Preaching in Santiago Atitlán

We make our way through the busy market in Santiago on our way to the town square.
Up until last Friday, our family has had opportunity to preach in a number of the towns on Lake Atitlán, including Panajachel, Santa Cruz, San Marcos and San Pedro. Though Santiago's 60,000 inhabitants are mostly indigenous and speak Spanish, Kaqchikel or Tz'utujil, there are English speakers that live there and the congregation service committee has organized efforts for canvassing.

For now, our preaching efforts in Santiago will be on the first Friday of each month. For a little over a month now, we had been looking forward to this, so when we 'caught wind' of Hurricane Earl, we were a bit worried our plans would be postponed.

Hurricane Earl set its sights just to our north, so we just got some rain bands and wind thankfully.
We were glad that Earl's path was north of us, but we still got some decent rain and wind. Thursday was rainy all day, and when we woke Friday it was still coming down. Still, a small band of about 10 of us met at 7:45am and then boarded a boat to Santiago. It seemed as though Jehovah held back the rain bands, because we were able to stay dry until about 1:00pm.

My service partner for the day, Adrian, a brother visiting from Georgia, USA, knocks on one of the oddly constructed doors at a music school in Santiago.
Each pair that set out canvassing found at least one English speaker. A couple of them engaged in spiritual conversation and one expressed interest a Bible study and attending meetings at the Kingdom Hall in Panajachel. For anyone that has been a part of a foreign language congregation or group and participated in canvassing as part of their ministry, you would know that this was a successful day in the ministry.

This big church in Santiago seemed to be the big attraction for tourists, many being English speakers. We positioned our public witnessing stand on one end of the town square, which was a perfect location for all those coming through the square to get to the church. 
Not for the faint of heart (or legs)! Santiago has many steep hills, roads and walkways.
A group of older Guatemalan gentlemen sit outside a government building, donning some fantastic looking hats and goucho-style hand-woven pants. I imagine this is a typical Friday for them.

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