Sunday, May 24, 2009

Krystal Holst

Meet Krystal Holst. She came to Centennial Camp last summer with her church group and contacted us about being an intern this summer. She is from Wisconsin and attends Grace College in Indiana. Last week we stayed in Panajachel because she was working at a school, attached to one of our churches, in San Andreas. They had her teaching English to middle school aged kids each afternoon. Krystal was very creative and played games with them to increase their vocabulary, such as Pictionary in the photo below.
Here, she is working with a group of young ladies putting a puzzle together by matching English words with their Spanish counterparts. As I said, she is very creative! She was such a success that the school (and the kids) wanted her to come back next week. So next week she will teach elementary school kids (English again) in the mornings at a public school in Argueta, then afternoon classes with the San Andreas school. Oh, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays, she is working with kids at a nearby church. Such is the busy life of the intern!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

My Day

Sorry that I haven't "spoken" in awhile. Some people have asked what a typical day is like for us. I thought I would give a glimpse...

After returning from Panajachel at 7:00PM last night, Krystal (our intern) and I waited for Johnny to get back from the capital. He arrived about 11:00PM, exhausted, so it was bed for all of us. This morning I was up at 7:00AM, fixed breakfast and put in a load of laundry. Johnny headed up the mountain looking like a Guatemalan with his azadon (hoe), machete, botas (rubber boots) and mochila (backpack) carrying his lunch. He is working up on the mountain with a group of brothers from a village across the lake. Then, I washed the breakfast dishes, got a shower, entertained a family that came by to visit and sold a tarea of wood (about a cord, more or less). But since it was a truck load of women and a young boy, I also loaded the wood onto the pickup. And all of this is before 11:00AM! Now I need another shower, do some more laundry and sweep and clean the house before taking Krystal to her teaching duties at a nearby church this afternoon. While she is teaching, I will meet with a young lady that is working on her English for a couple of hours. Then home, fix supper and clean up before bed. Then it starts all over again tomorrow!

You come down and I will find work for you!