March 8, 2011 - Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Day 2 – Sunday, March 6, 2011 – Today was nearly a whole day with the brethren of the Linda Vista congregation in Guatemala City.  We left the house at 8:15 so we could stop for some breakfast on the way.  After worship there was a meeting and then we went to view the facilities where the second annual lectureship will be held.  After that, the students and we went to the home of one of the sisters in the congregation who was providing a meal for the school.  By the time we got home it was about 3:15 p.m.  We left at 5:00 p.m. to go to worship and got home after eating at Pollo Campero (fried chicken) around 9:30 p.m.  It has been a good day.  Tomorrow we start classes.

Day 3 – Monday, March 7, 2011 – Breakfast is served at ITL at 7:00 a.m.  Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. Today was the first class for the Minor Prophets II class.  We had good class participation and progressed well through the material.  Chapel is at 10:00 a.m. and on Monday’s the chapel service is just singing, prayer and Bible reading.   The schedule we are following this week lets us out at 3:50 p.m.  For dinner, missionaries  Hiwatthia Jones and Byron Benitez, visiting instructors Waymon Swain and I, local instructor Darvin Alvarez and visiting translator Conrad Pinder all went to a local restaurant called Sarita’s, which is a little like a Denny’s.  It will be good to get to bed tonight.

Day 4 – Tuesday, March 8, 2011 – The second day of class went very well.  We slowed down a little with more class discussion.  I spoke in chapel this morning.  That seemed to be well received.  I certainly enjoy getting to preach in Spanish again!  Class ended at the usual time of 3:50 p.m.  Tonight we are staying in for dinner and eating with the students.  I will be working this evening on translating more material for the class later in the week.  Again, I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep.

God bless,

Donnie Bates

Posted on March 8, 2011 .