering service, specializing in soya products and pastries made from chocolate.
Fiesta, Mass in Patulul
In the town of Patulul, we come across Father John Goggin and about 400 of the sponsored children, their parents and scholars from Atitlan subproject B. They met us on the road and ìwalkedî into the stage area. Every gathering must have an initial prayer, words of welcome, the acts themselves and finally words of thanks. We are now headed up the mountain to San Lucas to prepare for Holy Mass at 5 p.m. Former sponsored seminarian Geovanny Perez will celebrate the Mass.