Campamento Zuriel...

Trip Start Jun 11, 2004
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Trip End Jun 20, 2004


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Where I stayed
Santander Plaza Hotel Guatemala City
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
Went to Camp Zuriel
Met with Mario, the Hearts in Action director

Flag of Guatemala  , Western Highlands,
Saturday, June 12, 2004

This morning I woke up to Wendy Johnson and Farrah Lee getting ready. After everyone else was awake and ready to go, we went down to breakfast. We had fruit, pancakes and fried hot dogs. It was delicious! We took a group picture and got on the school bus... Our driver pulls this huge 60-seater bus likes its a VW beetle. We had no idea what was in store for us today...

I'm going to try very hard to explain the kind of day we had. I'm so tired... We went to Camp Zuriel in a little town in the mountains above Guatemala City. The bus dropped us off and we hiked about 20 minutes up and down the narrow path to get to the main area of the camp. There, we met up with Eliza, Hannah and Ryan who, along with a few other people, "tortured" us all day!

It started out so simple, but that was only the beginning. We did a few warm-up exercises and games then divided into two teams- the Testigos and the Steamrollers. (I was a Steamroller.) Each team did a series of group "elements" that we had to complete as a team. It was kind of like a team obstacle course.

First we did the "Marimba" and that meant we were tied to each other, by the ankles, in a line, going over this giant wooden structure. Then, we did the "spider web" where each team member had to get to the other side, but we could only use each hole once. Then, there was the zip line... AWESOME! After that we had a hot dog, chips and guacamole dip lunch. We thought we were done... yeah right! The fun had only begun!

After lunch, we all held hands and walked across a log that was suspended over a natural spring (also called a cess pool by our team members). If one person fell in, we all had to jump in. Well, Dustin fell in, so we all had to jump in that gooey stuff! Then we had to climb up a muddy mountain. After that, we did a blind walk where only the leader (me) was without a blindfold and the rest of the team help onto a rope and followed my instructions to walk the path. Then we did the centipede where as a team we had to move together so that we could cross "the fiery lake." (It was just a patch of grass, but the idea was that we couldn't step off the boards that we were standing on.) We then go to our final element- the giant ladder. Magdiel and I decided to go together but when we got to the third rung, she freaked out and went back down. So I ended up climbing the rest of the way by myself. Now I have bruises all over my inner thighs, but I feel so accomplished!

We came back to the hotel, got clean and dressed and went to Camperos, a fried chicken restaurant. There we met up with Mario Babarcy, the director of Hearts in Action-Guatemala. He reminds me of the Mario I stayed with in Italy. He's so funny! He taught us all a song called "Be A  Missionary" and gave us the homework of learning it by the time we meet up again with him later this week.

We finally got back to our cabin. Getting to know everyone better has been awesome! I'm so glad to see us coming together like a team should be. I also enjoyed talking to Jeanette, our Guatemalan guide. I can't wait to see what's in store for us as we head to our place of ministry tomorrow!


The "Be A Missionary Song"
Be a missionary every day
Tell the world that Jesus is the Way
In the town or in the country
In the busy avenue
In Guatemala, South Carolina
The task is up to you

So be a missionary every day
Tell the world that Jesus is the Way
The Lord is soon returning
There is no time to lose
So be a missionary
God's own emissary
Be a missionary every da-a-ay! Hey!

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