By Greg Ward:
Friday was the beach getaway daty that the McClain’s had been keeping secret for a few months. Lori and I spoke with Matt and Brooke during our planning seesions back in April and they thought a beach day for the staff would be a great blessing. Matt asked if we wanted to “take 2 vans or rent a Chicken Bus? Because I have a Chicken Bus guy who is really trustworthy and we could all fit together.” Of course we had to do the Guatemalan Chicken Bus adventure, would you pass up a chicken bus to the beach? 🙂
We are in Antigua during the calm before the storm for the staff: The last class is gone, the next students arrive in July and we are one of the few teams that arrive while they aren’t running the Ignite program and hosting short term mission teams. We have been praying for opportunities to refresh the staff while they have a lull in the schedule. The beach day fit the bill perfectly. We took a total of 23 to the beach and paid for access to a beachfront resort/beach with pools, restaurant and cabana style buildings for shade in the hot summer sun. Some were a bit burnt, others survived with little damage and all enjoyed the day. Many of the staff were surprised and blessed that we wanted to take them along. It was a great way to get to know some of the interns and additional staff that have come alongside Matt and Brooke since last year.
We left at 7:30 am, drove 3 1/2 hrs to the beach, played in the surf, ate lunch together, played more in the rolling waves of Guatemala’s Pacific ocean, swam in the infinity pools, headed home at 6:00pm, grabbed 10 Dominoes pizzas and ate in the Chicken Bus as we headed for home. Arrived back to PFM facility at 9:30. Long day but sweet fellowship and mission accomplished, safe and sound.
See if you can find some way to refresh those near to you while they are in the calm before the storm. Ask God to show you who and how you can be a blessing to those around you today. Until next time, thank you for your prayers, and God bless.
“Behold how Good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” Psalms 133:1