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Holly writing in her journal during daily devotional time. A previous 威尼斯人平台 group helped lay the foundation for 日e church.

Follow our journey as we spend time visiting 日is beautiful country 和

providing service at NPH危地马拉.

Background: Since 2010 威尼斯人平台 educators Melissa and Nick Livermore have led 5 trips to NPH危地马拉. Our students and chaperones provide service as well as experience the Guatemalan culture first h和—a great opportunity for students to practice 日eir Spanish. 

In 2019年4月, The Livermores received the “Leaving a Legacy Award” from NPH USA, the organization 威尼斯人平台 service trips volunteer with in Guatemala. Click on 日is 链接 读书 哈森村民 writer Unsie Zuege’s article highlighting 日eir leadership 和 威尼斯人平台’s service trips.

Our students and adult chaperones will write regular posts on this blog for their parents, friends, and neighbors. (Newest post are on top, so scroll the bottom to see the start of their trip.) May God bless them 和 those they serve during 日eir mission trip.

Guatemala Mission Trip 2019

周一,7月29日

历史之旅

到底是怎么回事的人呢?这是意志和与博客再次布伦丹回来吧。今天我们就醒了7:15,前往隔壁吃早餐。所有的男生有除主教巧克力绉,因为它有坚果。我们接着回到房间,准备我们的最后一天。准备好后,我们离开,走到外面美丽的城市安提瓜的。

Our first stop was the Iglesia La Merced. Here we met up wi日 our tour guides from digna。这个组织给有特殊需求的机会,是导游。导游带我们穿越城市看到一些历史景点。之后,我们完成了巡演,我们走了几个街区的地方麦当劳。将摧毁10个鸡块,而小伙子们的休息拿下双芝士汉堡。吃完后,我们得到了拍照与麦当劳叔叔的机会。然后我们去在市场购物为约3小时。有很多讨价还价的事情也很多可怕的交易和好的了。

购物后,我们又重新回到了酒店,我们都玩过纸牌游戏。而我们在玩,大卫(NPH人员)让我们感到吃惊,来到我们一起吃饭。吃饭,男孩和大卫绝对享用了3斤肉,薯条的两个筐,土豆沙拉,青豆和玉米。另外,吃饭时,我们的男孩亚历克西斯(NPH)露面,以及与我们吃。然而,可悲的是我们了解到,莫伊(NPH)无法做到这一点。

After feasting, the group returned to the hotel 和 we did our nightly devotions. However, this time was especially special because we had a birthday in 日e house. One of our incoming college freshmen, Brielle, celebrated her 18 birthday in Guatemala. We had chocolate cake and just had a blast all around. This week was one of 日e best weeks of our lives 和 we definitely want to come back.

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平安出来的家伙,
将和Brendan

周日,7月28日

Waiting for 日e coffee tour to begin.

嘿,这是Gavin和主教再次与另一篇博客今天。今天,不幸的是,我们在NPH孤儿院最后一天。我们开始告别的经典豆“汤”的早餐煎鸡蛋。我们中的一些人在这一点上,但不是我们完全生病的豆类。我们刚刚决定,堵塞鼻子和得到它。难的早餐后,我们加入了pequenos在惊人的教堂早上质量。牧师是居然还有这一次的执事而不是踩在上周五。这是真的很酷围坐在佩克诺s的休息和享受优质讲道。

弥撒结束后,我们结束了说一些很早就告别。意大利人还留在同一时间所以很多pequenos的已经给他们告别。迄今为止旅途中最困难的部分是看一些我们所见过留下最好的孩子。肯定的是,在另一种语言说再见是相当困难的,但它是更难处理的想法,我们可能再也见不到他们了。我们没有真正的预料这一天来得如此之快。我们认为我们有这么多的更多的时间与佩克诺s花。

在告别后,我们都通过我们的卡萨斯去检查过,以确保我们拥有的一切,并取得了房子看起来比它摆在首位。它甚至很难说再见,我们已经打在角落里突袭和国王的深夜场的房子。之后我们终于鼓起勇气离开房子,我们俩坐在公园,并希望一对夫妇从佩克诺s更道别。出乎我们的意料,我们发现了三个女孩,我们已经与保税,我们得到了最后一个再见他们。

当公交车到达和莫伊已收到货物的他的手提箱,我们终于离开了最好的地方之一。这是很难,但有一组这种强烈以及保税,大家都在那里对方。在安提瓜一旦我们停在酒店。它一定是我们任何的曾经住过的最酷的酒店之一。还有就是大堂内花园/庭院,并在三楼以上,还有一个露台/屋顶,让安提瓜的壮丽景色和周围山。

Once we settled into our tiny but cozy rooms we were on the move again to the Finca Filadelfia coffee plantation. We learned tons about how coffee is made here in Guatemala. The overall process was super informational, and we enjoyed a delicious cup of coffee at the end of the tour. After that we got back on the bus 和 headed back to 日e hotel to get ready for dinner.

我们有一两个小时的放松,但我们最终离开,吃饭早,因为我们从没有打算吃午饭这么饿。我们走了几个街区通过开放市场,到了餐厅。它是一种像酒店,有很多内部的植物和打开的窗口。晚宴开始与饮料,绿豆汤,玉米饼和。然后我们有牛排,炸大蕉,大米,豆泥,和鳄梨调味酱的主菜。食物是太棒了,我们被一些蒙面表演和带处理,传统舞蹈危地马拉。他们甚至让我们跳舞与他们,尽管大家都还不知道我们在做什么。

After dancing we were served coffee, and then we walked back to the hotel. We had devos on the second floor as we listened to the Guatemalan nightlife. Finally, after another long but fun-filled day, we hit 日e hay. Peace out for now: Bishop 和 Gavin

注意到,家:
Hi Mom, Dad, Gracie, and Jack. It’s your crippled son (classic). Mom, the ankle is a real bummer, but I’ve really tried to make the best of it and haven’t given up on the rest of the trip. I traveled with the group everywhere whether it was on my crutches or me finally feeling comfortable enough to walk with only the brace on. I’ll be back to normal soon. Gracie, no offense, but the way you described the Guatemalan experience was nowhere close to what it is. It was so much better. Jack, I really hope you’re staying away from trouble while I’m gone. Dad, you’d love this place. It’s not a super busy country but still something 日at would constantly keep you busy. I can’t wait to see you all again 和 see Maisy!

哟,是什么做的票价调整机制,它的主教。就像我喜欢这里,我迫不及待地回家,看到所有你们的!我有很多故事要告诉你,我渴望听到的一直在家发生的事情,而我走了。 GAV告诉曲子他要上床我包起来,所以我就报名截止现在。看到你在几天!爱BISH(也大喊答题节目环节巫女因为我想念他)。

周六,7月27日

At 日e mini carnival

What it do familias? It’s your favs, Lauren and Chelsea, back at it again. We started the morning off with breakfast which was beans and a homemade bread roll (we were a little “beaned” out so most of us just got bread). After breakfast, we hopped on the bus with some of the kids to go across town to the high school girls house.  We had a mini carnival and split up into groups and went to different stations. One of the stations had water balloons. We played a number game and also had to tie a string to our foot and try and eat a donut that was dangling from a line with one foot of ours in 日e air. Gavin sprained his ankle because he fell into a hole when we played four square ☹.  Lunch was hotdogs, chips, cake, 和 pop. It was fun.

At about 1pm,  we loaded back up and went back to our 卡萨 at NPH. We had a lot of free time when we got back so we cleaned up 和 packed some of our stuff to get ready to leave tomorrow (we are all very sad to leave).

吃饭意大利人比萨饼和我们带来了冰淇淋和流行音乐和大家一起分享。比萨是惊人的(劳伦连吃6个),我们都坐在外面一起在公园里有篝火直到天黑。我们完成了新的一天,我们在篮球场上奉献,看着星星,听音乐。总而言之,这是收官的最后一天的好方法。说再见我们的明天会很辛苦,但我们希望能够回来,再次访问一天。我们很高兴安提瓜明天我们在guat所以一路平安,我们很快就会看到你最后几天!

注意到,家:我很想念你的妈妈,爸爸,当然SYD的aaaaaaa和。妈妈我从具有惊恐发作我午睡醒来,想起我忘记提醒你喂我的鱼。它可能为时已晚,并填写可能是死的,但如果他是不知何故还活着给他很多食物作为道歉。我忘了把防晒霜今天,我非常烧毁。妈妈,你会爱上这里,山是当我们在亚利桑那州,但更漂亮10倍等。它是这样一个美丽的国家,我也明白了,为什么阿姨凯利每次她来到这里时,几乎把一个孩子的家。我爱你想你都非常迫不及待看到您的到来! - 劳伦

周五,7月26日

Zach watches on as Holly jumps in wi日 David 和 Caitlin.

到底是怎么回事大家!这里是你最喜欢的两个博客今晚,冬青和凯特琳。我们开始早晨取下先生的一些惊人的摇滚音乐礼貌。和夫人。利弗莫尔(门上几声敲门也跟着)。我们慢慢地使我们的方式来物质,该物质在孤儿院教堂举行。这对我们来说是一个非常酷的体验,因为质量是用西班牙语。

弥撒结束后,我们做了我们的方式,我们一天的工作项目。工人居然给了冬青砍刀(冬青不倒它,每个人都发出警告,密切关注她的)。我们开始砍刀,转眼间这个扎克后会以某种方式设法找到一条蛇。当然,对房地产每个男孩跑到企图杀死蛇(他们从字面上到处排在5秒钟之内)。蛇从来没有位置,所以我们做macheting一天!

在此之后,我们吃了午饭,并准备我们的小品下午。我们的小品是耶稣爱小孩子,我们执行了它的女孩在孤儿院(冬青需要对她的西班牙工作,凯特琳需要提高她的演技)。我们花了大约两个小时的女孩着色,玩游戏,和跳拉拢。冬青得到认真参与了跳绳比赛(再一次没有伤到自己,凯特琳在看近)。

For dinner, we had potatoes, carrots, and tortillas (a rare treat for Guatemala, and no rice and beans!!). We ate with the kids outside, 和 Holly got attacked by fire ants (no surprise there, Caitlin did not come to the rescue). We then played an intense game of volleyball, accompanied by Holly messing up 日e game point.

我们后半夜花在玩的佩克诺s,谁也住在NPH意大利(欧洲有一些很酷的游戏)游戏。凯特琳被一个小男孩用球投掷,转眼间,她是位被另一前。她还活着,更新的到来。我们结束了夜色中的教堂。事情变得有点流泪,但那是我们如何做到这一点在危地马拉。所有的笑话放在一边,此行一直是最好的经验,无论是我们的一员可能已经过。我们不能等待我们的明天NPH最后一天,在安提瓜我们两晚!一路平安!

注意到,家:
妈妈,我真的好想你,你会在这里(sutupahutsu泉)爱它(确保我的妈妈读取该米歇尔,我就指望你了)。爸爸和乔乔,我想念你,我迫不及待地想看到你的时候我回来。诺伊尔和查理,想你比什么都重要,我会很快见到你们!还大喊答题节目环节以E和B,我想念我的小狗最多(和我想大喊答题节目环节卢克)。爱你们! -冬青

What is up mom, I miss you so much and Holly and I are banking on you to be at that gate wi日 cokes and our phones in h和, you would love it here so much I can not even describe it. I can’t wait to eat some sour cream noodle bake when I get home.

Dad, what is up pops I miss you a lot even 日ough I am in my room a lot, I can’t wait to go get some crunch cones when I get home ily.

Tyler, what is up homie I hope you have enjoyed your time as an only child because trust me I know it’s not fun, I hope you haven’t had too much dq wi日out me.

Casey sup loser, I hope you’re having so much fun working, can’t wait to see you whenever you come home from Colorado ily.

You guys are pretty cool- sissy

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The group at Lake Atitlan.

Hey guys what is going on? It’s 西莉亚和阿什利. Today started bright and early (at least for the girls). We woke up around 6 am, ate breakfast and headed to the bus to start our journey to Lake Atitlan. It was around a 2-hour bus ride. Some slept, some played games, some sang, 和 some stared out 日e window.

When we arrived, we saw a beautiful view of the lake and the city then took a boat to our first spot, San Juan. We started by watching the women of the city show us the weaving process. We got to feel the different materials and watch one dye the string. It takes around 3 months for them just to make one blanket. Next, we heard from a native painter about his bird and ant eye view paintings. Then we went to the plant place. We felt and smelt rosemary, basil, sage, and others. We learned about 日eir healing powers as well. Here we also met our new dog friend whom Chelsea named, Skaberchlynn. (Berchy). From here on out he followed us everywhere 和 was like our tour guide.

教堂在圣胡安。

We walked up to the top of a hill (it was quite the hike) to visit a church next to a Lasallian school. Next, we stopped at a coffee shop for lunch and a drink. Our final stop in this town was the chocolate shop. We got to taste the chocolate-making process starting from the most bitter 和 ending in 日e sweetest.

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Next, we took a little time to shop in the marketplace. We bargained with the salespeople 和 got Guatemalan goods for cheap prices. Staying hydrated was important, so we stopped again for a drink before getting back on the boat 日at would take us to our bus.

We got on the bus and headed back to NPH. We made a pitstop for the bathroom and some skittles (which really hit the spot). The place also had a playground with trampolines so that was a very fun time. We made it back to NPH and had a gourmet dinner of Instant Ramen. It was an adventure-filled day 和 we are excited to spend tomorrow with 日e kids.

一路平安!

西莉亚和阿什利

Shoutout Mom, Dad (sorry I’m not as good of a blogger as you), Riney 和 Gracie. Also please tell Molly I miss her.

〜阿什利

¡¡Hola mi familia y mis amigos!! This week has been a great experience and so much fun! I miss you all 和 hanging out with our new dog friend made me miss Nali 日e most😊 Love you lots

西莉亚〜

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Chelsea, Brielle, Celia, Anna, Brendan, Bishop, 和 Gavin clearing 日e field.

Hola amigos y familias,

Brielle and Anna here to update you on our Guatemalan adventures. Today started off with Mr. Livermore’s wake up songs (Elmo, Barney, etc.) and our first breakfast of beans which took many of us by surprise compared to the pancakes we have been eating. After breakfast, we went to our work projects and split up into three groups. Some of us raked in the greenhouse, some worked in the kitchen, 和 others macheted for the third day in a row. Overall everything went smoothly, except for a brief moment of TERROR due to the fact that Gavin lost his grip on the machete (everyone is ok😊) (seriously the Livermores want us to clarify 日at it was not a big deal…don’t worry moms).

After our work projects, we all had a much-needed shower and headed to the café to get some frappes and smoothies. We then ate beats and rice with the pequenos. During our second short break, we started a very intense game of four square. After four square, we had a panel with some of the NPH volunteers 和 some former 佩克诺s currently working at 日e home.

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真诚,

Your favorite 威尼斯人平台 校友 Brielle Bornhorst 和 Anna Galioto

Shoutout to mi famiglia Mom, Dad, Katie, John, 和 Tuck (who is now ten years old…happy late birthday puperino!!) Hope you aren’t having to much fun wi日out me;)

Also, shoutout to the Killer B’s. Love you guys and I hope you guys don’t miss me too much. Tell Bobo I say 日at he is a good boy. I am having a great time 和 I haven’t gotten too burnt yet (fingers crossed). Love, Brielle (your soon to be eighteen-year-old daughter 😉)

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Brendan, Bishop, Zach, Gavin, 和 Will perform 日e Prodigal Son.

这是切尔西,劳伦和扎克。今天我们早早起来疯了,吃了煎饼。这是真的好,含糖和寒冷。它来到草莓牛奶味道很不错。水今天早上坏了,所以我们不得不等待洗我们的菜肴。后来,女孩帮助清理出棚。有一堆蜘蛛和工人一直试图吓唬我们(开玩笑地说,虽然)。男孩帮助移动的岩石轮桶新的人行道和其他人帮助采摘的杂草。我们也发现了一些鳄梨和扎克它切碎用大砍刀开后,吃着它像一个冠军(这不是成熟)。劳伦发现一只死老鼠,将其命名为米格尔并合影留念它(她对虽然手套)。

一个快速的休息和洗涤起飞后,我们前往午餐与pequenos。今天的VBS是关于浪子和孩子们敲出来的公园中。后来,我们踢足球与部分。我们打了很多足球(失去每次),也学到了一堆从佩克诺s游戏。他们教我们一把游戏叫“巧克力”,把我们的照片。在当天早些时候我们去了咖啡厅,并试图自己的冰沙和星冰乐。我们将不得不因为我们三个人都在一个脑细胞运行到现在结束这和我们需要我们长期的日子,所以接下来的时间后淋室,我们会给您一个较长的博客。

Monday, July 22, 2019 

It’s the lads Bishop, Brendan, and Will. Today was our first full day in NPH Parramos, and Will had the impossible task of waking us all up. When he finally got us all out of bed, we went to the main 卡萨 to do devotions. We all spread out amongst 日e 卡萨斯 和 had some private journaling time.

Anna, Brielle, Celia, 和 Chelsea at the welcome breakfast of pancakes in 日e Cafe.

然后我们去在NPH面包店,他们使我们的早餐。这是煎饼,他们是最火的“蛋糕(又名最好的煎饼),我们已经在很长一段时间。吃美味的早餐后,从NPH董事会提出了有关家庭给我们一些信息。他们向我们展示了一个关于程序的历史和使命视频。这是非常有意思的,了解历史,为什么TIOS和提亚斯(舍监)做他们做什么。

获得家庭的基本知识后,亚历克西斯给我们整个校园之旅。他向我们展示的主要建筑,住宅,诊所和教室里,孩子们每天都在使用。之后,我们抓住了我们的工作手套和领导交给工地。当我们到了那里,我们知道这将是一个磨(又名困难)。我们的工作是拉在温室的一个杂草,以及用砍刀(扎克喜欢它)外面砍高的杂草。我们工作了约2小时,并出人意料地回避过得去数百蜘蛛是被爬来爬去咬伤。

Once we had finished working, we headed back to our 卡萨 to play some 主席。 Will choked super hard in last round and finished at the bottom, despite having an insane hand. Then we trekked our way to the lunchroom. They were serving spaghetti with red sauce, an unknown protein, and tortillas. Bishop 和 Brendan had a solid conversation wi日 a man named Antonio who turned out to be a former 佩克诺 在NPH并在那里与NPH带练马林巴。他告诉我们,在乐队部分成员将前往圣家族在十月为学校执行(毫秒。boillat的爱它),以及观察生活的方式明尼苏达州。午饭后,我们踢足球和飞盘与孩子们和大家见面了控球命名errison。孩子们真的很喜欢它,当我们与他们进行互动。

Then, we went over to one of the classrooms and listened to a marimba band play some of their excellent music. After that, we ventured over to the special needs house and performed a skit. We also colored with them and danced, 和 one of the special needs girls really loved dancing wi日 Bishop.

之后,我们去了主园区,并打出了一些四方形与大卫和摩西(他们是工作人员)。四方形是我们一天中最激烈的竞争。主利弗莫尔和大卫王控制王斑的大部分比赛。然而,他们并不知道,主教和Gavin是四方形的优点。之后,我们去吃饭,有大米,玉米饼,液化豆类,以及欧洽塔喝。这顿饭时,小伙子们有一些十几岁的固体谈话对一般的足球和生活。晚餐后,我们去了卡萨1,创造了服装和排练小品的另一个。

Noah’s Ark performance

We then performed it in front of some of the 佩克诺s as well as the Italian volunteers that are here. Then we played a competitive game of kickball under the lights on the soccer field. And then we came back to the main 卡萨 and did nightly prayer and devotions. Shoutout to Mom (Angela), Dad, (Rusty/Richard) Sophie, and Jacob. I miss you guys already and I can’t wait to see you and our little boy. Also, shoutout to my mom (Angie), dad (Jeremy), Jamo, Marc, and Katrin. I miss you all so much and really wish I could be there with you guys. Shoutout Mom, Dad, Sawyer (Insert dap and chest bump), Keyan (insert dance), Maielle (insert dope handshake and candy-on-a-stick), 和 last but not least Miko! (roof roof). Also, because Anna G told us to, we wish a happy birthday to the legend, Tucker 日e dog.

Adios y’all 日e lads are signing off,

Bishop, Will, Brendan

Sunday, July 21, 2019 – We’re leaving on a jet plane

After months of preparation, the day has finally arrived! It was an early start (3 a.m.), but everyone made it on time. As always, Delta made our group check-in quick and smooth. The security checkpoint opened up just as we were finishing up 和 we were one of 日e first in line. Minneapolis to Atlanta to Guatemala City.

跟着我们  推特Instagram的.

2019 Participants at MSP Airport

Hey all, it’s Zach B 和 Gavin L with 日e first blog coming from Guatemala.

今天是一个非常清晨对我们所有人。在破晓时分醒来,对每个人如梦初醒。幸运的是,我们有一个两小时的飞机路程亚特兰大和一个三小时的飞行危地马拉睡觉,迎头赶上。当我们在危地马拉城终于到了,我们是通过我们经历推动了景观和城市有多酷都惊讶。我们通过沿包括肯德基和汉堡王的方式多炸鸡的地方。我们也目睹了多个玉米地和其他农场。小时坐大巴到NPH孤儿院后,我们打开了所有的财物,并定居下来我们 卡萨斯. The boys made sure to unpack our snacks which ultimately created an abundant cupboard.

之后我们落户,先生。和夫人。利弗莫尔带我们在孤儿院的短线游。结识有趣的人物,如何塞是一个惊喜。我们玩飞盘有许多孩子,直到晚饭时间。孩子们喜爱的飞盘,恳求我们保持和他们一起玩。然后我们领导吃饭,经验丰富我们的第一餐危地马拉。我们有黑豆,玉米饼,大蕉,一个特殊的酸奶油和调味茶的热咖啡。大家都坐下来与孩子们,并开始交往。这真的很有趣把我们的西班牙语技能测试(感谢HACHE先生和O)。我们谈到了从足球队和球员电影各种各样的事。

当我们吃完晚饭,有的来自意大利其他志愿者的问我们是否想加入到他们在足球的皮卡游戏。因为有在球场上如此多的熟练的球员,这是很难跟上他们的所有,这是非常有趣的。我们通过这场比赛做了很多companionships,但也可能导致美国和危地马拉之间的一个小的竞争。之后危地马拉离开去睡觉,我们加入灯光下的意大利人去打篮球和足球多。最后,当它得到了太暗了,看的球,我们都被拖回了女孩的 卡萨 and did our ups and downs for the day. Our gathering ended with a group prayer 和 a layout of what tomorrow would look like. Then everyone finally got to what 日ey wanted all day long: a good night’s sleep.

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Gavin和扎克

Thursday, July 18, 2019 – Packing 和 Praying Toge日er

S和ing boat kits for VBS.

家长和学生聚集在一起,准备行程。享用美味的晚餐便饭和祈祷后,本集团瓜分。先生。利弗莫尔给了最后一分钟的信息,以及在父母。太太。利弗莫尔并准备向假期圣经学校的学生。他们确信他们的小品已经准备好,所有的物资被购买,并通过打磨制成先生乘船套件。利弗莫尔。捐赠,包括圣家族的足球节目很多T恤,分别分布于包装。我们准备好了!