Oops I’m more than a week late in posting this blog. I’ve had an incredibly busy time at home with nothing to do but relax and spend time with family. Really it hasn’t been doing nothing, I’ve been going to museums with mom and out to eat with the grandparents and even a day of watersports at the lake with friends from church. I need to get me a jetski.
Anyways, the last couple days that I didn’t write about from Guate. On Thursday we took a trip to Tikal. Take a trip to Google if you don’t know what it is (hint hint Mayan ruins in Peten). My verb tenses in this blog will be even more wrong than usual cause half of it was written while we were still there. I finally took some pictures so maybe they’re worth a couple of words but certainly not a thousand.
There’s plenty of tour guides waiting for you when you get there, but we had a special tour from Dave, one of the missionaries there. He’s the one who has been driving us back and forth, and he’s just a really nice guy. There’s some people who are just extra special. Maybe just because he opens my car door for me and turns on the extra light outside so I don’t have to step on the frogs. Anyways, he and his wife Janice are precious and they’ve taken very good care of us while we’ve been here.
Dave has been to Tikal more than a hundred times and he says he never gets tired of it, and I can see why. The cool part of the ruins is not seeing what’s left, but imagining what was there. Picturing the temples as they originally were without crumbles and painted red, peering down from the porch where a ruler might have lived, or imagining the Grand Plaza full of hustle and bustle. My favorite was climbing Temple IV, the tallest one, taking you to the top of the Mayan world. You can see for a long ways up there.
Friday was our last day at the hospital. We looked over a couple more things like the lab and a second run through the exam rooms, and Rick worked magic on his notes before we met with the doctors to talk about their needs. I tried to do a bit of reflecting. I guess if I’ve gathered anything it’s that the world needs a lot of help so come quickly, Lord Jesus. A few people that I’ve met have passed on a saying that they told others interested in the mission field. If you can picture yourself doing anything else at all, do it, cause you won’t last. Valuable advice but a little different than what I’d heard before. I guess until our Lord Jesus does come back, I can’t picture myself doing anything besides helping those who are hurting. But even with as many ministries as I’ve seen, I still haven’t figured out exactly where I fit into the picture. I guess I still have another year before He really needs to tell me what’s next, but I sure would like to know.
I have met a lot of special people on this trip. Dennis McCutcheon could make me cry at the drop of a hat. He’s working to provide for countless healthcare needs here in Guatemala as well as reach out to people in places that most of us are afraid to go. His wife Cindy is a treasure too. Even Joe Leier is a treasure. I haven’t met anyone else that can think up the things he does, and he’s definitely working in a place that need him. He put the creativity and problem solving back into technical work that I had missed while working in the States. I think if anybody worked with him for a few days they’d say wow that’s so cool I wanna do that. But if anybody worked with him for a few weeks they’d probably die. Rick and his wife Jennie have been a huge blessing to get to know. And all the families I stayed with and people that I worked with were just great. I keep imagining that I’ll see them all together soon but that for sure won’t happen for a long time.
There’ve been a few fresh faces, but there’s also a lot of people working here (especially on the field) that are closer to the end of their careers than the beginning. I hate to keep sounding like I am calling people old but it’s just a fact of life. It definitely makes me want to be one of the people that will step up and continue the work that God is doing in other countries.
Also I finally saw a snake at the hospital right when I was walking out with my suitcase. Good timing. It was lovely to return home to my bed which felt more comfortable than I have ever imagined, but it’s always hard to come back to America after being burdened with the extreme needs that exist in the rest of the world. God quickly reminded me that there are lost people in America just the same as other countries and that having a heart for the world shouldn’t come before having a heart for your home.
Anyways, this whole internship experience has helped me to grow. It’s been challenging in different ways than I thought it would be. It’s been hard to move around so much, not really knowing what to expect, where I’ll be sleeping, or what my job will be. It’s been difficult to be the only intern and in a lot of ways on my own throughout this experience. Not that there weren’t plenty of people around me to support me, but there was no one going through a similar experience like last summer or college or basically my whole life. And it’s hard for an introverted person to spend eight weeks constantly meeting new people and asking them questions. But in all the things that were hard, I grew, and I learned from them. And I got to visit lots of new places and see new people and be reminded that God is bigger than me and my bubble and He is working everywhere and doing very exciting things!
We went to pick up my sister Emmy this weekend from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee! She was doing a summer program with the Navigators where they work at Dollywood and do Bible studies and evangelism and in general have a lot of fun. We got to go to Dollywood and there was an amazing bubble show and a tornado. But anyways it is so nice to have the whole family back together eating leftovers and watching Bear Grylls try to kill Zac Efron on tv. This is probably the end of the blog for a while, my last year at Vanderbilt promises to be a little too busy for blogging and a little too normal to warrant all of you reading about it. Actually it’s not normal at all and I am SO EXCITED to get back there with all the friends. Also it seems like each blog I write gets more and more sentimental and we need to nip that in the bud. Who knows what will be up next after graduation, but I’ll just keep living each day for the Lord till we find out the rest of the plan! Ta ta for now!