This is truly a season of reflection. It used to be that one year simply flowed into the next, but in recent years I have found myself giving pause more intentionally, observing and taking-to-heart the things that God is accomplishing for His purpose and glory. In my family, my real estate business, and in my faith community, which includes IAP, the Lord continues to reveal Himself in amazing ways.
Last Thursday, I went to a coffee shop between work and basketball. I’ve been driving a lot here—a major contrast to my life in Guatemala this summer—and decided it would better serve my internal life to do some reading instead of racing home only to turn right around and leave again. I opened my book and settled in for a few minutes.
On Sunday, August 7, eleven of us went to a funeral in Parramos, a town near Antigua. Maria died at age 37 of an unknown illness and leaves behind four girls, three of whom are students at Escuela Integrada. The girls—Maria Fernanda, Evelyn, Norma and Anita are 11, 9, 8 and 4, respectively. This is not how I thought I would spend my last full day in Guatemala, but...
Sunday marked halfway. And I panicked. The first three weeks in Antigua were incredible — both incredibly hard and incredibly beautiful. I met people from all over the world, visited places of extreme poverty and wrote stories from what seemed to be an endless spring of ideas and inspiration.
The title of this email comes from a story I wrote about the eye-opening experience of visiting the home of two kids from Escuela Integrada (photo bottom left). An excerpt is below and the full story is on Medium.com. The experience smacked me in the face...
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