Well here we are… safe and sound in Guatemala. I cannot begin to express how strange I am feeling being here. We had plans. We should have known better…. hahaha. Things rarely work out the way we plan them. Normally I am really great at contingency plans. Being in a foreign country however has me feeling a tad paralyzed at the moment. I am more homesick than I have ever been in my entire life but I know that will pass and is mainly a product of the uncertainty that surrounds us right now.

It all began yesterday… flight delays and minor setbacks had us awake and on the go for basically 2 days with no sleep…. We got through it. Then upon arrival the hotel we had planned to be at the entire time we learned they changed the rules… seems they don’t want to play anymore. Missionaries or not they are ripping us off. Upon arrival it seems the price more than tripled. That is not acceptable but despite our original agreement they won’t budge. So we are at a different hotel for the time being. A very different hotel without any frills. It’s ok… hot water is a Canadian luxury after all right? I am preparing mentally for 6 months here and I know I can do it. It won’t be easy… but it is what it is. We are looking right now at homes to rent. Perhaps we can find one but if we don’t then we simply deal with what we have and be thankful. It’s already leaps and bounds beyond what most Guatemalan people have.

Isn’t it funny how we can be missionaries and still be totally mortified at the thought of no hot water for months…. Makes me stop and re-think my priorities. As much as I hate to admit it, I want hot water! But why? Do I deserve it more than others here? No…. but I still want it. A part of me deep down sort of hopes that we perhaps don’t find a house… and that I live without this luxury… as a learning experience about myself and how far I am willing to sacrifice. I guess I am also worried about the volunteers that will be coming. How will they react if we are still in this hotel? It is no-frills… but it is safe…. it has beds… it is clean… it is totally all we could ever need…. but…. will they be happy… will they be upset?  Crazy that I am thinking that…. and worrying… after all… isn’t this whole experience all about sacrifice?  If you are a volunteer and you are coming…. prepare yourself… this could be more than you bargained for… but while I cannot promise hot water… I can promise an experience you will never ever forget!!!


About ritadoppenberg

I am a wife, mom, missionary.... generally a human being who along with God, my family, friends and Commission to Every Nation (CTEN) Canada, seek to "Be The Change"...

Posted on December 9, 2011, in Guatemala Missionary, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I can just hear Geoff saying “Suck it up Princess” and if he didn’t I am saying it now:) Stop worrying about your volunteers. They will survive and will enjoy the true Guatemalan experience. Plus…most likely they have read this post and will know to be prepared. Madison read it last night and said, “Where are we staying when we go?” I told her in an authentic Guatemalan house made of mud bricks. She said, “Mom, that would be so cool, I am so excited!” So if she has running hot water she will be disappointed! Rita, it is all about expectations:)

    Seriously though, we are praying for you guys. Stay focused on why your there, never forgetting the path that God has led you and His faithfulness along the way. Lean into the strength that comes from our Him, who loves and adores you. Rest in Him and enjoy the adventure He has you on.


    • hahahaha thanks Soph… always the voice of reason. Basically I just wanted people to be prepared and now they are! Lack of sleep and many frustrations got to all of us yesterday… and you know how that goes… you then pick every little thing to destroy your day. Just because we are grown up’s doesn’t mean we can’t be dramatic sometimes hahahahaha. God has this and despite some setbacks we are enjoying every single minute! Love to you all xoxo

  2. One step at a time…

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