This morning’s sunrise is a perfect way to cap off an amazing 24 hours.

We bypassed the worksite yesterday and headed up the mountain to the community of Choquec where preparations were already well underway for a special ribbon cutting. School leadership, community dignitaries, the local pastor and families all turned out for a day of speeches, presentations, entertainment and fun…culminating with the ribbon cutting on Mission Guatemala’s new lunch program. Starting yesterday, the children at the local school will have a hearty, healthy lunch, provided thru Mission Guatemala and prepared by the local mothers.

The children treated us to a presentation of colors as they brought in the Guatemalan flag, sang the national anthem and recited the pledge. The pastor gave a blessing and then the children took the stage for songs and dancing.

After, the courtyard queued for lunch, moving into the kitchen where our cooks sat and served from enormous pans on the floor. We fueled up and rounded up the kids for games, dancing and -of course – futbol, before saying adios and making our way to the worksite.

Back in San Andres, the bucket brigade was back in action, pouring concrete while basking in the memory of the morning’s festivities. It was another beautiful day, thanks to the beautiful people of Guatemala.

As our week too quickly comes to a close, we spent the evening sharing our experiences -why we came, what we learned, and what we hope to take home with us. A strengthening faith, a closer walk  with God, the commitment to continue our relationship with the people we have served through not only our prayers, but through our actions.

Each day dawns, laying opportunity at our feet. May the sacrifice of Jesus made for each of us inspire response: to give and forgive, to accept and embrace, to live wholly, completely and authentically.

We. Are. Blessed.  Beyond words.