On Friday our day was packed with unpacking the supplies we brought from 2W, setting up the laptops we donated, greeting women, and holding babies! We brought 4 suitcases packed with supplies for the school and children’s home and 4 new computers. We spent time setting up the computers with parental controls and showing them how to use the computers. We also took new books to the library in the school and spent time speaking English to the kids in the school.
The women’s conference kicked off and we welcomed 90 women. They worshiped and learned about the Lord and had amazing fellowship. Six of us were responsible for all 50 kids while the Mamas went to the women’s conference. Man was that an adventure! These kids have so much energy! We took them to the open-air covered sports arena on the grounds and played soccer (futbol) and tag. We ended the night with a traditional Guatemalan meal together with the women and let off lanterns over the mountain and lit sparklers!! It was the perfect ending to a perfect day!
Saturday, was the final day of the women’s conference. We continued with more messages, workshops, imonies, & worship. Again, we helped with the children and allowed the Mamas to have a much needed/well deserved break. We played futbol & basketball with the big kids, and painted the little girls nails.
Today is our final day at Eagle’s Nest. We will attend their church and then start our journey down to Pana, 15 minutes and 2,000 feet below Eagle’s Nest, for some zip lining and a boat tour on Lake Atitlan.
We are very sad to leave our new friends and the Eagles Nest family.
In 2014, 2nd Watch announced a new employee con called ‘dream BIG.’ The challenge was all about making our dreams come true.
2nd Watch asked us to consider what was on our bucket list. Have we ever wanted to run with the bulls in Spain? Sail through the Caribbean? Learn how to surf in Hawaii? With this in mind, the employees of 2nd Watch set out to work as teams to craft creative presentations to be entered into this con.
While reviewing the entries, the 2nd Watch Executive team noticed a theme. Quite a few of the submissions highlighted a desire to complete a humanitarian project abroad. After a little bit of thought, it was decided that not one humanitarian project was enough. 2nd Watch Leadership awarded ALL of those with humanitarian dreams the trip of a lifetime.
A group of seven employees total will take part in this year’s ‘dream BIG!’
The first group of four will be departing in April to South Africa to work at Jehovah Jireh Haven Care Center in Alexandria. Our goal is to set up JJH with their first computer lab and install a wifi connection. In addition to setting up the computer lab, we will teach basic computer skills and provide manual labor and supplies to the Center such as de-worming medication, toiletries, stationary and more.
During the 3rd quarter the second group of three employees will be traveling to Guatemala to work with the orphans living at Eagle’s Nest Children’s Home. During our time at the Children’s Home, we will support the mental and spiritual growth of these children through teaching, clean-up, sports and work with missions teams.
2nd Watch is supporting these trips with airfare, accommodation and limited humanitarian aid. However we are asking our coworkers, family and friends to help us raise additional funds to support ongoing work with the orphanages. As of March 24th we have already raised $4000 and a portion of this has paid for the installation of internet, a year’s supply of internet fees and a year’s supply of deworming medication for JJH! We are still collecting donations for both trips. For more information please visit our GoFundMe Page
We will be documenting each trip on this 2nd Watch blog. Please look for updates mid-April as we work with Jehovah Jireh Haven as well as the other adventures South Africa holds.