The night before they warned us that it would be smelly and that there would probably be lots of fleas, lice, and other bugs. When we arrived, I didn't feel that the smell was as overwhelming as it could have been and there were a lot of flies, but it wasn't all that bad (for us). Still impossible to imagine a life so desperate that you move to a dump. David, Zita, and Andrea (all Guatemalan) led the lesson time for the kids and then shared a snack with them.
|Zita & David leading the song time|
The gentleman in the background was our photographer for the week,
so you'll notice that most of the photos I post are actually his.
During the children's program all the mothers and grandmothers were sitting around the edges of the pavilion to watch and take a break. I was able to paint some of their fingernails (a few of them told me their church wouldn't allow them to have painted nails) and I was able to help them do some crafts. The morning went by quickly as we helped them choose strips of fabric, braid them and then turn them into headbands. Once the children's program was over many of them also wanted to make something; we had plenty of fabric so we were happy to "share the wealth".
No trip to Guatemala is complete without a visit to Pollo Campero, so we headed there for lunch. It's a Guatemalan-founded fast food chicken chain - better than KFC. They even have excellent vanilla ice cream, but I'll admit it was a bit challenging to go "out to eat" after ministering to people who live in a dump, literally. We arrived back at El Faro (by sea again, which was much more enjoyable today since there was plenty of sunshine). Some of our group headed out distribute water filtration buckets or to do some home repair, but a few ladies and I headed down the path to ministry they hold on site several days a week. They have a sewing & jewelry making co-op, where the women create headbands, handbags, backpacks, necklaces, and earrings, which they sell for extra income. They were kind enough to let us try our hand at making some paper beads. These women have had plenty of practice and were far better, and quicker, at making beads than we were - but it was neat to see. They have a great eye for colors and patterns, so their jewelry is beautiful.