Posts Tagged ‘Guatemala’

Sometimes God puts people in your life to encourage and inspire you. This week I got some quality time with two people (of so many) who have impacted me.

I was at PhoenixONE earlier this week running a booth. I ran into a guy who I haven’t seen in some time – my friend Malachi. It was funny because he was on the cover of my brochure at my table and I looked up and there he was. I love God’s sense of humor. At the very first PhoenixONE gathering in 2011, I sat with Malachi in the front row (he was volunteering). His personality made him easy to get to know as he was very friendly. Then I went through a difficult summer later that year and this guy Mike Bhatti recommended I get to know him because of our similar backgrounds. I ran into him at the ONE retreat in Williams and we spent some time together. I found out he had been through divorce and had a little daughter. He totally helped walk me through that tough time. He then moved to Alaska to be closer with his daughter not too long after that. But his impact on me remains and seeing him was a shot in the arm for me this week.

My bros Malachi and Daniel

My bros Malachi and Daniel

I went to Guatemala last year and met Karyn on that trip. It was her first mission’s trip and we sat together on the plane ride there. At first I was just trying to help calm her nerves. But then I really started to see how pure her faith in God was. I kept saying to myself that this is one very good girl and God is doing something cool in her. She is getting her degree in veterinarian medicine and was on this trip to work with the animals in the villages. We had a moment on the trip where it was just her and I treating a cow by ourselves in some remote village. The needle had broken off as she was injecting the medicine into the cow. I remember her tripping out at first because she couldn’t find the needle and didn’t know what to do. I so wanted to rescue her from this situation because I’ve always had this ‘rescue’ mentality most of my life for people in need (something God has worked out of me recently). So I decided to stand back and let God work in her. I just let her know that I was there for her if she needed and prayed. I then saw someone put her faith in God and take charge of the situation. It was amazing! I gained so much respect for her and we have become good friends since then. I remember telling my friend Julie (one of her accountability partners) on the plane ride back to not let any crappy guys come in and ruin this girl because she has such a pure heart for God. Today I razz her repeatedly for her loyalties to the U of A, but love her to death. We had a fun day celebrating her birthday today.

Me and Karyn

Me and Karyn

I love that God uses people to encourage our walk. These are just a couple of people God has put in my path to make me more Christlike. After a period of time of having negative judging people in my life that just drag you down, it is refreshing to have such positive uplifting brothers and sisters to grow with. I am thankful for them and feel very blessed to have them in my life.

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Today I had to give a 15 minute presentation on a photographer whose work I admire and show some of my own work that was inspired by that photographer. For me, it’s a photographer out of Texas named Esther Havens. Her work is incredible and after researching her, I have come to find out that our journeys and passions are very similar.

The photos below were taken by Esther Havens

When I went to Guatemala over the summer, it was my first time taking photos without using a point and shoot camera. I was really inspired by Esther’s work and really wanted to capture the people there and their stories in their present environment. I wanted them to be more real than their circumstances. But most of all, I wanted to present the joy in their faces and who God created them to be. These are some of the images I came back with.

Photos by Travis Timmons

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We got a big surprise when when a bunch of family and friends showed up at the airport with signs welcoming us home. What a great trip it was!

Our team home after an amazing trip!

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So our next place didn’t go so well. These cows were a little more aggressive. As Julie and I went in to administer medicine to a bull (el toro), it got pissed. All the cattle ended up breaking through the fence and taking off. The natives had to go and round them all up and get them back. El toro didn’t forget and ended up chasing us all out of the pen. So we decided to leave this place for another day. Tom, Monika and Julie then held a workshop for the villagers on how to care for their animals as Hugo Jr translated. This trip really has opened my eyes to how important the animals are to these poor countries. I am grateful to be a part of this.

A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

Proverbs 12:10

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As we walked to the next house, I tried to look around and enjoy the beautiful sites of Guatemala. I loved the occasional trees that grew the red flowers. I also spent some time trying to improve my spanish. I talked with a gentleman about Guatemala and tried to learn more about the country. He showed me a termite nest and gave me a little lecture on how they build them. It was really cool. Karyn really connected with one of the girls from the village and they were listening to music on her IPod. I caught of glimpse of them dancing with Julie and Savannah. Speaking of Julie, she snagged a pig and gave it some oral medicine. Man those things are loud. At the next house we had some time to play with some little kids who provided some fun entertainment for us before we got to work.

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We walked down to a house that had some cattle that needed some medicine. Monika and Julie went right to work on some of them. I was impressed how smooth they were at doing this. Tom encouraged all of us to take turns giving an inoculation and some medicine orally. I was happy to get my hands dirty and trying to be a veterinarian for the day. The cows were a bit jumpy, but I was glad to have an opportunity.

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We went down to the village of Tercera Calle. Today we are working on chickens. As the leaders were putting together the plan for the day, I spent some time talking with a gentleman in the village. I was surprised to hear that he had been to the States. He mentioned that he schooled in San Francisco and we had a good conversation. We also got some time to play ball with the kids.

Tercera Calle

Julie and Monika – our vets discuss the workshop

Boy with his boleto

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Even though I slept good, I woke up with a heavy heart. I was grieving for my family. I hate the brokenness in this world and what it has done to my family. God led me to some passages of scripture that provided me with some comfort.

 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.  

Galatians 6:6-10

When you’re weary in life’s struggles, find strength in the Lord.

We had breakfast in the hotel restaurant. I was happy that it contained a lot of fruit – plantains, mango, cantaloupe.. yum! Dr. Hugo thanked us for coming a shared a passage that God led him to this morning. It was Matthew 19:16-30 and it talks about leaving our loved ones behind to go do God’s work. He mentioned to us how we left our families behind to come on this mission trip and that God would bless us for it. I love his heart for the Lord and the encouraging words he gives.

Guatemalan breakfast

They were splitting us up this morning. Some were headed back to Monte Carlo to finish up the cattle and the rest of us were headed to Tercera Calle to do some chickens.

Loading up the truck

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After lunch, we got our first taste of what we would be doing for the week. In the village of Monte Cristo was a ranch full of hundreds of cattle that needed to be inoculated. One by one they needed to be given vaccine and an oral medicine that will help them live longer and not spread diseases. The first batch was done today. Some of the cows were really feisty and I was able to practice getting some great shots with Jim and Lyn. It was amazing watching the cowboys gather them and one by one rope them up to be injected. It took two days to get through them all.

Hundreds of Cattle

Authentic Cowboy

I lost my man card when I saw this guy

Julie is a rock star

Dewormer medicine

Up close action shot!

The one that got away

This one just wants his mama

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’ “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner.‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”  

Matthew 20:1-16

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