Guatemala Radio

Nunca un momento aburrido (never a dull moment) en Guatemala!

Today after school I ventured out on my own to walk around San Pedro.  If you know me, you know this was a big deal, because I have a terrible sense of direction and often get lost!  But, with map in hand, I walked toward the park Bonnie had shown us on Monday, and then found my way to the Iglesia Bautista (Baptist Church).  I had heard there is a panoramic view from the top.  I climbed the stairs to the top, and indeed it was true—Lake Atitlan, San Pedro, and many mountains and volcanoes (montañas y volcans) were all around me.  It was beautiful.

Suddenly I noticed an enclosure on the roof of the church, with a man sitting inside, surrounded by computers and other equipment—and just as I noticed him, he began to speak into a large microphone, and I realized this was a radio station.  So, somewhat uncharacteristic for me, when he was done speaking into the microphone, I engaged him in conversation.  In Spanish, no less!

I found out that the church has been there 70 years, and the radio station for 17 years, and that he a pastor, and his ministry is the radio station.  We spoke for a few minutes about evangelism and ministry (in Spanish—the classes actually work!), and then said good-bye and I descended the stairs, and walked home without getting lost—again, if you know me — esto no es un pequeño milagro! (This is no small miracle!)

Volcano side lakeview

Later that day, the “papá” of the family with whom Donna and I are staying took us out to a hillside view (well, really volcano-side) of the Lake and surrounding areas—and we ended up in the middle of a skateboarding race, where, as we stood and watched, dozens of professional skateboarders zoomed past us down the very steep hill.  Donna and I agreed this activity is in the “there isn’t enough money in the world to pay me to do that” category—but it was fun to watch, especially with our 10-year-old companion, a daughter in the host family.

Today convinced me once again that there is nunca un momento aburrido (never a dull moment) en Guatemala!

Kathy Gorman-CoombsKathy serves as co-pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia, NY. In addition to working as a Teaching Elder, Kathy earned her Master of Social Work from Rockefeller College at SUNY Albany, and is a Licensed Master Social Worker and works part-time as a Domestic Violence Counselor at the YWCA of Schenectady, where her work includes a support group for women at the County Jail. You can reach Kathy at

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