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by Tammy Barbour

Have you given much thought to the art of handling cash when visiting multiple countries? I call it an art because you want to have enough local currency to get you through to the current country you are exploring with some left over to convert to the next country’s currency as well. Each country has its own currency, and Mexico and Central America are cash centric societies so cash is king.

We plan on getting local currency in every country from an ATM using our Schwab debit card because we are reimbursed for all ATM fees, and there are no foreign transaction fees. The problem is calculating currency exchanges in your head to make sure we get enough. Today for instance, we took L2,300 (Honduran Lempiras) from an ATM, and it sounds like so much to me. In reality it is about $100US.

Often times there are no banks or ATMs at border crossings, but cash is necessary at the crossings in order to pay for visas and temporary vehicle importation. Luckily there are “Money Guys” who come around and exchange the currency for you. It is not the best rate, but we get just enough to get through the border and then locate an ATM for the new country.

 

It can get difficult to balance too much with too little cash as some times even gas stations are cash only. At the border crossing between Guatemala and Honduras today, I had to exchange quetzales to lempiras and make sure I was getting all I was supposed to be getting.

Now however, I have a purse with Mexican Pesos, Belize Dollars, US Dollars, Guatemalan Quetzales, and Honduran Lempiras. At this rate I won’t have room for anything else by the time we get to Argentina. All part of the wonderful journey we are on.

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After a short drive through Guatemala, we reached the border with Honduras. Kinda thinking we knew the drill, we were directed to pull over, present all of our papers and then allowed to proceed to the actual checking out of Guatemala formalities. Getting our passports stamped, and then the vehicle legally out of Guatemala was about an hour long process, then doing likewise into Honduras was the same. We also had to buy a little Honduran Lempiras to pay the fee for temporarily importing our vehicles. The money exchangers barked at us as we walked passed them” Lempa’s” they hollered, holding out huge fists full of cash. Me, I just pulled out my empty pockets and motioned to them that they needed to talk to the boss, Tammy, “La Jefa.” They all laughed and seemed to think this was very funny.

 

While we were waiting around taking care of our border crossing business, our friends who live in Copan Ruinas arrived. It was great to see Dorothy, Daniel Kent and the kids. We have been Facebook friends for over five years and have talked to them often about visiting and checking out their coffee farm. Today was finally the day.

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We were certainly happy to see them especially at that time because as the day drew longer, we needed a little help with our Spanish translation to figure out how many copies we needed and of each document, the cost of the vehicle import and so forth. After getting things all sorted out, we are now officially in Honduras. In addition to seeing the famous Copan Ruins, many other fun adventures await. Thanks for joining us.


 

 

What a great way to end our day and last evening here in Guatemala. After saying our goodbyes to our great friends Lori and Timothy Sunday in Guatemala City we hit the road headed towards the border with Honduras. We’ll be crossing over tomorrow and are looking forward to seeing Daniel and Dorothy Kent in Copan Ruins.

Meanwhile we got off the road early to find a campsite and settle in for the night. Originally our plan was to stay at a campground on the road that takes us straight into Honduras. However, Scott told us he thought he may have found something better not far away from our original pick and it was far enough off the road not to hear any traffic.

Well, here we are and in awe of such a wonderful place. Can you believe it’s only $8.00 a night with electric, wifi, bathroom and showers. Pool is extra and the farm animals are priceless. But don’t take my words for it. Check our these pictures.

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Fixing a leaky roof, building a child a safe and comfortable bed, and playing with the children, were all in a day’s work.

Today we visited the town of Pacaya de Ricon. This rural village is located on the opposite side of where popular volcano hiking day trips take place. All day long many hike up to the top, peer down into Pacaya’s crater and then descend. Here in Pacaya de Ricon, you won’t find tourists, gift shops, or mobs of crowds making their way doing the same. It’s inaccessible. As a matter of fact when this volcano blows its top, in this poor village is where you will find lava fields. There are no trails to the top. Because of its close proximity to the lava fields, many of the locals use lava rock to build fences and walls to separate themselves from their neighbors. It’s quite beautiful to walk around the village and notice the lava walls with decorative plants, flowers and trees.

Our adventure started with an hour and half drive from San Cristobal. Luckily, traffic was very light because of a holiday. Once we arrived, we went right to work assembling a bed for a child whom we had been told was sleeping with his grandmother in a one room house. Jonathan, a child who is being sponsored by our travel partners Angela Woodhams and Scott Woodhams was happy to see us. Putting the bed together was easy and fun as little Jonathan helped with his grandmother looking on. It didn’t take long with all of us helping. Timothy Sunday and Lori Adams Sunday of Clubhouse Guatemala Camp Calvary helped carry supplies and tools also. As we finished, Jonathan immediately let everyone know how happy he was by climbing to the top bunk and diving in. In addition to assembling the bed and installing the mattress, his sponsors Angela and Scott Woodhams brought new sheets, pillows and pillow cases.

Asking Grandmother if there was anything else we could do, she said there was water leaking into the house. Off we went to fix the leak, reorganize and help clean the house as well.

With all that done we went over to Clubhouse Guatemala Camp Calvary Church and School complex in the village. Over 150 children were being served lunch. After they ate, we played with them for a while, soccer, hide and go seek, and other games. Before we knew it, it was time to head back. What a wonderful day we had!

If you have ever had a desire to volunteer, sponsor a child or donate, please consider Clubhouse Guatemala and contact Mike Parker. We also have a need for eye doctors and dentist.

 

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Story by Scott Woodhams

 

Yesterday was market day in Antigua Guatemala. The market is open all week, but on Thursdays, many more of the locals come in hauling their produce, fruits, and flowers. It is quite chaotic, but fun to experience this authentic commerce atmospere! The colors are as vibrant as they seem in the pictures, and the local clothing is very detailed.
It seems everyone uses their heads, mainly for carrying things. If you ever get a chance to check it out, you will not regret it!
We loaded down on pineapples, oranges, blackberries, strawberries, leechys, peaches, and quite a bit more. The total cost was 45Q, or about $6 US. How about that for farm fresh food!

 

To follow Angela and Scott Woodhams, follow their blog at Life all Out

 


Our daughter is here with her boyfriend this week. We’re having a great time exploring Antigua, the market, museums, eating out. We’re really feeling like tourists this week. If you’ve not been to Antigua, you may want to put it high up on your bucket list. As they say “pictures don’t do this place justice.” Thanks for following.


by Tammy & Bernard Barbour

 

Sharing, serving and growing. Clubhouse Guatemala is a Christ centered ministry that desires to reach the lost of Guatemala. Clubhouse was Founded in 2008 by Mike and Carla Parker. The Parker’s desire was to go into villages and reach children and adults through block parties, clothes, face paint, cotton candy, vacation bible school, and many other creative ways to show the love of Christ. Today Clubhouse is part of Clubhouse Ministries Inc., which is a registered 501C3 Non-profit that is making a difference not only in Guatemala but also in the United States. Clubhouse assists with discipleship, education, provides aide for many physical needs including medical and dental, homes, stoves, water filters, school supplies, and much more. Clubhouse is still focused on providing the physical needs, to earn the right to share the Spiritual need.

Our experience started with meeting Lori and Timothy Sunday, Worship Directors and team coordinators as well as a group of wonderful young people and their team leader Helen from High Level Alberta Canada.
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Not knowing what to expect, we told Lori and Tim to use us as needed. ” We came to work” we said.  Angela and Scott Woodhams our travel partners with Life all out  who had been here before and also sponsor a child told us ” Be careful what you wish for. ” they said laughingly.  A day after our arrival we awoke early the next morning heading out to a small rural village, San Miguel Milpas Altas, one of the many small villages that Clubhouse Guatemala provides assistance to. Overlooking Antigua with a spectacular view volcanos all around, we were in awe of such profound beauty.

Lori and Tim told us we would have the opportunity to help with building a bathroom for a single mom with three kids or building a home from scratch. Later that afternoon we would have vacation bible school, serve meals, worship, play sports and do crafts and with over 50 kids from the town.

 

Taking a ride further up the mountain from a small church, we all piled on the “Clubhouse Guatemala Shuttle” and rode another almost a mile further up the mountain.  There, we got off the truck, walked some more to a tiny home shared by a mother and her three kids. We spent all of the morning hours, mixing concrete, assembling rebar ladders, forming metal clamps, and cutting metal. Afterwards we took a much needed break back at the church with a quick lunch. Shortly thereafter the kids came in from school.

Feeding the kids, starting with the youngest first, was an epic task. Reminding me of my Army days, we had to take a systematic approach to make sure everyone was fed, then playtime ensued. Before Scott and I knew it, we had kids on our backs, swinging them around and playing “El Toro” chasing them. Meanwhile Angela and Tammy sat and talked with some of the quieter girls and took pictures, little models in the making. Next was time spent making crafts, worshiping with song and praise, and lastly soccer and games in the gym.

 

Then it was time to say goodbye, “Hasta Mañana!” we shouted to all the kids. Having the first day under our belts, we were exhausted but yet fulfilled, grateful and humbled by this experience. We were looking forward to another day tomorrow and the days to come as we spend our time here near Antigua.

If you truly want to make a difference to the poorest, please check out Clubhouse Guatemala. You KNOW your money is actually going to the poor and not to administration or fees etc. We have seen this place in action with our own eyes, and we are in awe and humbled. This organization is based in East TN which makes us proud.  You can sponsor a child for a small monthly fee, and they will get nutritious meals throughout the month. These loving children will melt your heart. We hope you will consider this organization for your charitable giving. If you have any questions, please message one of us, and one will get you in touch with the right people. Please click on the blue link to go to their page. There is a donate button on that page. Thank you.

 

 

Missionary work with a little play time

Posted: August 4, 2017 by bernardbarbour in Expedition/Travel

by Scott Woodhams

Fun times at Divercity

After spending the past few days working on building a bathroom for a single mother in a small village in Guatemala, we had the pleasure of spending a fun day with 160 kids from another village.
Most of these kids have never been out of their tiny village at the base of the active volcano, Pacaya, let alone, seen the sites of this upscale mall with a play place called Divercity.
Divercity is a kids themed city, that provides hands on fun for the kids, exposing them to many occupations, in a fun atmosphere.
Watch the video to see many of them, including, veterinarian, TV reporter, radio DJ, fireman, plumber, detective, model, and much, much more!
We had such a great time spending the day with these kids, and as an added bonus, our sponsor child, Jonathan, was there as well! We played and had lunch with him.
It is so exciting watching the children’s reactions to seeing all this for the 1st time. I can only imagine what must be running through their minds. Cinder block homes, many with dirt floors, and out houses, are the norm for these kids.
What a great experience, one I’ll never soon forget!

 


Story and photos by Scott Woodhams

Wow! What an amazing day! We spent the day working with an organization (Guatemala house), that we have had the privilege to be with before in Guatemala. This morning started with building rebar ladders for the foundation of a new bathroom, for a single mom. She lives in a village between Antigua,and Guatemala City.
Then the fun began! This afternoon was feeding about 80 kids, VBS, and plain outright horse playing. The kids warmed up to us quickly. I think the horseback rides and “slaps” games won them over.
Bernard and I were flat worn out after giving countless rides on our backs, galloping around the room,while the other kids hung on us, waiting their turn.
Then was time for the singing, with full body motion,further wearing us out! After that? Football! (Soccer)
Angela immediately made a new friend, and they were inseperable. Tammy played and danced with the kids too!
It was an exhausting day, but so much fun Interacting with the kids,and seeing them being exposed to a Christian atmosphere.
This is such a loving organization, that truly cares for the villages and people they work with.