Author: Catharine Turton

From Pamézabal to Puerta

After a lovely and relaxing rest week in Monterrico, we headed off refreshed to our new project. We arrived in Guatemala City on the Sunday and got settled into the church building that’ll be our home for the next two months. We enjoyed exploring the building, as there are so many random rooms – great … Continued

Saying Goodbye

We entered our last week in Pamézabal with mixed emotions: we couldn’t believe how quickly the time had gone, we were sad about the people we knew we wouldn’t see for some time, and concerned about how we were going to organise ourselves with so much planned. We started back at construction on Monday morning … Continued

From Construction to Crêpes

We’ve been enjoying seeing the progress being made in construction this week. The final concrete layer in one of the rooms has already been completed – and in only a couple of days! It’e been amazing seeing all the work coming along, and it has given us the energy for a final push at making … Continued


Considering that this time last week we didn’t know what this week was going to look like, we have somehow managed to do a lot! After catching a glimpse of the eclipse (very cool, but slightly underwhelming!), some of us went with the Pastor to the abandoned church we discovered last week. A family from … Continued

Meeting new people

While families in the UK woke up to hot cross buns and chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday, we woke up to a spontaneous shopping trip! The few of us who were awake at 7am left the others to fend for themselves and set off on what would become a whole-morning outing. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find … Continued


We’ve had an amazing first week settling into our first project in rural Guatemala! After meeting at Heathrow at 2.30 am, we managed to arrive safely in Guatemala City, where we were welcomed by Maddie, our Short-term Coordinator. The next afternoon we set off for our first project, staring out of the bus window with … Continued

No Longer Strangers But Beloved Guests

This year, Hans and Priscilla Breekveldt mark 30 years of service in Argentina. Here, they share some of their stories from the last three decades. As we stepped off the plane with our one-year-old daughter, Rebecca, in arms, we were in unfamiliar territory. Buenos Aires, Ezeiza International Airport, April 1993. We were excited to serve … Continued

Argentina and Bolivia Step Report #8

It was our last week working at the project last week, and we feel sad that this awesome time in Bolivia, and South America, is coming to an end. It has been a pleasure and a blessing to be able to serve God here for the last four months. I think we all felt that … Continued

Peru Step Report #1

Monday was our first full day in Arequipa, and we feel very blessed to be here. We set off on Saturday morning at 2:30am and flew from Heathrow to Lima, via Paris, with Air France. The total journey was around 17 hours long and, although long, we found the flight comfortable. The food was tasty … Continued