A little bit of history, a little bit of context

We’ve spent a lot of time in our afternoon classes talking about the political and economic realities in Guatemala. Poverty in rural Guatemala is about 75%, and 60% of the commerce in Guatemala City is informal (street vending, etc). The wealth disparity is also really extreme in Guatemala. There are 8 families in Guatemala who … More A little bit of history, a little bit of context

Amish Gringa

My host mom Nuvia and I have been drinking tea together almost every day. She figured out quickly that I don’t drink coffee, and started making sure there’s hot water for me to have tea when I get home from school. It’s a calming and familiar way for me to relax. I’m still trying to … More Amish Gringa

Destination: Guatemala

Well, once again I’m packing to leave but this time I’m packing for two places at once. I’m moving my belongings into my dorm at Bluffton University this Saturday and on Monday I’ll be hopping on a plane with 8 other Bluffton students bound for Guatemala. Bluffton University offers a semester-long study abroad experience through … More Destination: Guatemala

The Fighting Church

Every two years, Mennonite Church USA holds a convention; a week of workshops, worship, and conferences. While I was in high school, I attended Convention in both Phoenix and Kansas City. I can recall both weeks vividly, and I still have my notes from the services and seminars. I remember thinking to myself, “This is … More The Fighting Church