Esther Smoker, 4, wanted to wear K’ekchi’ clothing to church, whether or not it was her size! Some K’ekchi’ friends help her adjust her too-long skirt.
Three languages meet at a village church in Checalte, Guatemala! Pastor Gene (right), visiting with the team from the Smokers’ home church in the U.S., preaches in English. Ted (middle) translates the English into Spanish, and church member Rigoberto (left) translates the Spanish into K’ekchi’.
Tortillas bake over a fire in preparation for a group lunch after church.
The team from the Smokers’ home church in the U.S. travels to Chisec, Guatemala, to visit with and pray for a church in the process of constructing a new church building.
The U.S. team admires the new church building being constructed in Chisec.
Members of the U.S. team befriend children in Chisec.
The team visits a "benefício," or coffee processing facility, near Chiquixji, Guatemala. Ted works in coffee farming development among the K’ekchi’ and spends lots of time at coffee processing plants like these.
Ted takes the team to visit his friend Felipe at his house in Chiquixji. Ted and Julie first met Felipe and his family when they visited on their vision trip three years ago.
While the grown-ups tour Felipe’s farm, U.S. and K’ekchi’ girls play in the undergrowth.
Later in the week, K’ekchi’ friends gather some swiss chard from a village garden for the U.S. team to try.
The team visits the Smokers’ friend Marta, who is working on her colorful weavings.
Girls from the U.S. team, along with Abby Smoker (14), right, share worship songs with the Smokers’ local church congregation in Chamelco, Guatemala.
Mist rolls along the outskirts of an idyllic coffee field in Guatemala.
This village garden was initiated in part by Red Paz (Peace Network) — an organization that Ted works with quite a bit. Red Paz goes into communities and works to teach helpful skills in both agriculture and peacemaking.
Farmers tend to their coffee plants. Ted partners with both Red Paz and the national organization Anacafé to teach coffee-growing techniques to K’ekchi’ farmers.
A K’ekchi’ farming family stands in their coffee field.