Normally my visits to the US are a time to spend with family and friends, getting a little bit accomplished, but mostly just taking a break. My upcoming visit--just a week away!--is something different. Or, at least, that was the plan.
I had planned to visit the US and speak in a number of churches, schools, and groups about possibilities of mission work in Guatemala. I e-mailed about 30 churches and have addressed 3 schools about the possibility of coming and speaking with them. Of those churches, two have replied: one to tell me that they already work with an organization here in Guatemala and that, no, they do not want any information on short-term mission opportunities nor just Guatemala as a country. The other replied to tell me that they'd pass on the information to their missions person whom I have not heard from. Many churches hold their council meetings on the first Sunday of each month; this lack of response didn't bother me much until yesterday. Of the schools, 2 have responded and both asked me to speak during some religious meeting that they hold. I really am okay with that. What I do is religious in nature; although some might just write me off as "a good person."
So, I'm throwing this out there: if you, your group, your school, or your church would like me to come speak to them about Guatemala and/or mission/volunteer opportunities in Guatemala, please, contact me. You can leave a comment here; all comments are screened and private. Only you and I can see them. I only ask that if you, your church, your school, or your group is outside of SE Michigan that you do a bit of fundraising to help with my transportation costs...or we can do something via Skype. Technology is a wonderful thing.
I only know that I was called. I don't know who else is to be called and where they will come from. Maybe I was just thinking too small. Additionally, if you are from one of the 30 churches I wrote to and are reading this now, please get back to me. Thanks!