ShareHim Guatemala Update:
Daily Routines have been Established
Now that we have been here nearly a week, the days have a regular routine. When we hear the newspaper ladies go by hawking their papers, we know it's about 8 am and time to head down for breakfast. Except for the day we were served pancakes (who wants to travel all the way to Guatemala only to eat pancakes?) the meals have been outstanding.
At 9 am every morning except Sabbath, we meet as a group for worship and to discuss how things went at the previous night's presentation. We also share ideas about how to present the evening's message. For the first five days of our stay Jeremiah Weeks, the associate director of ShareHim, met with us and shared ideas.
After the morning meeting most of the rest of the day is spent preparing for that evening's presentation. We have not been pleased with the sermons ShareHim provides. All of us spend a great deal of time re-organizing them, shortening them, and making them relevant for our audience. In addition to preparing the sermons, the students also have daily reports they must prepare and e-mail to Dr. Boyd. Because of the Internet, I cannot fully escape my CUC work, either.
Although most of the meetings don't start until 7:30 pm, students are picked up as early as 6 pm and driven, usually by an elder of the church, to their meeting site. While most of the time students ride in cars or trucks, one evening Enock travelled to his site in a tuk-tuk!
Our routine was broken on Wednesday when we got up at 3 am so we could watch the sun rise over the Mayan ruins at Tikal National Park, about an hour drive from Flores. We also knew it would be far more pleasant touring this UNESCO World Heritage Site during the cool of the morning. I will share more of this experience in my next post. Here is just a quick preview. It's not often a member of CUC's Acronaires gets to do part of her routine on the top of an ancient Mayan temple!