A Place I Hold Especially Dear

I love to travel. I haven’t found a place I don’t like. But some places I hold especially dear.

Guatemala is one of those places. I traveled their a couple of years ago and visited several communities outside of Guatemala City with Compassion International…a life-changing trip. And then got to go back with Food for the Hungry earlier this year and saw several mountain communities in Northern Guatemala…y’all it was amazing.

The way the people hung on to their Mayan heritage.

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The way the mist and the clouds covered the mountains.

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The way that hope and vibrancy inevitably showed through the people and the place.


The way that FH was walking alongside communities and improving health, hygiene, education and livelihoods. I can’t wait to go back in a couple of weeks with a few friends. Hope you will follow along! 

Food for the Hungry started working in Guatemala in 1976 after an earthquake killed more than 22,000 people and left 1 million without homes. Since then, Guatemala has faced many natural disasters and economic challenges. FH is working hard to fight malnourishment, keep children in school and build healthy communities in the mountains north of Guatemala City.

From August 4 – 9, you can follow some of incredibly talented bloggers as they recount their experiences each day as they journey to FH communities in Guatemala. Through words and pictures learn more about life in Guatemala, FH’s work, and opportunities to get involved.

Meet the FH Bloggers headed to Guatemala:

Allison Vesterfelt is a writer, managing editor of Prodigal Magazine and author of “Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage” (Moody, 2013). She lives in Minneapolis, Minn., with her husband Darrell.

Darrell Vesterfelt is the founder of the Prodigal Press. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Allison. He loves helping people discover the power of their story. Darrell is the original #unblogger.

Raechel Myers is a Michigander by birth, but a Southern girl at heart. She began blogging at Finding My Feet, just a few months after her daughter Evie Grace was stillborn at 32 weeks. Five years later, she still writes about family and faith. With a degree in housing and environmental design, she also loves to infuse her corner of the internet with fun DIY projects, sewing tutorials, and the occasional half marathon. Raechel is also a co-founder and writer at SheReadsTruth.com. She and her husband, Ryan, live outside of Nashville, Tenn., with their two children, whom they can only hope will ultimately serve the Lord and take their dishes to the sink.

Sarah Matheny left her life as a family law attorney to raise a family nearly 10 years ago, with every intention of returning to a corner office someday. When she became a stay-at-home mom, she started blogging to share the joys, successes and laughs that come from raising a family with a love of veggies and a love of God – and she never looked back. Even with a full plate, she feels the grumbly, gaping holes in her life that can only be filled and satisfied by a merciful and grace-giving Father. She’s published a New York Times best-selling memoir cookbook, “Peas and Thank You,” and continues to feed her readers their daily recipe and/or glimpse into life with the peas at peasandthankyou.com.

Michelle Sarabia lives outside of Nashville, Tenn.,  with her husband of 15 years. Their home is filled with four teenagers and not a moment goes by when she realizes they’ll be adults soon. She has blogged at Beyond Brave for the last five years, writing about moments that inspire, encourage and challenge her readers faith.

Learn more about the trip and the FH Bloggers program.

Join our work by sponsoring a child in Guatemala.


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