My understanding of the world dramatically changed my first time in Guatemala.
I became a missionary for the first time when I was 29 years old. I had been a successful writer and editor, completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees, and, yet, something in my life was missing. I had no idea what Jesus had in store for me, and it has been nothing but spectacular.
LATEST STORIES FROM MY LIFE ON MISSION
Set out to wonder how people are doing
When I first arrived in Guatemala in 2017, the level of poverty convicted me in a way nothing else ever had. My first home visit will forever provide the framework for how I understand poverty in the developing world—no running water, limited electricity, dirt floors, holes in the ceiling and extremely limited access to food.
What Father Rother’s ministry can teach us about serving people across the border
Father Rother arrived in Santiago in 1968 to serve and advocate for the poor people of the lake. He worked tirelessly to make sure the Tz’utujil people had food, shelter, medical care and a place to pray. He even translated the entire New Testament into the native language.
A second funeral, reintegration into life in America and my final day in Antigua
Three parents from Escuela Integrada died in the last 12 months. That’s reality in Guatemala — lack of access to health care, lack of sufficient doctors, lack of medicine, lack of time or transportation to go see a physician, and, as a result, high mortality rates in infancy and adulthood for families in poverty.