Hi guys! This is Rachelle, I’ve been going to Capital Church for about 18 months and this is my first trip to Guatemala!

This trip has been mind-blowingly amazing! I’m not quite sure what all I expected coming into it, but I know it has been way better than I ever could have imagined. This team has been such a blessing to me, I am in awe of how well everyone has gotten along in such a small space and how everyone has been using their different gifts and skills to make a really fantastic team.

I personally have been very impacted this past week, especially yesterday during the home visits. I think it’s really easy to go on a mission trip with the mindset of “what will God do through me” instead of the mindset of “what will God do in me” and honestly, I feel like God has done way more in me than He has through me. While I really hope I have made an impact here, I know the impact that has been made in me is far more significant.

Ok, you’re probably tired of listening to me ramble about me myself and I, so onto what happened today—the FESTIVAL!!! This being my first year I really had no idea what it would be like, and let’s just say it was completely chaos. We have ten team members, and eight games… and at least one person was manning the camera the whole time, plus three of us had to speak at different points and four people played some songs towards the end. Honestly though, even with all the craziness, it was so cool to see. I don’t really have any frame of reference as this is my first year, but I think given how small of a team we have, we totally crushed it.

I was really surprised with how many people were there playing the games, and what a huge variety of people there were. We had everyone from little kiddos who needed to be held to reach the games, to teenagers, to adults, and even to grandparents. We got to see some of the sponsored kids that we went on home visits to yesterday and that was really neat. Everyone has a great time, everyone was smiling and laughing and there was always a line at every game.

We only have two more days before we fly home Saturday and I can’t believe how fast time has flown. I’m not excited to leave, but I am excited for a hot shower! I love and miss all of you back home <3.

By the way, thanks mom and dad for being so supportive and always commenting, and also not commenting anything too embarrassing. We read comments every night and it’s been great to know you guys are so involved in my life even from so far away.