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Postby Tim Bonney » Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:34 am

Many of you would have been hearing about the volcanic eruptions in Guatemala and the loss of life there in the past few days.

Well, First UMC Indianola is supposed to be sending a group to Guatemala and landing at the airport that is about 25 miles from the volcano that was shut down twice this week due to eruptions. I'm attending this trip with 13 other persons, several of them college and high school students.

We are supposed to leave on the 22nd of June. So now we are following the news closely and try to discern if we will be able to make the trip or not.

I thought about a lot of contingencies. Volcanos wasn't one of them. :-(
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Re: Guatelama

Postby Dave Roberts » Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:16 pm

Praying for the trip and for the people in harm's way.
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Re: Guatelama

Postby Haruo » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:12 pm

My niece in Guatemala is luckily about two and a half hours from the volcano, and hasn't even suffered ashfall. Will keep your group and the area in prayer.
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Re: Guatelama

Postby Tim Bonney » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:09 pm

Thanks for the prayers! If it wasn’t for the location of the airport, the mission we are going to also has experienced no ash fall. The airport situation is really the iffy thing right now.
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Re: Guatelama

Postby Sandy » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:11 pm

Tim Bonney wrote:Thanks for the prayers! If it wasn’t for the location of the airport, the mission we are going to also has experienced no ash fall. The airport situation is really the iffy thing right now.


Are you flying into Guatemala City? There are several volcanoes not too far out. I remember flying in there years ago for a mission trip, and seeing several out the window of the plain, with their little plumes of smoke. Hope it clears out.
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Re: Guatelama

Postby Tim Bonney » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:53 pm

Yes, we are flying into Guatemala City. Right now there continue to be issues at the volcano that has been erupting but, nothing that seems to be effecting the airport or the mission we are visiting.

We are going to a small village called San Lucas Toliman. The mission is actually run by the Roman Catholic Church.

We finally decided that we would make a final decision by the 18th of June. That is the Monday before we are to leave on the 22nd. I think it is likely we will go and I also think it is possible that a few people will decide to not go. So we may travel with a smaller group.

I’ve done enough international traveling to know that delays can happen and you just have to roll with it as long as it is nothing dangerous.
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Re: Guatelama

Postby Sandy » Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:36 pm

Guatemala City has a pretty modern airport, not big, but pretty nice for Central America. I was there when I was in college, for a week, helping build a building for a church in Chichicastenango. It was quite an experience. We rode a commercial bus up there, up narrow mountain roads. The bus was an old American school bus, plywood where the fabric once was on the seats, no glass in any of the windows, including the windshield, and the locals rode 4 to a seat. The electricity in the town went off at 7 p.m. each evening. I will never forget, in a place that seemed like the end of the world, there was a corner grocery store that sold Coke and 7-up. The church building that we built was basically framework covered with corrugated tin. We insulated the interior walls and put up wallboard, they had one window air unit. It seemed that the benches would only hold about 150 people but somehow they crammed 300 in there for the building dedication on Sunday. Wonderful people. Gigantic bugs and lizards.
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Re: Guatelama

Postby Tim Bonney » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:09 pm

The Lord willing, I’ll see the airport on the 22nd of June. We are going to San Lucas Toliman. The mission we are visiting is a Roman Catholic Mission that we have a connection with through Simpson College. There is some Methodist work in the Guatemala City area too.
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Re: Guatelama

Postby KeithE » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:35 am

Tim Bonney wrote:The Lord willing, I’ll see the airport on the 22nd of June. We are going to San Lucas Toliman. The mission we are visiting is a Roman Catholic Mission that we have a connection with through Simpson College. There is some Methodist work in the Guatemala City area too.


Good luck Tim. A lot of turmoil in Guatemala. Let us know any thing might find out about that turmoil and migration attempts into the USA.

Recent Event in San Lucas Toliman: [url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Lucas_Tolimán#21st_century[/url]

Is this the Roman Catholic Mission?
[url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Lucas_Tolimán#20th_century:_San_Lucas_Mission]San Lucas Mission[/url]

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Re: Guatelama

Postby Tim Bonney » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:34 am

Thanks Keith! Yes, this is a Roman Catholic Mission we are visiting. Simpson College has connections through a previous trip so our church connected up with this location through them. They are doing really good work in medical, agricultural, and several other missional projects in the area. This will be our church’s 4th trip there. The volcano this time complicated our travel plans. But all seems to be coming together.
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