Posted by: susankayjones | August 28, 2010

warm welcomes…

friday night, our team arrived safely and “sound?”ly in guatemala city with all luggage in tact and definitely a little tired from weepy goodbyes and alot of waiting around in the airport!

when we stepped off the plane…it was a little surreal, to say the least. as we landed, i felt a little apprehensive…this is my new home…yikes!

after collecting all our luggage (praise God!) and making it through customs with no problems, we were greeted by Carol, one of the staff members of Casa de Libertad and Francisco and Carol Bendefelt, pastors at Casa de Libertad. immediately…they began to make us feel at home.

they ushered us to the cars, loaded us up and immediately took us out to a wonderful restaurant…being sure to point out items of interest along the way. after enjoying a great meal and fellowship, we headed to the orphanage, where we will be spending the next few days until our house is ready for move in.

upon arrival at the orphanage, we were given awesome welcome baskets with all sorts of snacks, several of which were a little taste of the US—-just to let us know we weren’t too far from home!

the best news on friday night? that tomorrow (saturday-today), would be a “girls day” and we “the carols” would show us around town. we were also urged to sleep in, get rest and “do not rush” getting up in the morning. ahhh…music to our ears!

and that’s exactly what happened. this morning, we slept in, enjoyed coffee and a visit with the woman who runs the orphanage carol (yes, a 3rd carol), and her daughter, carol (who picked us up). all i have to say is…YUM to guatemalan coffee! πŸ™‚

later we visited what i call the guatemalan versions of sam’s club (pricemart-first pic below) and walmart (hyper paiz-second pic below). they have everything imaginable here, and we felt very comforted to know that we will have no problems finding things we need to cook, furnish the house, etc.

then, they took us to the mall that is nearby our house/the church. it’s a really nice mall, and i found one store particularly awesome..

haha…for those who know me, you are laughing right now! πŸ™‚

then…they took us to our new house! we’re waiting on a few essential things (refrigerator/stove), and then we will hopefully get to move in! πŸ™‚ the house is AMAZING! we love the neighborhood and feel very safe there…here are some pictures:

the street view…

(carol and francisco pictured)

a little park at the end of our street…

all in all…a great day of getting the feel of our new city. i think the only non-warm thing about our welcome has been the weather!!! it has been SO niceΒ to not be sweating 24/7 :).

more later…

tomorrow is church and then monday, we leave for a church retreat for a few days. keep praying for us!!! transition is going well, but definitely alot to take in!



  1. yahoo! I am so glad you got there safely and things were already hopping in the new digs… It looks like you will be quite comfortable there and in a safe place. I am so excited for you!!! Praying for you and thinking of you very often, pls be careful, need a sue sue around for a long time! Much love sweet susan!

  2. Love the update! And I did start laughing when you mentioned Hallmark! I hope the retreat goes well and that you start to adjust quite nicely! Love you and the spirit seems to have you on my mind and heart so often!

    Ly to the las.

  3. Susan,

    Thanks so much for this update! So glad to hear you all got there safely and with everything you left with!

    I am glad you liked Pricesmart & Hiper Paiz! I thought you might feel a little more at ease after shopping there!

    Looking forward to hearing more! Thanks for everything!

    Hasta luego!

  4. So fun to hear an update! Your new house looks great!! Glad you’ve been so supported as you take everything in. Praying for you!

  5. THE BEST UPDATE!!!! Keep them coming! πŸ™‚ Love your house and oh my, a HALLMARK. Have a great time on the retreat…i am so happy to read this today. Love you and thinking about you so much!

  6. Praise the Lord for your first couple days in Guatemala! And thank you for such a wonderful update. The pictures are great- I can’t WAIT to come use that kitchen!! πŸ™‚ what a blessing!

    I look forward to hearing about your retreat- should be a such a wonderful bonding experience with your new team.

    I love you friend!!!


  7. Yes! Great post and thank you for the pictures. Know that you are loved and prayed for by many back in Texas. Always let us know if you need anything. God bless.

  8. ESTA BIEN!!! I am so glad to hear from you!! I’ve been thinking about you so much and wondering how it all is. Thank you for this, its so great!! I love it all! I’m anxious to hear about Language School!! Have your pic by my phone and praying for you!

  9. Thanks for the wonderful update! I’m so excited everything seems to have gone smoothly so far and that you’ve been cared for so well. Know that you are all loved here. Keep the good posts coming. Praying for you.

  10. so exciting to hear about everything and so encouraging to know what you are doing to further the kingdom! Know that we are praying for you. Enjoy every minute — what a great opportunity that God has called you to.

  11. Glad to hear that things are going smoothly so far. It’s a good thing that your underwear and toothbrush made it!! Get settled in and rest when you can. Love you, Betty W.

  12. You wore the hat!! I love that. Everything (house, shopping, etc.) looks GREAT, and I am so thankful you all got there safe and sound.

    We love you and are praying for you as I drink sweet tea from my tervis! Prayers going up daily.

    Much love to you (& Alisha and Hannah!). Enjoy your retreat!

  13. Wish I was coming over for some coffee! Did my heart good to see you three ladies! Love your house πŸ™‚ Miss you!

  14. Glad to see you guys are finally there safe and sound. Cool house. Can we come visit?

  15. Sue- Shannon has begun to follow your journey and is keeping me updated! After reading your post today I had to write. Just yesterday, she was expressing how admirable it is to see the courage you have had in taking the steps to move toward this calling and I couldnt agree more. We are inspired by your faithfulness. Thanks for all the great communication you are offering those of us as a window to the work of God in you. Carry on the good work!

  16. We love you Susan! We were praying for you this weekend! Thank you for the pics…brought back so many memories.Dice hola a Alisha y Hannah para nosotros!

    te amo mucho!

  17. Susan, is there a way to remove my last name off first comment? Thanks Bets

    • HI Susan! We love you very much. We were praying this weekend and are rejoicing in this answer to prayer for you all. Give Alisha and Hannah a hug from the b team.

      Te amo mucho,

    • done! πŸ™‚
      we love you guys!!!!!
      thanks for your comments!
      enjoying greenvegas? πŸ™‚

  18. Thank you so much for your post and the pictures!! It’s so nice to see where you will be living and helps me picture you there when I pray. We miss you at PCA but are excited about your new journey. We love you! – Meg

  19. Seriously? That’s your house?!

    I’m pretty sure I want to live there! Wow!

    How cool that you are getting this great welcome from new family and friends! See, your family is expanding all the time.

    Charlie Kate is blowing you a kiss and (this is new) winking at you. πŸ™‚

    Love you!!

  20. Know that you are covered in prayer, S! We all LOVE you so much and are anxiously awaiting the next post πŸ˜‰
    PS, surprise skype date on Saturday night – awe.some. There must be more. Soon.

  21. that is awesome. i’m sure you are going to be loving it and find affirmations at every turn… love you.

  22. Hi Susan…I’m a new friend of your mom’s…we are in a Precept class together. She is keeping me up to date on everything….she still had a little tear in her eye yesterday, but it was a happy tear! We will be praying for you as you continue on your journey….can’t wait to hear all the wonderful things that God is going to do through you and your team.

  23. Soooooooooo they do have post-it notes in other parts of the world. Who knew???? Love the house, love the park, love the neighborhood, love YOU! Hope the retreat is great. My Bible Study is praying for you! Yea! Going to K’ville on Sat. to watch the Noles. Will miss you!

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