I just returned from nine life changing days in Guatemala on a mission trip to build a house for a family in San Pablo. It was very hard to go through all the photos I captured during our time there and narrow it down to 10 of my favorites.
There are so many stories to be told through each image. So I looked at all the stories I could tell throughout the whole trip and tried to pick one that was central to each story. I will be featuring several different aspects of the trip on the blog. To start, here are my top 10 favorite images from Guatemala.
My most favorite image from the trip is from the cross, or La Cruz, overlooking San Juan and Lago Atitlan where we stayed throughout the week.
This is Iglesia De La Merced (La Merced Church) in Antigua. On Saturday they have several weddings there. Brides were lined up outside the church to get married in the cathedral. There are ruins on the left of the buildings facade.
Here you see a worker at the La Voz Coffee Co-Op. He is raking all the fresh coffee that locals bring in from the fields. He rakes and picks out all the leaves and sticks by hand before they take the bean out of the middle of the fruit.
The shores of San Juan showed us how much the lake has risen and covers a lot of buildings in water. The algae bloom and other global issues have caused the lake to rise and flood several homes, businesses, and farmland.
On our last day staying in San Juan, Tyson and I hiked up a mountain to watch the sun come up over Lago Atitlan.
This trip held so much beauty. Not just in the scenery but in the people who live here. It showed me many things, but most importantly showed me that these people are still content without all the things we have in the States. They live simply and they are still happy and smiling. My heart is definitely full.