Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Overnight in Chisec

On Saturday we all traveled to Chisec to attend an anniversary service there.  We arrived just in time to eat- beef caldo, tortillas, and Pepsi.  We could barely drive up to the church because of the large crowd gathered outside.  We were able to see a lot of familiar faces while there that we had worked with in the past.  Many came from other churches in the Chisec area to support this church.  Usually churches in the Chisec area relate to the Coban Association, but this church is part of the Peten Association.  We didn't mind, and were glad to get to visit this area again. 

The service began around 7:00 and ended a little after 10:30 p.m.  It was a LONG night with a small child, and I left there saying I would not do that again for a long time.  Although, somehow I don't think that I will hold to those words, ha. 

It was standing room only inside the building and just as many if not more standing outside.  Because the building is made of wood boards, they removed the back boards to open it up to make it more visable to those standing outside.  I just kept thinking that if anything happened we'd never get out of there alive, haha.  I guess I think those kind of thoughts now more since I have a baby.  

Here are a few photos from the service-
They had the building decorated very festive.  They had a lot of streamers and balloons all around.  Cruz tried all night to reach one of those balloons.  It kept him entertained.  (you can see him and I in the bottom left corner)

the pulpit area

I sat on the left side with the ladies and David sat on the platform with some of the leaders.  That meant I had Cruz all to myself.  He took most of the photos for me.  This is a photo of the offering time.

The two men in white played a few hymns using instruments only.  One was a violin.  It was very pretty.

They had a guest music group from the church in Se' Tul.  They did a great job leading the worship!

There were two youth girl groups that did creative movement.  This is a photo and below is a video of the group from the church at Linterna 1.  Can you find me in the crowd?  You can see from this photo just how crowded the place was and boy was it HOT.  You can also see where they removed the back walls in this photo.
video

We knew it would be a late night so we planned ahead to stay the night in Chisec.  It's a good thing we did because we would have been around 1:00 a.m. getting back to Sayaxche if we had not.  We stayed at a new place, Bombil Pec, just outside of town.  They have been building this place for a couple of  years now and we were glad to see it open for business. 
The entrance and office area

   
These buildings are divided and have a room on each side.

The yard was very well kept and they have several nice plants and flowers around.

This is the view of our room from the door.  It was nice and clean.

Another room view
They offer a/c, satellite tv, a fan, and a private bath.

They also had towel art on the bed.

bathroom
This is the shower.  The only question we forgot to ask was is there hot water.  How could we forget to ask that???  We found out that there was no hot water at 11:00 p.m. when we returned hot, tired, and very sweaty from the service.  We all needed to rinse off before we went to bed.  That was my least favorite part about the trip!  Cruz usually handles cold water well, but this time he did NOT like it.  Poor baby screamed and cried.  I felt terrible.  He was filthy though and needed it.

The room rate for two persons with air was Q230.  That's a little less than $30.00 U.S.  That is a normal rate for a hotel around here.
Here's a little snapshot of our little man before we checked out on Sunday morning.
Overall it was a good overnight trip.

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