Category: Culture Shock

Impromptu Mission Trip

Back in March, Missy and I were forced to move out of our house for about 5 days.  It was the result of a string of fires in Guatemala that hit us a bit closer to home than usual.  As we are in the tail end of the dry season here, there tends to be…


Furlough # 2

Missy and I learned a few things last year when we were on furlough.  As many of you recall, it was very fast paced and tiresome for us.  We remembered that there are many more summer hours in a day in the U.S. than there are in Guatemala because of our relative closeness to the…


Dia De Independencia

So, I had an interesting experience this past Saturday.  It certainly isn’t one I should keep to myself, especially given the difference between Guatemalan culture and that of the U.S.  I should start by explaining that the church invited us to do this celebration of theirs with them by saying, “we are going to climb…


Fear

As we start winding up the end of language school and start preparing for the future, I’ve noticed an odd emotion creeping up: fear.  We’ve been having more frequent meetings about next month and what is going to happen: moving into our new place, organizing projects for the team that is coming to work serve with…


What Do You Share When You Have Nothing To Share?

This is the question that has been rolling through my mind all week. Missy and I were talking about this the other day.  We noticed that lately people have been asking us, “what’s new?” and we’ve literally had nothing much new to report.  We are still learning Spanish.  We are still in Antigua living in…


Strange

“We are now living in another country!”  The thought kinda hit me upside the head yesterday.  Missy looked at me like I was crazy.  I mean, we have been here since January and have been planning this for over a year.  But really, we’re living here.  We aren’t just vacationing or visiting here for a…


Give me a break!!!

I don’t know about you but every time I hear this phrase I can’t help but think of the song from the Kit Kat candy bar commercials “give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar.”  Well if it wasn’t in your head before it is…