Lessons from Guatemala

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, January 06, 2015. Posted in Testimonies

Lessons from Guatemala

Editor's Note: The New Year is a time for reflection, looking back on what we've learned through our experiences. Sister Alena does just that as she ponders what she gained from her recent trip to visit The Church in Guatemala.

Before I left for Guatemala, I had a friend from high school tell me that I would teach the people there so much. She said that because of my education and background that I would be able to share so much with these people.

And I'm here to tell you that she was very wrong.

In Guatemala, God taught me many things through our brothers and sisters.

I believe that God is always teaching me some much-needed and hard-learned lessons in humility. And quite frankly, I'm still the worst at learning my lessons.

In Guatemala, we had a home meeting Saturday night. We met in a sister's home and crowded around to hear testimonies. When the sister whose home we were in stood up to testify, she said:

"I thank God that I have a home that my brothers and sister from America can come to. It is not big. But it is here, and God is here. And that is good."

She sat down, and I sat there.


In awe of what my sister had just said.

She just thanked God for what she had...and that I had the opportunity to be there with her.

What made me so special that she would thank God that I was there in her home?

Friday night, I had the opportunity to stay up and listen to the testimony of the young sister whose home I shared while I was there.

She was telling me about when she was called to be a deaconess, and she said, "I don't know why God wanted me. I had done nothing for him to be proud of."

I sat there.


In awe of what my sister had just said.

How could she have said that? To me, she seemed so deserving. But her brutal honesty really struck me. Quite honestly, if there is one thing that really affected me about our brothers and sisters in Guatemala, it is their humility.

When I apply her statement to my own life, it fits perfectly. I have done nothing deserving of what God has given me.

The truth is that I have made many mistakes.

But faith exists because, despite my constant failures, God loves me anyways.

And that is what I learned in Guatemala.

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  • Worcester christian church

    Worcester christian church

    08 January 2015 at 08:28 |
    we all have something to learn from each other and those people from Guatemala has a lot to learn as well. .


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