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May 13, 2010


Breaking the Language Barrier

by carrollministry

I have never realized how much a smile could make such an impact on my life.  I noticed this today as we were attending mass in a village town up in the mountains. This village was an hour away from Santo Tomas and we traveled by standing in the back of a pick-up truck on a mountainous roads saying hola to everyone we would pass… so awesome! Being in Santo Tomas has been difficult to communicate due to my horrific Spanish speaking skills; however, it was nearly impossible in these mountain villages because they use their native language called Quiche, nothing like Spanish. As I was sitting in mass, listening, looking, and taking everything in, I realized a smile was unable to leave my face as I caught eyes with these beautiful people.  After mass, we took pictures of all the children who were just in awe of us crazy “gringos”, which they call white people in Guatemala. They would let us take the picture and then their faces would ignite with happiness when we would show them the pictures on our digital cameras. It was so amazing that even though there was a language barrier, we were able to still communicate and have a great afternoon with one another and impact each others lives.

Everyone I meet here is so friendly, patient, beautiful and just radiates with God’s love.  My life has been touched by these people so immensely already that it’s hard to believe that we’ve only been in Guatemala for three days. I’m so excited to find out what God has in store for us for the days ahead!!

God Bless,

Rebecca Loberg

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  1. Kim and Tom Loberg
    May 13 2010

    Looks like there is no need to go to the tanning beds for a suntan!! All of you seem to be “glowing”, and I am quite sure it isn’t just from the sun rays. All of your correspondence has been filled with joy and love. We had talked to Pat about the mass he attended in Guatelmala the first time he was there, and it seems that you are feeling the same blessings that he experienced! Continue to enjoy every moment of your adventure!

    Love and peace,
    Kim and Tom Loberg

  2. Greg & Karen Grove
    May 14 2010

    Okay Bec….. if you are glowing…. that must mean that Heidi looks like a lobster!

    Keep sharing your experiences…. give our love and support to all…

    “shine” on….. or maybe…. “glow” on !! 🙂

  3. Kevin Semmens
    May 16 2010

    I’m glad you’re having a good time and the trip is having a positive influence on both you and the the people there. I am so excited for my trip down there next week, hopefully it doesn’t rain the entire time. I hope you are not one of the students feeling sick and that things continue really well for you.
    God bless, Kevin Semmens

  4. Alex McDonald
    May 17 2010

    Hey Beautiful! I’m so glad you are having a wonderful time. I admire you for all you are doing down there! Love you!


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