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“For I was hungry and you gave me food.” Matt. 25:35

Friday, February 7

Guatemala, continued

Rachel Lee, a YAV in Guatemala from 2012 to 2013, celebrates her birthday with her Guatemalan host family. Photo by Marcia Towers




Rachel Lee, a YAV in Guatemala from 2012 to 2013, celebrates her birthday with her Guatemalan host family.


Photo by Marcia Towers


PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs) have come each fall to Guatemala to spend a year living with families, participating in the life of a local church, and working in different outreach programs. It’s delightful to see how their time in Guatemala is like a Sabbath year. Coming from US culture, which often celebrates “weekday” values of being useful and achieving as most important, YAVs grow tremendously by living into the importance that God puts on Sabbath values. YAVs stop the constant hurry in order to pay attention to life, take time for prayer, invest in relationships with people who are different from them, live in a just way that lets not only them but the whole creation rest and be renewed, and align what’s most important to them with what they spend most of their energy doing. The point of the YAV year, like the point of Sabbath, is not to take a break—the point is to be changed. In Guatemala, transformation might happen for YAVs while riding on a “chicken bus,” calling a Mayan woman host “my mom,” or spending each day teaching children who work at the market. It might happen in learning from a member of a women’s cooperative how to weave a scarf and how little money she makes for this art. Or it might happen in the personal growth that comes from the weakness of being the “foreigner.”

Marcia Towers, PC(USA) mission coworker, Quetzaltenango

Let us join in prayer for:


National Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Guatemala (IENPG): Rev. Isaías García, permanent secretary, Rev. Ivan Paz, moderator

Presbytery Partnerships

Presbyteries of Albany, Cincinnati, Flint River, Heartland, Inland Northwest, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota Valleys, Mission, New Castle, Peace River, South Alabama, and Western North Carolina, with the IENPG; Presbyteries of Greater Atlanta, New Covenant, and the Peaks, with CEDEPCA

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Pamela Burdine, PMA
Lon Burke, BOP

Let us pray

Creator Lord, today we remember this year’s Young Adult Volunteers and pray for their journeys. We also thank you for setting an example of resting on the seventh day. Help us to use Sabbath time to allow ourselves to be changed, to reflect on what is important in life, to grow our relationship with you, and to live in paths of justice. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 84; 148
First Reading Genesis 24:1-27
Second Reading Hebrews 12:3-11
Gospel Reading John 7:1-13
Evening Psalms 25; 40

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