Kyla's Adventures in Ontario & Guatemala!
As a team, we have been going through a discipleship program designed to break bondages in people's lives and enable them to walk in freedom. It has been absolutely incredible to see people renounce sin and rebuke lies they have believed about themselves and choose to accept God's forgiveness. There were students who started the program unsure about whether or not they trusted God, students who felt so far from God that they couldn't even pray, and students who were held captive by fear and anxiety. But Jesus is amazing! We have seen such incredible growth and healing happen in the students' lives. The transformation that people have gone through continues to blow my mind.
In Guatemala we will be helping at Global Shore's school, assisting with a building project, and doing street evangelism in Antigua. We will be living with host families and taking daily Spanish lessons. We will also be connecting with local churches in the area and running 7 VBS programs.
On a personal level, I have learned so much over the past two months. Being one of the leaders on the team has stretched me in so many ways. I feel like I've been learning a lot about intercession and the Father's heart. John 1:18 has been resonating with me: "No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father's heart. He has revealed God to us." This makes me want to know Jesus better so that I know His heart for the people around me! I am excited to see how God works in our team in Guatemala and what He teaches me through our experiences there.
Highlights from the past two months
Look at that beautiful Sandy Shore Farm asparagus! We ate asparagus for lunch and dinner every single day. I am now in expert in all things asparagus related.
Last day of work!
Jesse and I trying out a different job on the last day of work: slotting!
My job was to weigh the bunches of asparagus for Costco orders (with a sense of urgency!).
Ice cream for everyone!
Getting off work early called for a trip to Port Rowan for ice cream!
We spent a morning canoeing and bonding as a team. I felt super Canadian and didn't even tip the canoe once.
Sunsets on Lake Erie
We live across from an incredible beach with amazing sunsets on Lake Erie.
Every Friday at lunch time we hosted a potluck for the people we worked with in the barn. It was a great way to build friendships and learn more about Mexican Mennonite culture.
Asleep on the kitchen floor...
This is what happens after you work over 70 hours in one week.
My mom visited!
My mom (and Grace!) came and visited while she was in Ontario. It was so great to see her, talk, and make Thai food together. She also spent an evening with our team teaching on evangelism.
- Physical health and safety for our team
- Openness to the Holy Spirit and to seeing God move in new ways in Guatemala
- Wisdom and discernment for Christoph and I as we lead the team
- That we would continue to grow closer as a team and serve one another in love
- Strong relationships with our host families
- Patience and focus as we study Spanish
If you have instagram, you can see more photos by searching #asparaguaté.