Over six months went by and I felt a strange desire to look into going to Guatemala on the next trip. I learned more details and discussed my concerns with Mike, and even though he relieved some of the concerns, committing 100% to going was a leap of faith.
From the day the COTA team was aware that I had interest in going, I received lots of support through E-mails to get me prepared to go. I was also excited to hear that other people from Colorado that I knew were going, including Valesca Bybee, Brady Avery, and Andy Ashby.
Although the overall experience wasn't exactly easy, I am grateful for the adversity I faced and the opportunity to work hard as an interpreter and other roles for these amazing people. They still inspire me with their patience, love, gratitude and friendliness. They are a great example for all of us, and it was a pleasure to help them.
|Jacqueline, Tanner and Heidi|
To close, part of what made the experience so great was the peculiar challenge of adjusting back to being home. I felt like I was completely charged and ready to jump back into daily life and be more effective at work and other aspects of my life. However, less than a day after getting home and being welcomed by family members, I felt out of place for over a week! There's just so little that can compare with the great things that this team has done and will continue to do for the needy.
I am so grateful for all of those that took time to welcome me, get to know me, and guide me. I can't name everyone that made this trip great, but SO many people were influential to me, and I want many of them to know: Jody, Rosemary, Jackie, Heidy, Gerry, Tim, Jennifer, Diana, ALL THE COOKS, etc. (Obviously the folks from Colorado know who they are). Keep being great everyone! ¡Muchas Gracias!
When I first got to Guatemala, people from COTA had so much joy seeing each other again. Some described it as a "family reunion." Now I can totally understand how they felt, and can't wait to go again.