Thursday, January 21, 2010

Family Missionaries


Today I am thinking of my sister, Christina (16), and my Dad who are traveling to Antigua, Guatemala. They are going to volunteer on different projects for Common Hope. I'm praying for safe travels and a fruitful trip for them and all the people in their group. I wish I had a picture of one of my trips to Guatemala to share, but that was before digital cameras were popular. My Dad has gone on a mission trip almost every year for the past 15 years (give or take one). All of my siblings have taken turns going with him and last year, my Mom went alone. I even took a Spanish immersion class there with my brother, Tom and one of my friends. Antigua, Guatemala is not only one of the most beautiful places I've been, it is also one of joy even among the poorest people. It is impossible to visit such a place and not come back with a better perspective on life. The people of Guatemala have a tremendous amount of gratitude to God and a great faith that God will provide for all their needs. God Bless your travels, Dad and Christina!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Sarah for the prayers, I will be thinking of you and your family down there!
Love, Christina

MUJERLATINA said...

Blessings to your dad and sister as they travel to Guatemala: "El corazón del mundo Maya." My daughters and I have a special fondness for this wonderful country -- where we have been blessed to visit many times. I think it is wonderful that the Catholic Church is again evangelizing this area of Latin America. Are you aware that Pope JPII visted Antigua Guatemala in July 2002 to canonize Guatemala's first Saint?! St. Betancourt...
We will say a special prayer for the mission of your dad and sister as they travel into the heart of my home.

Sarah Harkins said...

Yes, I did know JPII visited there- he came a month after my brother and I were there for Spanish classes. The whole town was alive in the excitement of such a monumental event. Thank you for your prayers!