Every Christian School Should Celebrate Their Anniversaries Like This

At dinner tonight, Hector (my host family father) asked me if I wanted to come to the celebration of Lolita’s school. I said, “Sure, why not. That sounds like fun.” Actually, I said, “Yes.” But the former phrase is what I wanted to say. From what I gathered from his description, the kids would run into the town of San Pedro to their school.

Apparently, while carrying torches:

I thought, “Yeah, that’s what I would do if I were celebrating an anniversary.” Seriously though, I am always up for running or running at night or running with fire. I think this night was a reason why I am living with a host family and a huge reason why I took a break to learn Spanish and travel. Albeit, I had no idea what was going on.

I felt just fine, hanging out in the back of the truck with Hector Junior (pictured right) and his cousin, Lawrence.

We were hanging out in a gas station just outside of town. I asked Hector how far the kids were going to run. He said, “Only 1 kilometer. Do you want to run as well?” I heavily considered it, but being that it was cold and it was starting to rain. I oped not to.

These kids were pumped and ready.

You can see that they have on their gym clothes. Which is fine, but it’s like freezing now and really raining.

We finally make it to the start line and these kids are starting to ignite their torches.

The picture really doesn’t do it justice, so check out this video.

After about 15 minutes riding in the back of Hector’s truck, the kids finally reach their destination. They all run into the small hallway and up to their school. They dumped their torches to the right, and this little guy was in charge of ensuring that all the lit torches were properly distinguished.

Now it was time for the closing words of the celebration. They sang the school song and the Guatemalan national anthem. It was beautiful.

CRISTIANO LICEO GESTEMANI, is a ministry of Gethsemane Baptist Church of San Pedro La Laguna, Solola – Guatemala. Dedicated to the training of students with biblical principles and moral values.

Here is a video that they put together that will show you what the school is like:

One thought on “Every Christian School Should Celebrate Their Anniversaries Like This

  1. Kim

    Hello from Perrysburg, Ohio! In an effort to fall asleep, I logged onto Facebook (shocker), and I noticed that you wrote something to Becca about your blog. Voila! Here it is, and I’m psyched to read more about your adventures as they evolve! I chose to comment on this particular event because it reminded me about MY experience with coffee (or perhaps soup?) can torches as a kid. From first to sixth grade, I spent my summer mornings at synchronized swimming practice. Every August, we had a big show for the members of the swim-and-tennis club where my family belonged. Right after intermission (once it was totally dark outside), there would be a song where all 80-100 girls would get in the water to do a choreographed routine with kickboards…and coffee can torches. Eventually, I think that the adults started to wonder if this was really a good idea because later in elementary school, they had us use sparklers (and maybe later some sort of waterproof flashlight, if my memory serves me correctly), but I definitely have memories of being all goggled and costumed up in the dark water with my kickboard in one hand and a lit soup can torch in the other swimming in formation to Neil Diamond’s “We’re Coming to America.” A funny foil to the Guatemalan national anthem. hahahahaha OK, that’s my story, now keep YOURS coming! Peace!

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