On the bus ride to catch our plane back home, Mario, our ministry contact shared that however we perceive our experience, during this time in Guatemala we were living as the body of Christ. We were looking towards our own needs. We were looking to do what we could to meet the needs of the community we were living in. We were looking out for the needs of the team. When one part of the body was hurt, we all hurt. When one part of the body experienced joy, the rest of the body was buoyed up as well.

As members of our body succumbed to illness and injury, it was up to the rest of the body to care for the hurting as well as continue the work at hand. I witnessed many examples of the body focused on the needs of others. It was a powerful witness of resilience and encouragement. We are the body of Christ in all its different configurations. Now, back home, the body is configured differently, but we are still one body. I Corinthians 12:12.