The purpose of this trip was to attend a memorial service for a former retired IMB missionary who spent many years serving there. Mr. Wendall Parker passed away back in June of this year. He was one of our mentors when we arrived on the mission field and he invested much into our lives. We were very thankful to be able to attend this time of celebration of his life and ministry with our Kekchi brothers and sisters. We also enjoyed getting to visit with his wife Mrs. Jane over the weekend while there. I'll post more about the service in my next post but first I'd like to share some other photos I took of our time there.
Along the way we stopped at one of our favorite little cafes, La Granja. It is about 30 minutes outside of Coban. They have a large play area for kids so we knew it would be fun for the boys to run and stretch their legs. We enjoyed coffee and cake while watching them play.
Cafe La Granja
We call it "the scarecrow place" because the whole property is decorated with scarecrows.
the boys enjoyed some ice cream
We began Saturday with a visit to the Dieseldorff Coffee Farm. The Baptist property in Coban where we once lived is close by. We miss the smell of coffee roasting almost daily and getting to take our guests there for tours. They are no longer offering tours but still have a small gift shop.
David and the boys at Dieseldorff in Coban
Before leaving I enjoyed looking back through their guest registry. I spotted several names that I recognized of people we had taken there. One of those was our friends Reagan and Malinda who visited back in September 2007. That was a fun week!
Ben getting on his gear
Cruz getting on his gear
two excited brothers!
me and my boys at the coffee farm
off to tour...
Cruz went with one of our guides. Ben mostly rode with David and I went by myself.
Cruz at the coffee farm
coffee plants and banana trees
our family with one of our guides
David and Ben
our family enjoying the coffee/ zip line tour at Chicoj
me and Ben crossing the pond
the new swinging bridge that goes over the pond
hiking through the coffee plants
at the end of the tour you get served a cup of coffee
Ben on the carousel at the Coban mall
Cruz on the carousel at the Coban mall
The memorial service was Sunday morning and then here are a few more photos I took before we headed home.
the boys in front of the Coban sign outside the Plaza Magdalena mall
While in town we also got to visit with a missionary family we met earlier in the year. They have five children and our boys loved getting to play with them. I forgot to take a photo but we had a great time together.