Visiting Malacatan

A week or so ago we went to visit Malacatan, the town in which our fellow volunteer Jen will be living.  She'll we working with a women's group on issues of literacy, health, and personal development.

Jen will actually be living in a little town outside Malactan called "Veinte de Octubre" (Literally, the 20th of October).  They named it that because it gained it's independence on that day.  As opposed to Xela, Veinte de Octubre has a really hot climate.  They grow lots of coffee there, as well as bananas and other fruits.  In the afternoon, it feels like you stepped into a vegetable steamer.  

Here, you see lots of pictures of Jen with members of her new host family.  There are also quite a few shots of the rest of us sweating.

In truth, Jen is going to have a fantastic year here.  The church was wonderful, and the people were incredibly geneous, giving us loads of bananas to take home with us... straight from their own garden!  Say lots of prayers for Jen's work... and also for a blast of cooler weather!

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