We rolled out of bed and ate a delicious breakfast of stove toast prepared by Chef Brian! Kate added cheese for a fantastic breakfast of toasted cheese. Joel again joined us around 9am for a time of brief devotions. We read from Jeremiah 17 and John 16, discussing trusting the Lord. If our roots are in Him, no matter what comes, we will have peace. Though the discussion was short, it was a good reminder to trust in the Lord so that even when trials and tribulations come, we will be strong.
Today as we loaded into the van, we brought with us money and bags to buy and carry our treasures. The drive was similiar to the ones we’ve experienced throughout the week. However, the trip to Antigua was longer and involved travelling up and down some steep roads. But it was highway the whole way, so we had very good roads, even though the motorcycles are scary weaving in and out of traffic. When we reached Antigua, we drove up a mountain and got out of the van to walk to a large cross overlooking a beautiful view of the city. There were volcanos in the background, and the city spread below. Joel told us a little of the history of Guatemala´s 3rd capital, which was mostly destroyed by two earthquakes in 1733 and 1773. It´s hard for Americans to comprehend a country on its 3rd capital city in the 1700s. After this stop, we drove back down the mountain and into the city to a market. There were so many beautiful things for sale! It was a little overwhelming for the Mabrys, but Jennifer discovered a great talent for bargaining. The rest of us were grateful that the section we went to were Joel´s Christian friends, who quoted us good prices and didn´t make us work too hard to get good buys. These things are all handmade locally and display the bright colors typical of Guatemala.
We had lunch at Monoloco, which means Crazy Monkey. We had nachos and quesadillas and ice cream until we thought we would pop. Then we walked off a few calories heading over to one of the cathedrals that was ruined in the 1773 earthquake. While the domes were gone, the huge brick archways remained, and we got to see a float used in a Holy Week parade. While some of the cathedrals were rebuilt, this one is used mostly like a museum, although there were some places used as prayer stations with candles to light. We walked the cobblestone streets back to our van and headed for home.
Back at the orphanage, we played with the children in the backyard for a while, then came in for debrief and prayer. Afterwards, we went back to the middle-aged children who had been bathed and were all sweet-smelling, and played with them, helped with dinner, and watched movies before putting children to bed. Unfortunately, we waited all we to discover the joy of watching tv with a dozen children while they cuddle up with you to sleep. Next time we will definitely take advantage of this joy every night!