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25,1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 St. Theresa Continued from page 1 , I had a hard decision about whether or not to make the trip. I felt that I made the right decision. I put all my fears of flying behind me the moment Istepped on the plane. This trip was worth it  an opportunity to meet SOme of the kindest and sweetest people. The nuns that we stayed with in Cuban have the great- u t personalities. People in atemala am friendl They take time to say "Hi" or even have a frien .... , my conversation as you are walk3"ng down the street. This trip was my first :opportunity to go to a differ- ent country. Beckie Scheller AS if I were given a new life to live, the experiences of the GUatemala tp were so new to me that it has allowed me to reopen my eyes to the o-a for another first time. The hospitality, friendliness and love that were moth shown and felt were over- whelming to the degree of massive culture shock. One of the most powerful remem- brances that I have is that even though we didn;t speak the same language, love and faith was felt from both sides. I will never forget this experi- ence and I pray that if I can- nOtgagain, otherswilelxhaee the 6pportumty and enee that I had. John Baumgart I Was excited about going to Guatemala when it looked icikde a real possibility. I de- ed to put away my dislike of air travel and go for this lifetime experience. I rea]ly did not know what to expect. No matter how much you near or read about  foreign land or culture, you reall cnnnt.cmprehend or unde y .,.u. t fuIly until you see it jrSt-hand. My first days in Guatemala Were awesome. We saw many cathedrals, government build- ngs and guns! The scenery of "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller 424-9274 00Ed. L. Lee MortUary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 Guatemala was breath-taking. The people we encountered in Guatemala, especially the sisters, were very friendly and hospitable. The service we did was also rewarding. Jason Zabka The trip to Guatemala was the best experience in my life so far. I really don't think anything will top it except if I come back. Of all the things that we did here, the gather- ing at the table was the best. The food, I think, wasn't the best, but the company of the whole youth group and the Sisters just made it so enjoy- able. Even though I didn't un- derstand everything that was said, I had fun trying to talk with everyone. The markets that we went to were also very exciting. I enjoyed bargaining with the sellers. No where in the U.S. can you bargain for prices like those. The Sisters were so ener- getic. I can't wait to come back someday. It may not be next year or the next year, but someday I will be back. Cary Wagner If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn't change a thing. Going to Guatema]a was one of the greatest expe- riences of my life and I'll never forget it whether I think of being three abreast on a two-lane road or saying "Buen Provecho'" after a meal. Going to Guatemala helped me see life from a whole different perspective by seeing how Guatemalans live and by seeing how they re- gard us! Staying with the nuns in Coban was an experience in itself. We prayed every morn- ing and evening with the most hospitable people I have ever met. It seemed like every time I saw any of the nuns they would either give you a big hug or stop and talk to you  which doesn't happen i i i II AUTO TOPS. SEAT COVERS. BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER I RAY'S FIRE & SAFETY , Fire Extinguisher Sales & Service 117 Busseron Street Commercial and Residential MICK RAY: Home: 882-4185 Shop: 886-4960 Pager: 885-7571 I I Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET - P O Box 191 LINTOI, I'iDIANA 47441 II so often at home! Having the chance to go to Guatemala was a great opportunity and I'm glad I took advantage of it. Sarah Adler As with many of the others, my life will never by the same. At first, I didn't know what to expect from my trip down to my second home, Guatemala. The people on the streets and in the stores were often friendly in their greeting toward us. Nowhere in the United States will you find such friendliness from people you don't know or have never seen. The Sisters were all so hos- pitable an d friendly and lov- ing. Whenever we wanted to know something, they would tell us. If we needed help, they were right there for us. In general, they were like a family for all of us. I think if it was possible, each one of us in the youth group would take all of the Sisters with us to the States and try to do for them what they did for us. I don't know how, but [ would really like to go back next year and see "my second family." Even though I can't speak their language very well, I made some very good friends and met the neatest and most loving people in the world. (and they were sisters!) lulte Rainey Gosh, what can you say? No words can adequately de- scribe my experience nor any- one else's for that matter. I don't know how or where to begin. Speaking for myself, I knew that there would be pol- lution, poverty and a general lower standard of living. I had seen in Mexico much of what I saw in Guatemala. The people are definitely Guatemalan. I think that as "Americans" we are always told that we are soooo lucky to be so free and rich. We might also look down from our man-made pedestal and belittle those dirty poor peo- ple who can fit all of their be- longings in a basket. This idea of superiority is entirely unjustified, immoral and not true. The friendliness of ALL the people in Guatemala struck me as I became brave enough to acknowledge them with a nod of the head or a "Hola, Buenos dies. " Their fai and love of God is also a very powerful emotion that struck me about this beautiful people. I personally would love to see the United States follow their example. As interpreter I believe that I got to see another dimen- sion. As I translated back and forth from English to Spanish and vice versa, I could pick up on very similar phrases, gestures, emotions, that were shared by both types of peo- ple and both languages. There is so much to say. One could write a novel just de- scribing the people or com- paring the wonderful cul- tures. The experience was definitely wonderful, a major highlight in my life, and one that I will never forget. Rafael Rosario Erica Engelland, lulie Rainey, Beckie Scheller and Cary Wagner sweep the eaves and wash windows at the Benedictine monastery complex in Coban, Guatemala. Father Cletus Miller, a priest from Evansville, said Mass for the youth group during their visit to the Benedictine monastery in Guatemala. "Where customers send their friends" 9p, m, . , Open mghtly til L00blhor .... & Funeral Homes_ |,l .,ill ul i i i !1 otn US 231 SOUTH - IASPtl, ta - 482-2222 I Four HIGHLAND CHAPEL II [ Convenient Locations e3oo F.sr ^VE. [! O,d You Know 1-800-937-USA1 , OLDS CIERA is most trouble free cat made in America | ........................ ] Jl, 0" Pe/l'i !