We spent much of this day traveling to our destination.  Some left Stevens Point earlier on Friday and spent a night at a hotel near O’Hare. Some of the group left in the middle of the night and drove straight through to Chicago, and the remainder joined the group at the airport from other points. We arrived in plenty of time to have some coffee and get to know each other time while waiting for our flight to Atlanta.

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The  layover between flights was very short, and it led to a hectic dash through terminals to get to the gate for the flight to Guatemala City. Even with all that craziness, including a short train ride between the terminals, we  had time to talk and wait before we boarded our final flight.

Once in Guatemala City, we passed through Customs with only slight hitches. Again, we had plenty of time for chit chat while waiting for the powers that be to process all the paperwork.

There seems to be a theme here, hurry up and wait comes to mind, but I think the reality is a difference in culture that is already quite evident. We Americans (Norte Americanos) tend to hold time as quite the task master.  That isn’t necessarily so in other cultures. One of the newest additions to the group, Peter Iannelli, has had several experiences in other lands, and he offered some incite into a way to just take it as it comes. We Christians, of course, would say, it is a time to trust God and let Him lead. What a concept!

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We were able to spend some time in Antigua, which is quite a charming town. Time was again a taskmaster, however, and we raced through the quaint cobblestone streets trying to keep on our schedule. However, we have already had some wonderful “bonding” moments, including a long hike to find a restaurant that ended up being right around the corner from where we started (great food, by the way).

We spent much of this day traveling to our destination.  Some left Stevens Point earlier on Friday and spent a night at a hotel near O’Hare. Some of the group left in the middle of the night and drove straight through to Chicago, and the remainder joined the group at the airport from other points. We arrived in plenty of time to have some coffee and get to know each other time while waiting for our flight to Atlanta.

If we learn nothing else on this trip (those that know me, know I am all about learning), I think God will be teaching us about the importance of the people we are with, rather than the schedule we are trying to keep. That is a good lesson to learn.

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