Today was our last full day in Guatemala. We got up before sunrise to pack our bags and eat breakfast. As we dragged our suitcases through wet grass, we stopped to catch a glimpse of the sun peeking over the mountains of Nebaj one last time. Guatemala has been an amazing home for the past week!
We reached Antigua after almost 7 hours on our bus. The journey back to civilization was certainly not without its surprises. Shortly after lunch, we heard a loud pop towards the back of the bus. One of our rear tires had exploded! Juanito, our driver, decided to finish the last leg of the journey on the compromised tire. Finally, we pulled into Antigua safe and sound.
Antigua used to be the capital of Guatemala. There are three active volcanoes that surround this bustling city of 35,000 people. You can spend a full day touring the ruins of ancient Spanish Baroque churches, or taking in views of the gorgeous countryside. But we were here for a different reason: shopping!
All of us are excited to get home to our loved ones tomorrow, and none of us wants to show up empty handed! We spent the afternoon buying toys for our kids, bags and shirts for our spouses, and Guatemalan coffee for our loved ones. Mission accomplished! We boarded the bus, and headed to our hotel. Tomorrow, we come home.
Mike had good news for us today. The pastors’ conference was such a success that Domingo wanted to immediately set dates in stone to do it again next year. We will be heading back to Guatemala from October 5th, 2016, through October 12th, 2016! Who wants to join us, CityLight?!
We can’t wait to come home tomorrow. Thank you for your prayers. We love you, CityLight! See you soon!
Text by Michael White. Photos courtesy of Tim Maggio. #citylightnyc