Here are the plans for this visit's travelers: Carrie Bridgman, Soni Castleberry, Sharon Kutz-Mellem and Elisa Owen
The purpose of this visit is to send CHPC women to be with the Presbyterian Women of our partnership presbytery -- Presbiterial Q'eqchi' Esotreno Izabal.-- during their annual assembly. Women in Guatemala still have a difficult time serving in leadership positions even within the women's groups. Our presence helps to support their efforts, as we also model how women are in ministry in our church and in presbyteries in the U.S. We will be bringing them greetings from the CHPC Presbyterian Women, and hopefully, confirming with them receipt of the $1,350 that CHPC has directed toward the work of their presbytery.
Enrique will take the travel group to Hotel Carmen, 9 03001, 3a Avenida Norte. http://www.
elcarmenhotel.com/. Their phone # is 502-7832 3850. The women will have a quad room. Enrique lives not far away so he will go home for dinner and the night with his family. CHPC travelers have stayed here before. It is owned by the brother of Carlos Lara who was our visiting pastor the summer that our partnership began over 10 years ago. We will have time that afternoon to explore some of Antiqua. We will also call the Guatemalan Presbyterian Office (IENPG) in Guatemala City to check on the status of the CHPC funds that were sent to them for transfer to our partners. At , Carlos' son, Carlito, his new wife Irma, their son Sebastian, and Carlito's sister Ana, will have dinner with us.
ttp://brunoshotel.com. The women will have a quad room together (two doubles and a bunk bed. Enrique will be staying at the hotel too. We will have dinner that night at the hotel.- Breakfast is included at the hotel. After eating, if we have time, we'll look around the city a little more before checking out of the hotel at least by mid-morning to get to Rio Dulce before dark. There, we will be staying at Bruno's hotel ht
We will be staying this night and the next sleeping on the church floors with all the other women. This is where Gerardo Pop Ich pastors now. He was instrumental in helping form our partnership when he was the pastor at Arca de Noe Iglesia in El Estor and was president of the presbytery.
http://hostaldedonpedro.com/, where we stayed on CHPC's 2016 partnership visit. It is located at 4ta. Avenida 3-25 Zona 1, 01001. The phone # is 502-2285-3434. The women will have two double rooms. This hotel is near the center city so we will have some time for sightseeing in the capitol. We plan to have dinner with Rubenia Sanchez, who was our interpreter last year, and Moses, her husband to be. Rubenia is the Guatemalan staff with Living Waters, a program based in Elizabethtown KY, that we may work with as our partners have expressed greater concern about the safety of their water supply.- We will leave this morning in time to get back to Guatemala City at a reasonable time. We will be staying at Hostal de Don Pedro,
p.m.to arrive safely in Louisville at- We will need to be up early for our included breakfast at the hotel. Enrique will then have us to the airport no later than We leave on Flight 906 at for a arrival in Atlanta. We'll have a long layover in Atlanta, but will be on Flight 2491 at
Those of us traveling are very excited about our opportunity to represent CHPC with our partners on this visit. It is wonderful to have two Spanish speakers on this visit thus no need for a Spanish translator this year. We will rely on our sisters in Presbyterian Women to translate back and forth for us in Q'eqchi, the native Mayan language that most of the women speak. If any of you reading this have any questions about the visit, please feel free to email me, or text or call me at 502-417-6481.
Thanks so much for your help in support of this visit. Please keep us and our Guatemalan sisters in your prayers. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you.