This past week a group of young people from Williamsburg (VA) Presbyterian Church traveled into the Cuchumatan mountains of Quiché, to spend a week with their partner congregation in Chajul. The five youth and three adults were joined by youth and adults from Guatemala City’s Central Church, and a throng of people from Chajul. The days flew by as they shoveled dirt, lifted rocks, and mixed concrete for the first Presbyterian Church in the Ixil region. There also were crafts and games with children, and a walking tour of the tow led by the Chajul youth. One of the days included an outing to a spectacular waterfall in the village of Chichel. The Chajul hosts were tireless in providing food, water, and accompaniment of every kind. When thanked for their hospitality, they said, “It’s the least we can do, and we do it all from the heart.”
A highlight of the week was the laying of the cornerstone for the temple, that’s being made from large stones buried in ground. The service was led by leaders from each church, and everybody got to slap on some concrete to hold the stones in place. I never thought of it before, but concrete isn’t a bad symbol of the kind of spiritual tie that binds us all together as living stones in Christ’s Church.
“And now God is building you, as living stones, into his spiritual temple.” —1 Peter 2:5