Hello everyone! We have arrived to Sumpango safe and sound. Our plane landed in Guatemala City at approximately 6:25AM. The plane ride went smoothly. Most of us are running on little to no sleep, but everyone is in a great mood. When we got to Guatemala City, all of our action packers and luggage got through customs easily and tax free, so thank you for all of your prayers! We rode on a ¨chicken bus¨ to a restaurant in Guatemala City called La Estancia. A chicken bus is simply a traditional yellow school bus that is decorated and painted. The buses are really creative and each one is different.

After our meal, we hopped back on the bus and rode to the orphanage where we will be staying. We unpacked our bags and got acquainted with the area. While we were unpacking, Jon Cronce and Dr. Jean Montgomery found an injured lost parrot. The parrot climbed right up onto Dr. Montgomery´s hand and we fed it some peanuts and raisins. We figured that the bird must be someone´s pet, because it was very tame. We found out that it was the owner of the orphanage´s bird. I am so happy that we were able to return him to his home. We named him Kevin.

Next, we ventured to Sumpango to immerse ourselves in the culture by walking through the Sunday market. Every Sunday, from approximately 8:00 until 1:00, the locals set up tents and sell all kinds of foods, clothes, and other cool things.

Currently we are eating a wonderful meal at the Chiquito´s house. We are so grateful for the Chiquito´s and the members of Los Olivos Church. Soon we will be off to set up the clinic! We are hoping that everything will go relatively fast this year. We have church at 4:00 and then dinner afterwards.

Thank you again for all of your thoughts and prayers. We could not do any of this without your support. Please continue to pray for us and for the health and safety of all the team members. Please also pray that we can make an impact on this town and share God´s love.

I hope to write again sometime tomorrow, so keep an eye out for my next post!

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