Stories - Guatemala #1


Guatemala #1

Susan Sheffield and Tracy Baird | Jun 20, 2016

"Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit…" Zechariah 4:6b

Starting at 6:30 am on Saturday, our team loaded cars and caravanned to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with almost 60 bags in tow. Our abundance of luggage contained donated supplies for Medical Missions Ministries (MMM) and Mana de Vida (a sponsored school) due to our generous supporters. As life would have it, our ministry started earlier than expected when a medical emergency occurred on board our plane. Dr. Shay Sabom launched into action as he became the primary responder to a teenaged girl suffering a seizure. Shay and a pediatrician who translated Spanish to English monitored her until we all landed safely. It's amazing how God works!


As invited guests to Mana de Vida's Quincenera celebration (special 15th birthday for Latin girls), we quickly changed in the airport bathroom prior to being processed at Immigration and Customs. Once expedited, we were greeted by Dietrich from MMM who escorted us to our bus for a 90-minute ride to Mana de Vida for the celebration. Though solely a Spanish language event, it was a moving coming-of-age ceremony with blessings, gifts, and inspiring lesson from the Biblical story of Esther. It seemed that the girls were being taught they had high value as daughters of God. We felt honored to be a part of this moving rite of passage.


After a long bus ride to our home base at MMM, we finally settled in our rooms, took showers, and then collapsed in bed - grateful to be safe and looking forward to the week to come.