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Adventure

Hello,
Its been 2 months since I started my adventure here in Guatemala. Each day I spend with the interns I love them more and more, They are amazing people and I cant wait to see what they do for the kingdom.
Last week was our first week back after a week vacation. The interns were all excited and happy to get back to one another.
I had my own adventure during vacation. I took a chicken bus to Antigua with Tita and Dulce (2 first yr girls). Ill be honest it was kinda scary, i prayed the whole way there. Chicken busses are not the right kind of transportation for white people let alone women. But we had to. So we took our bus to Antigua. It was super hot and crowded with 3 people to a seat with the craziest music ever. The drivers drive crazy around the curves to antigua. It was adventure but I was glad to arrive in Antigua. I spent the weekend there and got to know the town better and got to meet the interns friends. We hiked up over 200 steps to Cerro de la Cruz. It is a beautiful cross that overlooks the entire town of Antigua! It was amazing! I also rode in a tuk tuk for the first time while we were traveling to Dulce’s families house. Its like being on a wooden roller coaster. you know the shaking and bring thrown around feeling. After I went back home i ended up back in Antigua with Laura for her wedding errands. Her mom treated us to a wonderful lunch at a beautiful restaurant called Sabe Rico. As you can see my vacation was fun and full of new things.
The interns are counting down they have 3 months til graduation. I am now teaching a class called Living Before Gods Eyes. This is a brief summary of what my class will focus on, im still putting together the final details.

  • it will focus on how to live a focused life, that our salvation is not based on works but our rewards in heaven are, and do we do Godly things because we love God or because we want a big ministry. Basically its living the first commandment. Love God with all your heart.

  • Do we put God first or our spouse or our ministry.

and how one day we will face Jesus and hear about our lives. Did we waste our life or did we love the one who gave us all with all our heart and time.

We had a crazy storm yesterday while we were practicing intern theater. We had golf ball size hail and a tornado in zone 8. The tornado was close as we were in zone 9 at the time. It caused a lot of damage in the area. People lost their homes and roofs.

Prayer request: Some of the intern haven’t been able to pay their tuition and due to the hard economic time we have to send them home on friday if they dont come up with the money. Please pray for a miracle so the 3 interns can stay with us!

I hope you are all doing well! I love you!

The answer to all your questions lies beneath!

Update

I’m sorry its been a few weeks since I updated. This will probably be a long one as so much has happened. It will probably be very random as well as I think back. I promise they wont all be like this. I want to share with you everything thats been going on. My heart was poured into this update, the amazing things, the practical, the struggles… After all its because of you I am here, your prayers and supports. Well, I’ve been here a little over a month and it has proved to be an adventure.

THE INTERNSHIP: DESTINO
Although, Destino is based on our Table Internship in the states it is different. People are always going to have different thoughts on how to run a program and Destino is different but has the same heart: to see hearts transformed and disciple a generation. Let’s start with the directors: Paulo and Anita; they are amazing and totally dedicated to this generation.  They are young but lead with a lot of authority and love. I can see their hearts in the way they speak and interact with the interns. Anita reminds me a lot of Pastor Jill (one of my directors in the states) when Anita speaks I see Gods love pour out of her. She talks with a lot of authority and her words go straight to the heart with tons of love. I was telling Pastor Marco this when he came to visit and he later told me the night before God showed that to him as well. Paulo is tender and loving. he has a big heart and is always willing to listen and help. He has a lot of wisdom and is very talented( as I am learning as I watch him teach the interns how to act for intern theater). They are great people. This is only their second year with destino but they are doing great and still learning. The rules here are mostly the same but they have different ones as well. It’s a different culture here and different spiritual strongholds. They are not allowed to be in a courtship at all where in the states you could in your second year. They are not allowed to use their phones except for at lunch time. Ratio is 2 to 1 rather than 2-3 in the states.  All the girls live together and all the guys live together. In the states it was split up by gender and year. It’s also a lot different because a lot of young people here in Guatemala cant get a job so unlike the states interns don’t work so it’s all up the parents to pay the tuition. Also they don’t have cars and they don’t live close to any big places so they are literally home all the time. Except for classes and church, then we all hop into la Chata (the van la chata is its name) and we drive as far as 15 to 30 min to get to classes or church.  Both girls and guys eat lunch together. Both houses cook and they meet upstairs in the boys house and eat and fellowship together. When you leave the table you have to say Gracias (thank you) and they all say provecho in return. If you dont say either its kinda rude. Also they get like 3 hours for lunch and they always make something amazing since they have the time. I remember so many times making lunch and racing to class shoving food down my throat because I didn’t like to just through something together I wanted something good.
Intern theater is different as well. In the states we have tons of props and a lot of scene changes to master. Here it is very simple as far as props and no scene changes due to traveling. The interns travel all over the city and country putting on their play.

THE INTERNS:
The count: 1 second yr guy, 7 first yr guys, 5 second yr girls and 4 first yr girls. I think ?! I’m kinda tired right now. Well like I said in my last update they are very patient and welcoming. 3 speak English but only 2 feel comfortable to use it with me. I am very proud of them. The second years seem so much different than last year. They’re softer and more open, I love seeing the difference. They are so lovable and all very funny. It is still hard for us to communicate but it is getting easier as the days pass. We have a lot of the same conversations several times a day because they want to talk to me but I only know how to say a few things. I do understand a lot but the challenge is responding. I don’t know how many times they ask me how I am just to talk. They all are very unique and I love each of them.

OUTREACHES AND NEW EXPERIENCES:
Destino is big on outreaches which I love. I Wish we could have done more in the states but here they have a lot. They go to the closest mall and minister to the taxi drivers, travel 3 hours to pray over people at churches, go to hospitals …. The biggest outreach I’ve been on with them was Salalma. We drove to a town called Salama and ministered in their church and local market place. It was the first time I had seen people be slain in the spirit. I know not a lot people know what to think about this topic but I’ve seen it and experience God do it through me. It’s different here than in the states. People need so much more and they know just how needy they are and they have so much faith that God wants to help them. The first night I saw this guy pray over people and almost all of them were slain in the spirit. I was thinking wow, he has a lot of authority. For some reason I was pinning him to things I was seeing and not the true power of God. I was so intrigued to see this guy pray over people and I was thinking I wish God would use me like that, he just doesn’t.  Later he pulled me over knowing I didn’t know Spanish he placed one of my hands on a ladys shoulder and  the other on her stomach he said pray. As I was praying he walked away and another lady came and stood behind the lady I was praying for just waiting for her to fall over. I was thinking that’s never going to happen, then I put all of those thoughts aside and focused on praying for this dear lady in front of me . I didn’t really know what to pray for since I couldn’t ask her so I prayed for her health needs family, etc.. Then the Lord led me to pray for other things in this moment she started to cry and shortly after fell over, she got slain in the spirit. I didn’t know what to think at that moment. I was shocked. Our last day in Salama the church asked all of Destino to pray over people. I walked around praying but not for anyone particular. It’s hard because people want to tell you what they need and I couldn’t communicate. Later Adam and one of the first yr boys came and got me and asked me to pray for this beautiful woman who was deaf. They told me some of her history. She was born deaf and always struggled with her value and had some problems at home due to her disability. They told me that during that weekend she had been prayed over by a lot of people and she has started to hear a little bit each time. They were about to pray for her fiancé  who learned sign language because he fell in love with her. I was touched by her story and excited to pray for her not knowing what would happen after the last time I prayed over someone. I prayed for her and my heart grew for her she was such a beautiful lady and I could feel Gods love for her. I prayed for her and her family and started  to pray for healing I put my hands on her ears and she cried and cried and then fell to the ground. I don’t really know what happens when people get slain in the spirit but they seem to be in a peaceful sleep. After some time she got up and hugged me and just cried for a bit and then signed thank you to me and went to find her fiancé. I couldn’t tell you how I felt. My heart was full and God is amazing that’s all I can say.

INTERN THEATER IS HERE:
it feels like I just finished months of interns theater, well because I did. Intern theater round 3! They have been practicing  a lot and although I don’t understand a lot of what they say it is hilarious. They are all very good actors and their play is really funny. I am doing sound for the play, I am excited to travel with them around the country and see people’s hearts change.  Our first show is this Sunday.

SEASONS: There are only two seasons here in Guatemala. Rainy and Hot. That’s it! Right now were in the rainy season and I LOVE it. It reminds of monsoon season in Arizona but better. Real thunder and lightning storms and when it rains it RAINS! I love it. Closer to the coast it is extremely humid and it’s hard to stay dry. It’s gross and not my favorite. The weather goes from rainy to hot in a day. I never know what’s going to happen so it’s mandatory to leave the house with a hoodie in hand.

MY PLACE/ROOM:
I am blessed to be living with Laura Kadera. She graduated her second year in the states right before I did first year. She works with destino and has opened her house to me. I have my own room and bathroom which is such a blessing after the last two years of sharing a house and one bathroom with 6 other girls. Although I loved the experience and the girls it is nice to have your own space. In Novemeber Laura is getting married so I will be moving into the intern house for about a week til they graduate.

FOOD:
After my last update I ended up getting sick. My body was getting used to the new foods and different bacteria. I was sick for two weeks and couldn’t keep any food in my body. I got a little weak and i felt like k was starving and i could do nothing to fix it. It was rough but I am over it now and have been able to eat anything and not get sick. The food here is good but lacks spice which is my favorite! Everything here is pretty bland. The interns warn me when something is spicy but I can’t taste it at all. They love tortillas. They are eaten with every meal even if it is spaghetti; and they like to put everything in the tortillas. Spaghetti In a tortilla and even ants can be found in a tortilla. I had a bite of some ants wrapped in a tortilla, its not something I’ll ant again but hey I tried it. They also love sweet bread (pan dulce) they probably eat it 2 or 3 times a day like with breakfast or coffee. Their not used to cookies and candy for dessert; they grew up with sweet bread. I’m already tired of it I usually only eat it like once a week with coffee. Also black beans are the favorite here. Refried black beans can be found on your plate for any meal including breakfast. Your not supposed to drink the water here. It is not very clean even the locals don’t drink it and when you go out and ask for water you are given a bottle of water with a cup and it’s not free.

COCA-COLA:
Yes, it deserves it’s very own category! Yum… It is a lot better here. Yeah that might sound crazy but it is made with real sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup which provides a much better taste. The only thing I’m not quite sure about is that they recycle the glass bottles which is kind of gross to me but oh well.

THE BUGS:
There are a lot of bugs that find their way into the houses. I am currently covered in bug bites. I counted last night out of curiosity I have 9 bites on my left foot/ankle, 8 on the other and 3 on my back. I don’t think there has been a time I haven’t had bug bites since I got here. A week and a half ago we were in Salama and i got a pretty nasty spider bite on my arm and theres still a mark. Ah, the adventures of being in a different country.

THE STRUGGLES AND REVELATIONS:
Communicating has been a struggle but I am understanding a lot. It’s a lot easier for me to understand than talk. I don’t quite know how to form sentences and what verbs to use as it is different than an English.  Learning a new language is like being a child again. People talk slower and think its so cute when you say something new in their language. It’s definitely humbling to try to communicate because I know I sound like a child with bad grammar. Its funny because someone will ask me a question and ill understand all but one word and ill tell them i dont know that word so they say the same question louder and slower. It doesn’t help. But they think it does. My dictionary has been my best friend this last week as we try to communicate more. But it’s all a process.
The guys left about two weeks ago and that has been hard for me. When I left Roseville I thought for sure I would cry saying goodbye to everyone  but I didn’t and I couldn’t figure out why. A week before Adam and David left I learned why. Inside of me I knew they were going with me and they held all of home for me. I transitioned really well and felt at home immediately. When they left I felt like there was a whole in my heart. You see it wasn’t them but for me they represented all my friends and family and home and when they left it all went with them. I was alone! It was rough and I think I was depressed for like a week. I forced myself to have s tremendous amount of extra quiet time. After all I wasn’t really alone but it is hard to be physically alone. I am not sure if you can grasp this feeling that I’m trying to explain. I new that this day was coming but I didn’t think it would be as hard as it was and still is. All I know is that God has to be my everything and this is something I have been trying to grasp for quite some time now. I want to be at the point that I can be completely alone and be joyful. This is where I am headed. I know my life will be full of me being alone in the nations and it’s learning time. Over the last seven months God have been giving me a greater revelation on his love, His pure love and it’s power. I’m learning that loving is so much more than any word I can say.

MY ADVICE TO YOU:
If you have a heart to be a missionary hear me out. I know to a lot of people it sounds like this great idea. A time full of adventure, full of excitement and new things. Reality check: it’s not just an idea, it’s a calling. Please pray about your your decisions because if you are not called i believe it will be a very easy way to lose focus and get picked of by the enemy. I know that I am called to be a full time missionary and this is the beginning for me. I’ll be honest it’s HARD. it is an exciting adventure but way different than you can imagine. After about 3 weeks or a month the excitement of being in a new country and a new adventure and season with the Lord starts to wear off. It becomes day to day life and it’s hard to stay focused. I have to take day by day keeping my eyes set on him and the Heart He has for these interns. I know I am supposed to be here and as long as I am here I will fight for my call here. It’s been a real struggle but it brings you into a new relationship with God, when your completely broken and have nothing. That’s where I am. Alone, broken, homesick,can’t communicate… But in this weakest spot Jesus shines through. He is my strength. It’s funny because I had so many leaders tell me about these points I will have as I missionary but it’s like when people tell you things so you can learn from their mistakes and most of the time you just have to make the same mistake to fully understand. I thought I understood and I would be ready to face it but I wasn’t. I  know this is a refining season for me and I am excited to see the other end.

One Week In..

Today I have been here one week. It is a lot different for me this time around. Last year I was very emotional and struggled with culture shock as it was my first time out of the country. This year I knew what I was getting myself into and it has been a easier transition. The language barrier is still hard but its a process! I am happy to say that the girls were all very welcoming and they go out of their way to make me feel loved. Last year some of the girls were turned off to the idea of someone coming from the states and being a leader and that is a hard thing to deal with. I was surprised to see them all so grateful that we came to help them and they seem ready to receive. 🙂

I have tried a whole bunch of food and I LOVE IT!! I also tried some street food and luckily my stomach has been good. One of the second year girls loves chicken feet and she is excited to make it for me next month. :/ she is excited but im kinda nervous, but hey you cant go to a different country and not try all this food!

I know this is kinda random and short but I am trying to update real quick before we have to leave. I will update next week! LOve you all!!! Thank you for all your prayers

What an adventure so far….

Where to start?!

On Monday June 25th we headed to the airport with our bags, passports and standby tickets to Guatemala. When we checked in we were told the flight was full, hoping 3 people wouldn’t show up we went through security and waited at our gate. Luckily, we heard our names and boarded the flight to L.A. Now this is where the adventure really begins!

Once we got to L.A we had to wait til 12 am to hear whether or not we would get on our flight to Guatemala. We sat eagerly watching everyone board the plane. Unfortunately, they don’t tell you that your not getting on the flight they just close the door and you watch your plane leave without you. 🙁 We did this for 3 nights. We slept in the airport the first night. The airport is my least favorite place to sleep. The lights are on all night, people are vacuuming…. definitely not ideal.  The next day my grandparents called and got us a hotel room for two night so we weren’t living in the airport for a week. The next few days were an emotional roller coaster for me. It was really hard for me to never get a flight and to just sit and wait. On thursday we found out that we were 14, 15, and 16 on the standby list; we realized that it was going to be a really  long time before we were going to get a flight out so we ended up buying tickets. Due to our different departure dates we ended up getting different flights. I ended up flying to Houston, TX that night and the guys spent one more night in LA. I spent the night in Texas and then boarded my flight to Guatemala the next morning.  The guys ended up flying into Mexico and spent the night and arrived in Guatemala the day after I did. shesh…. At least we are finally in Guatemala!!

 

Update :)

Praise report: I have been blessed with all I needed plus a little extra to get to Guatemala. I have also been blessed with approximately $200 monthly support which  covers my rent while I am there. So it’s official i am moving to Guatemala as a missionary on Monday.

I am going for 6 months (that is as long as I can stay in the country)  I am currently praying about applying for temporary residency which will allow me  up to 2 yrs in the country. It is a lot of extra steps so pleasekeep that in prayer. Also 2 of my friends who just graduated the internship with me are going for one month so pleasekeep both Adam and David in your prayers. The three of us are flying standby to please pray for favor.If we miraculously get on both flights we will arrive Tuesday morning at 6 am.

this is a very exciting season for me as I have been dreaming about this for almost 6 years now and it’s finally at my door!

Thank you for all of your support and  being apart of this. it means the world to me that you are standing with me.

If you would like to support me please shoot me an email or look at the last post.

Will you join me?

 

Dear friends and family,

I want to first thank you for all of your prayers and support over the last two years. Graduation is around the corner and what an excitement it is. The last two years have changed my life; I’m sad the internship is almost over but also very excited to walk into a new season. As you may know in June I am going to be moving to Guatemala City, Guatemala. I will be working at Destino our sister program  as a leader, helping with administration and occasional teaching. I am so excited to step into this new season with the Lord. Ever since my trip to Guatemala last year I have been praying for the opportunity to return and pour into the interns lives. I would not be who I am today without Gods work in my life over the last two years. I want to see the men and women of Guatemala experience Gods loving work as I did. I have a heart to speak value and worth over the women and honor and truth over the men. This will be a dream come true for me; for the last 7 years I have been praying and fighting for this opportunity and it is finally at my door. 

I will be heading to Guatemala at the end of June. I will stay as long as God wants me there. I am asking that you will partner with  me by praying and/or helping me financially. I am believing God for $2,500 by June 15th , and to have a few monthly supporters. I will need about $300 month. I will be sending out monthly update emails during my stay in Guatemala to keep you all involved in this new season. You can also subscribe to my blog which will also be updated at avoiceinthewind.missionsplace.com/ .  You can send any financial support to Danielle Meyering 725 vernon street Roseville, Ca 95678. Please make checks out to The Rock of Roseville and dont put anything in the memo that way it will be tax deductible :)If you would like to support me monthly please let me know so i can send you the detailed information. Thank you so much for your love and support .

Love,

 Megan Weber

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)


New Update

In less than a month I will be graduating from my second year of the Table Internship. We are now in intern theater season. For the last few weeks I have been apart of editing team writing our play. Editing team means a lot of long nights and no sleep. I am always amazed at how amazing God is. In my weakest times He is always there with so much grace. I have one more week of work then I will be using my new free time to start packing my things.

I am planning on going to Guatemala around the 25th of June. I ask that you would all pray for the finances to roll in and the Lord to prepare me for this new season.

Update

 

Family and Friends,
2012 is here and it’s a year of much excitement and new journeys. I am half way through my last year of The Table Internship and a lot of things are in store. These last couple months I have experienced what it means to be a leader; to sacrifice your wants and yourself for others, to counsel and truly love beyond your capacity. It has been challenging, if there is one thing I’ve learned(still learning) is that not everyone is going to agree with the way you lead. I am learning that I can’t please everyone. It’s just not possible and that’s okay. I am also leaning that Jesus is always enough. I’m learning how to pull myself out of my insecurities,sadness and, anger and to take that to God and let Him pour into me. 
There’s 5 months of the internship left. We have 2 more team building intensives and intern theater headed our way. This time of year it gets super busy, once intern theater hits it flys by and it’s seems like graduation will be in a couple days. I have been working at Target as a Starbucks barista and a cashier. It has been a blessingabe to have a little extra money for tuition. 
In June I plan to move to Guatemala City, Guatemala to help with our sister program. I will be a house parent, taking care of all the household things and of course roommate drama. I will also be teaching classes and evaluating the interns. It will cost me aprox. $230 a month for everything (which I a m saving up for). This opportunity is a dream come true for me, I’ve be wanting and felt called to missionary work for 7 years now. It’s amazing to see it at my door. 
I want to thank all of you for your support over the last year and half and for your future support. Thank you for never giving up on me but always pouring into me. Please keep praying for me and pray about supporting me financially. I have two $700 payments to make. One was due last week, I came up very short after a monthly $300 payment. The other is due in March. I know times are tough so please pray with me. Any donations can be sent to Danielle Meyering 725 Vernon street Roseville, Ca 95678. Checks can be made out to The Rock of Roseville, if you leave the memo blank you will receive a tax write off. Once again thank you so much for all that you do. I am greatly appreciated.
Love you all, Megan Weber

A new journey

Well guys its official, In June I will be embarking on a new journey. I will be making a move to Guatemala to serve Destino our sister internship in Guatemala city. 

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