Saturday, August 01, 2009

Guatemala, part 3 and Evan

Here are some more pics from Guatemala (will have one more round after this), some pics of Evan, and a couple of short videos. This and the following pictures are from the ruins at Gumarcaaj. This was basically the capitol of the Kingdom of Quiche (which was a major Mayan group) before and as the Spanish came. It was mostly destroyed by the Spanish as they came, hence the term 'ruins.' That was kind of a joke on our trip, these ruins are ruined. The site is still sacred to some of the locals and as one of the pictures indicate, they still offer sacrifices here. Gumarcaaj is on top of hill surrounded by ravines. One of the pics shows the view looking out. These pictures really don't do too much justice to the site as it was quite interesting, more interesting than the photos might indicate. Here's the picture of some guys offering sacrifices. They do these for a variety of reasons. Thank God that in Christ his sacrifice was the complete and final sacrifice for us. These ladies were making tortillas. This was something really neat to see. This was in a tortilleria, where they make tortillas. Sometimes, you could see the ladies clapping in rhythm and singing as they made them. By the way, no tortilla press here, as they make them by hand. This was a family from church that we worked with quite a bit. Please be praying for Aron, his mom Bilda and his sister. Aron and his mom accompanied us on visits and the services and Aron and his sister were at the youth training. They all desire to serve God and grow in their relationship with Him. This is Pastor David and his family. They were a pleasure to work with and get to know. They are a great family and are really advancing the Kingdom there in Santa Cruz. Please pray for this precious family as well. Pray as they continue the work there and continually pray for our church's partnership. This was El Campero, which is Guatemala's version of KFC. I actually had heard that they ran KFC out of Guatemala. It's basically kind of a fast food place w/ fried chicken but they have a lot of other stuff there as well. We had breakfast and supper there all week. It was good but we were a bit tired of it by the end. The church set us up w/ lunch and I think I showed a couple of pics of that. Here's some pics of Evan that I have taken today and yesterday. This was taken at the local soda fountain at the local drug store. We went in for the first time yesterday and it was quite interesting. I didn't even know it was there until recently. Everything is original in there and it's not just a tourist trap. Not too many tourists make it to the Southside of St. Joe. These next two show Evan getting his first haircut. His curls were just getting a little too long, so we decided to trim them up a bit. This was Evan's first ride on a merry-go-round. He didn't like riding the horse too much but he liked it all right when I held him. This is Evan's new trick. I'll lay my head down and say sleep time and he'll do it as well. The video I'm putting on here shows this a bit but not as much as this picture does. These are some videos that I took with my cell phone. They may not have as much quality as the other ones I was putting on here but I wanted to get some on here and finally figured out how to make videos w/ my cell and put them on here. I'm not sure which one is which, but he kind of does his lying down trick in one of them and he does a sign for 'more' in another one toward the end of it. That is when he points his finger at his palm. He is actually doing it wrong but that is his sign for 'more' and he was responding to us speaking in Spanish. You might also be able to hear him say mas or something that sounds like it and that means more. He says that some and pan, which means bread. He is learning a few words in English mostly, words like ball, book, mama, baba (which can mean baby and or puppy) and dada/papa.


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