Guatemala 2010 – 2011

2010 was a special year. I had the amazing opportunity to team up with IMPACTO Spanish Ministries and LaOtto Wesleyan Church to travel to several villages surrounding Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

We had several focuses on the trip including:

  • Happy Feet – a shoe/sandal distribution ministry for the people in the remote mountain villages around Lake Atitlan.
  • Construction – 12′ x 14′ cinder block / tin roof home and/or other needed facility. These small cinder block homes accommodate anywhere from 4-8 people.
  • Children’s Ministry – street Bible school for children with games, crafts, Bible stories and music.
  • Hygiene Ministry – lessons on finger/toe nail care, how germs are spread via sneezing/coughing, etc.

What impacted me the most was my camera.

In the United States, we have access to all forms of photography whenever we want. We often forget to appreciate the true meaning of a photograph. The Guatemalan people opened our eyes to the significance of a family portrait. Because of that, we hope to make photographing families a larger portion of our trip, which means more time, more images and greater impact.

Along with our cameras we took Epsons PictureMate into several remote, underdeveloped villages. We were met with overwhelming enthusiasm as the images were printed and given as copies to take home. Most of the people we interacted with had never had their photo taken, let alone received a printed photograph. Word spread quickly through the village and people came from all over to have their portrait taken, and we were quickly swamped with requests to photograph families.

Being a battery operated printer, we were limited to what charge it would hold. Many times we were forced to shut down early due to an exhausted battery and disappoint those waiting anxiously for a picture. It was heartbreaking to see some Guatemalan people walk away empty handed while others were able to savor a captured family memory.

Our team will be returning to Guatemala late July in 2011. If you would like to make a monetary donation to help us purchase necessary materials (building materials for the homes we will construct, shoes, toothbrushes, toys, etc.) feel free to contact LaOtto Wesleyan Church, visit PACTup, or contact Chris to find more information on how you can help make a difference in countless lives in Guatemala!

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