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May 14, 2010


Finding Similarities

by carrollministry

I don’t really know where to start with this note back home. This experience has truly been unreal. I have been trying to fully grasp this experience, but it is a slow process. This region is absolutely beautiful, but the pollution and the living situations is sometimes enough to turn your stomach. Up until yesterday, I have felt like I have only been brushing the surface of something that is much deeper. As others have written, last night we went to the village of Palacal. The first glimpse of the people and the church was absolutely breathtaking. Words really cannot describe how I felt, but I think that it was the first of many things that will help me to go deeper in this experience and this culture.

The people were welcoming and warm and we had done nothing for them. The older men of the village were the first to greet us. The came and hugged us and shook our hands. The children were too shy at first, but quickly warmed up enough to take pictures with us. I am still processing this experience. The image of two smiling little girls with infections in their eyes and mouth will stay with me for a long time.

During mass, both in Santo Thomas and in Palacal, I have been touched by the similarities with home. I cannot understand either Spanish or Quiche, so I find myself watching the people. In Santo Thomas a young boy and his mother sat in front of me. He was starring at us from under his mothers arm and she was struggling to get him to pay attention. This bears a striking resemblance to kids at home. In Palacal mothers were trying to pay attention while dealing with several small children. These simple similarities help me to realize that they are no different than we are. Even though we may have more we are equal and we all or children of God.

So hello to everyone at home, thank you for your support in this experience and thank you for your prayers!

Hasta Luego,


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  1. Peggy Mannix
    May 14 2010

    Hi Sweetie! It was so good to get your message! Everyone is asking about you and all the Carroll gang. What an amazing experience for all of you. It was in the 70’s today. I went to the district track meet to watch Jacob, Neil Bryan, Callie Jo, and many others and they all did well. Jacob qualified for Divisionals in the 400 and will be in the finals for the 200 tomorrow. Neil qualified for the finals in the 100 and 200. Bryan qualified in third place with the javelin. Shelby Johnson qualified in the pole vault. Deer Lodge and Drummond both had strong showings. Cole and Joe went to MIles CIty for the bucking horse sale. Jordan helping Dad with calving chores. Tomorrow we haul pairs to the Raymond ranch.Did you ask about Mo’s Aunt Mrs. Zuegal? Reading the blogs each day reminds me of how we need to remember how blessed we are, and that to those who much is given, much is expected. So we will try to do little things with Great Love. Be well, we miss you! Mom

  2. Laurie
    May 16 2010

    Erica, God Bless. We are so proud of you. The universal language of an open heart and mind are all you need. Prayers, Aunt L

  3. Greg & Karen Grove
    May 17 2010

    Isn’t it cool how people are people… it might be across state lines… it may be across country lines…. but God made us ALL people of good heart and faith. Seeing this little baby @ mass….. ohhhh how similar- ohhhh how rich is our faith…… and ohhhhh how great is our god!!!! Love you all! 🙂

  4. Alex McDonald
    May 17 2010

    Hey Love! You are doing something so wonderful down there! Keep up the great work! Love you!


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