Day 5

Today was awesome. Don’t have the words to describe it.

We woke up early today at 5:30 and than we all got ready and later on in the morning we went and prayed that everything will go smooth today. Later on we took a long car ride back to our village where we built the houses. We went to the first house and prayed for about an hour and everyone in the first house said Yes! They had all accepted Jesus Christ into their heart. We went to all the houses that we built and prayed around them for about a hour. We also read bible verses and sang worship songs around the houses. In house four the younger kids were getting distracted. Everyone outside the house prayed for it to go smoothly. The people in house four did say yes and accepted Jesus Christ into their hearts. Overall, all the houses ended up accepting Jesus into their family and hearts! Later that day at about 3:30 we all got back and washed up and than had some free time. We played card games and went down to the orphanage during that time. Later on we sang some songs and also shared some God Sightings with everybody.




Day 4

After a late night of praising with the villagers (and fighting over who got to shower first,) waking up at 5:30 was pretty hard. Especially because our sleep schedules have been so easy this weekend! We had a quick hour to eat, get ready, and finish personal devotions before we were back in the vans and off to the village to get back to work on our houses.

Because the houses we were working on were at opposite ends of the village, it was Ron’s job to drive the half-mile to get his team to their work site. However, as he was turning the van around, he (politely) tried to slide to the edge of the road to make room for another oncoming van and ended up stuck in a ditch. Everyone in the van had to get out and carry all the tools down the side of the hill. After a couple minutes of trying to get the van back out, a bus that was headed in our direction offered a chain to get us back on track.

Once everyone had (finally) arrived to their respective work sites, it was time to put all of the finishing touches on our houses. First step was putting on a third layer of drywall and a painful amount of sanding. Second was to all come together and work on covering the outside of the houses with “stucco,” which is a sort of mud-like finish for the walls, intended to protect them from wearing down and to make the houses last longer. It was EXTREMELY messy, but I think everyone had fun getting their hands dirty together. After stucco, we took a break for lunch (a delicious home-cooked meal by the villagers of tostadas, avocado, tomato, chicken salad, rice, and LOTS of Pepsi!), and then we finally were able to get started on painting! Every team decorated their house differently, with rainbows and verses and such, and I think everyone’s turned out really really beautifully (even though my teams was clearly the best 😉 )

As of right now, everyone is relaxing on base after showers, dinner, and a heated game of capture the flag. I’m looking forward to our group devotions later tonight and (hopefully) a good night’s sleep! Updates to come on which house the families like the best..

– Caitlin VanBragt (with help from Ashley Zwyghuizen and Rachel Dieterman) (and kind of Ashlyn Ritsema even though all she really did was tell me my post was too long)



Day 3

Today we had been able to relax and wake up at 7-8, much like yesterday, and additionally to top the morning off we had enjoyed french toast for breakfast. We had also paralleled yesterday by going to another school to host a medical clinic for the nearby village, which was again a spectacular experience! Whilst people helped in the medical clinic -handing out medicine and such- others had been building connections with the people of Guatemala. We had connected by: painting nails and faces; necklace and bracelet making; continuous games, whether it be with a soccer ball, football, or volley ball; hopscotch and jumping roping; and simply being able to laugh together! Our team had especially been able to connect with the children the most.

The ending service included: our testimonials and singing; and the preachers message and prayers; had truly been heartfelt by the people, especially due to the deep and emotional testimonials. We had brought many people to Christ that night; more than half of the people who had attended the medical clinic. Not to mention the gifts that we had brought the people, all of which everyone had enjoyed and were very grateful for. Overall the medical clinics was a great experience of giving and getting closer to God.


Day 2

Good morning! Today we rode into a small village, it was a 2 hour drive on very bumpy roads. At the village we played with the Guatemalan kids, and served in a medical clinic. We brought lots of toys for the kids: jump ropes, coloring books, crayons, chalk, nail polish, and balls. Later that night everyone in the village, including us, watched a film on Jesus’ death and resurrection. We also sang songs, praised, and shared our testimonies with them! Then they had an opportunity to devote themselves to Jesus as their Lord and Savior! And the amount of people that confessed their love to Jesus was crazy! Then at the very end we passed out Bibles to the people in the village and drove back to the base.

Day 1

Good Evening Everyone,

We all had a great first working day here and are reunited with with Anna and Kerrie. Today we started our day @ 6:00 am and had breakfast and a time of devotions. Then we headed to where the villages which were located on the mountain next too us. The village had some chickens, dogs, rabbits, but we were told not to touch them. The journey was about an hour away but in actuality it was only a mile away. It was covered with many sad and beautiful sights. We we made good progress on the five houses today. We made the metal frame and mounted it in to a cement slab. The metal frame made up a 10 x 12 foot house. We were then able to drywall and put up cement wall on the outside of the house. We were also able to put up the awning off the front of the house and install a door on the front and a window off the back of the house. Some of us got quite white from the drywall mud and sanding. We are now back at base and were all greeted by Kerrie and Anna, after a long night of trying to find her passport PRAISE GOD it was found and they arrived safely in Chimaltenango today. Tonight some of us sorted through the supplies we brought down to give away, while others went downstairs to hangout with the kids in the orphanage. Tonight for dinner was Rice, Chicken, potatoes, Lynsey’s favorite, homemade corn tortilla shells, and some brownies. Up next will be devotions and bed time.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support for us this week and before this trip. We appreciate all of you. Please pray for our day tomorrow as we are going to the village tomorrow to work in the medical clinic. May we be the healing hands of Jesus tomorrow. Please pray for continued good health and for those that get car sick to feel better. Bless our trip, Bless the families that we are ministering to, and the staff at Paradise Bound Ministry (PBM).

Ephesians 1: 22-23
22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Blessings and Thank you!

– His Girl,
Ashley Haisma