Christina and Morgan attended Walk2gether’s launch in Guatemala on Dec. 29, 2009. Here is an excerpt from Christina’s reflection, written shortly after returning to the U.S.
“I wanted to sponsor a girl in Guatemala around the same age as Morgan (my youngest daughter) so that Morgan could be a part of this relationship.
Morgan and Candelaria meet in Guatemala.
I was hoping that she would develop a relationship through the mail, write letters and one day meet this sponsored child, and it would be an automatic bond.
That’s exactly how it happened. Our sponsored child, Candelaria, is a year and a half younger than Morgan.
We sponsored her when she was 5 years old. (She is now 10.)
Every time I wrote to Candelaria, Morgan wrote or colored a picture for her. Often when I came home from work, she had written a letter or colored a picture and informed me I needed to do the same so we could get them in the mail.
We had been planning a mission awareness trip through CFCA for a couple of years. We could hardly wait to meet Candelaria and her family.
We arrived on a Friday and saw her for the first time on Monday. It was a beautiful reunion. She and Morgan hugged, but were shy toward each other at first.
It was only a matter of minutes before they were holding hands.
Candelaria is the oldest of four children. Her mother and baby brother came with her. They had to travel about an hour to see us.
Rosa, Morgan and Anna Maria.
Native Mayan language and Spanish are the languages of Guatemala. We had an interpreter, but sometimes words were not needed (and I did pretty well with my Spanish).
Many Guatemalan people are descendants from the Mayans. Here’s a picture of Morgan with Rosa (14 years) and Anna Maria (10 years), two of the sisters from a home he visited. Morgan was 10 in this picture.
Look at the difference in their sizes. Everywhere we went when the local children learned how old Morgan was, especially the girls, they stared and called her a giant.
Last, but definitely not least, Bob Hentzen was on the mission awareness trip with us. He was there to begin his walk from Guatemala for Chile.
This is one reason we chose this week ñ to be part of this history-making moment.
The walk began on Dec. 29, 2009, and I was there taking pictures along with everyone else on this 8,000-mile journey through 12 countries.
Everyone on the trip was invited to join the walk.
I wanted to leave at 4 a.m. with all the rest, but Morgan was not up for that and I could not leave her.