CATHEDRALS OF THE POOR IN GUATEMALA

The experience of worshipping with the indigenous people in their small churches made of baked mud and clay or wooden planks defies description. These are the cathedrals of the poor, every bit as magnificent as the hallowed shrines of Orthodoxy in the great centers of the world. What a great mystery … [Read more...]

MEDICAL TEAM VISITS CLINIC- Alexandra Chakos

Life goes on in chilly, cloudy Aguacate! If you have ever flown on a plane through the clouds, you will have an idea what it's like outside of our windows in Aguacate. The village is so high up in the mountains, that clouds usually sit on it. Clouds, being comprised of water vapor, make everything … [Read more...]

THE NEW FACE OF MAYAN CHRISTIANITY

Christianity among the Mayan Indians is undergoing a dramatic change in places like Guatemala and Southern Mexico. This shifting of religious identity is part of a larger trend that is enveloping much of Latin America. According to the Pew Research Center report, published in November of 2014, … [Read more...]

THE MIDWIVES OF AGUACATE: BIRTHING A VILLAGE

As we approach the glorious celebration of our Lord’s Nativity in the cave of Bethlehem, the thought occurred to me that there might have been a midwife present to assist with the delivery of Jesus. Although the Holy Scriptures remain silent about this, the Orthodox Church’s iconographic depiction … [Read more...]

Video of Miracle Report in Pebilpam, Guatemala

On March the 10th, we interviewed a woman who reported a miracle that occurred through the intercessions of the late Fr. Andres Giron. We posted an initial article a few days ago, and now we are happy to provide the video of this miracle report. I am translating for the woman as she reports her … [Read more...]

Way Up High

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, There's a land that I heard of, once in a lullaby. In the memorable words of song lyricist, Yip Harburg (music by Harold Arlen), Fr. John and I find ourselves living "over the rainbow."  The location of our Guatemalan seminary and sewing center is … [Read more...]

Announcement

Fr. John and I are back in Guatemala.  Our work and technical difficulties have prevented us from posting messages on our blog and we apologize for our long hiatus. Some of you may not be familiar with the wonderful Orthodox periodical, Road to Emmaus, which is published quarterly, under the … [Read more...]

Impressive!

At the risk of appearing sinfully proud, I would like to inform you, Dear Readers, that I have achieved the status of "Impressive" here in Nueva Concepcion.  This took a little longer in Guatemala than it did during my missionary tenure in Africa. In Bukoba, Tanzania, where Fr. John and I spent 6 … [Read more...]

Guatemala Bound

It's not easy to say goodbye to 11 adorable grandchildren, knowing that they will have grown and changed in so many ways before we see them again.  It's not easy to be far away from our 4 children and their partners who are also our closest allies.    A long separation from family, friends, and the … [Read more...]