As I write this I am preparing to fly to Guatemala in the morning with Jerry Hatter. We leave at 5:45 – too early. Several people have asked me questions about the trip and it seems like my answer to everything is “I don’t know.” I am pretty sure that my job will be to be a chaplain for the patients. I think I can handle that. I just wish I spoke Spanish so that I didn’t need a translator. I am hoping that my love for them will come through regardless the language. I will be dealing with people just as big as me in the eyes of God and certainly just as important. I look forward to trying my best to communicate with each one and listen to their stories. I have had surgery and know that the moments before can be very anxious times. I hope to help relieve that.
This will be a new experience for me. I have been to Guyana a lot but not to Central America. Ashley has been to Honduras and Brianna spent three weeks in Nicaragua so if they can handle it then so can I. I look forward to bringing home some good coffee. Prayers for Jerry and I and the entire team will be most appreciated.
Have a great week.
Allen L. Close
Today’s sermon by Alfred Toole:
“Raise a Hallelujah in the Presence of my Enemies”