February 2023 was the return of in-person work trips for First UMC Loveland, and it was good to be back! This year we were delighted to join with Longs Peak UMC in nearby Longmont, as well as a few folks who don’t attend either church.
Together we were able to accomplish far more work than we would have otherwise. We were able to form long chains to move building materials up the hill at both sites. As we traded spots to relieve one another from a difficult position, or chatted and laughed as we passed heavy objects to each other, I got the sense of how much we depended on one another. And not just us travelers; the construction crew, translators, drivers, families we were serving…I was struck by the true interdependence of all of us.
We worked hard on this trip, and we traveled hard. I was exhausted when I returned. But I made new friends, got to know people even better than before, and laughed a lot. Words are insufficient to describe the blessing of Guatemala and of a Pura Vida work trip.