Today's start was earlier than usual, not as a result of the rooster everyone has written about, but an upset stomach woke me at 4:30am. After rolling to a more comfortable position, I was able to fall back asleep and wake up with the others at 6:15. Unfortunately, my upset stomach woke up with me too. Long story short, and with less details to spare you, I ended up having to see the doctor and have lab tests done. Diagnosis: bacterial infection in the stomach. Needless to say I was feeling bad in more ways than one. I was frustrated, upset, and embarrassed. Our missionary had to drive me to the lab, the doctor, and the pharmacy. Thankfully I had my prayer partner, Brooke, with me to provide support and comfort. After a morning of driving all over to get medicine and do some shopping for team projects, we went back to the mission center to join the rest of the team who had been hard at work. We ate lunch shortly after returning and then went to visit a family. That's where I met Melanie. Melanie is a 10 year old girl who lives in a very small home with her mother and sister. She is a beautiful, smiling girl who has multiple disabilities and is bed ridden. If Melanie lived in the USA, she would receive many more supports than she does here. However, Melanie and her family do not let his disability keep them from experiencing joy. One thing that I have learned this week is that the people of Guatemala, who many have do little material, give so much love! They have been so welcoming and served us in such great ways! Melanie provided that for me today! Melanie can't talk, but her smile spoke volumes. I had been feeling so down about getting sick, but Melanie reminded me of how blessed I am, in so many ways! My prayer for the remainder of this trip is that God continues to show up in sweet ways like this! We have developed such amazing relationships with the people of Guatemala. Our team has grown together and I am so proud of how much love our youth are showing and sharing! Although we are about to enter the second half of our week, I know God has a ton in store!
-- Emily Moyer