Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Final Trip Reflections

Note:  The following is some additional trip reflections from another of our travelers, Louis Potts. 

Guatemala has one of the highest birth rates and lowest literacy rates in the Western Hemisphere. It is therefore profoundly revolutionary that the young community of San Gregorio has come together behind an effort to build a primary school. For centuries the Mayans have endured hardship and now seek liberation.  During our visit we talked with Andres Chajil. As a youth he and his family served as peonage labor on a nearby plantation and suffered severe social discrimination. He escaped this horrific situation, gained an education and is now an engineer in charge of crucial water projects in the region. A water tank he built serves San Gregorio and sits adjacent to the school site. He emphasized the need for universal service exemplified by our church’s “across the sea”missions. Our projects have empowered these people in manifold cooperative ways. Wives now share in family decisions, families each have contributed one square meter of rocks to the school foundation, children from three different hamlets exclaimed that we were laying the foundation to THEIR school, the regional government has pledged they will contribute teachers. One of the very appropriate devotional readings our team discussed was: “If you plan for a year, plant a seed. If for ten years, plant a tree. If for a hundred years, teach a child....When you teach a child, you reap a hundred harvests.” 

-Louis Potts

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