Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Today was a huge day for our team! It seemed like two days all in one! We started at 6:15 with our regular morning devotions in which we talked about the passage Matthew 7:21-23 and Philippians 3:10. We talked about how we as Christians should not just talk the talk but walk the walk and that can be hard to do. We also talked about how much we want to know who Christ is and that takes effort. We have to read the Word and seek the Lord. All in all it was a great start to our day even though it was so early.

After our morning devotions we headed to the Cordero's, our contacts, and had another wonderful breakfast with eggs, beans, rolls, and oatmeal. After breakfast, our group split up and went to two different schools. Erica, Wes, Chris, and Joni all went to the "elementary" school where Chris and Joni gave their testimonies. I say elementary, because it was supposed to be elementary but there was a range from 5 to 16 year olds in the school. Laura, David, Addie, Brittany (GI contact), Faith, Dr. Best, Cortnea, Jason, and myself all went to the medical university. While at the university, we did our sin skit, our new image of God skit that Brittany taught us, and Laura, David, Addie, and myself all gave our testimonies, one testimony in every classroom that we visited. After the fourth classroom, there was an hour break before the next classes started so we all hung out in the in the little courtyard they had, getting hydrated and snacking! During that break, everyone who went to the elementary school came back to join us and we had our full team again. We visited two more classrooms and Joni and Wes gave their testimonies. We reached a ton of people just within that university! It was such a great feeling!

Our next item on the agenda was stopping by the supermarket to get food for lunch. Jane, our contact, asked if anyone wanted to go in with her because it had AIR CONDITIONING!! All the girls went and it felt wonderful. I could have stayed in their all day!! We then headed back to the Cordero's house for lunch where we had ham sandwiches and chips. We were all exhausted after we ate that about three-fourths of our team took about an hour and half nap at the house. We were definitely well rested and ready for our next school.

Next, we went to our last school for the day where we put on a similar program for the students like we did the past couple of days. We sang songs, did our skits, showed off our talents, Erica gave her testimony, and Dr. Best gave a message. It was cool to see how the Lord worked through them. If don't know, Dr. Best is Erica's grandpa and the stories that they told correlated. It was awesome to see and experience!

After we finished our program, we headed to the church where we began sorting and bagging the food we are going to take to the mountain villages on Thursday and Friday! The youth group was also there helping us. At our debriefing, the general consensus was that everyone did their part. Individuals worked on their own task knowing and working toward the big goal in the end. It was such a great feeling when we got it all done and to reward ourselves, we had potato sack races. It was so much fun and the best part was that I won one of them. Okay, not really, but it was a great way to end the day with all of our hard work.

We then headed to the Cordero's house one last time for dinner where we had a roast type of meat with potatoes, rice, and salad. It was awesome! After we finished eating we all hung out together. We had a great day and there is no better way to end the day than to fellowship with one another. We reached a lot of lives today and the best part was that it was all for God's glory!

Thanks for reading,
April Burns

P.S. Mom and Dad I love you and miss you so much! I cant wait to see you in a week and tell you all the stories that I have. Have a wonderful day!


  1. Thanks for all the updates and sharing about your mission. Press on Team Guatemala and run the race set before you. The Swiharts
    Hebrews 12:1-3
    Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

  2. Team Guatemala! We think of you always, anticipating the facebook message or a spot on the blog "like little kids" waiting for Christmas morning! It has been exciting to follow your adventures! Please let Cortnea know that we miss and love her very much! Oh, her garden is growing and dad is having to water while you are gone!