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We often underestimate the power of prayer to change the world around us. But as the examples in this video show, our prayers can help change people’s lives in significant ways. And just by praying, you can help people get a Bible translation in their language.

Visit wycliffe.org/prayer to learn how you can start impacting lives through prayer today!

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One Intern’s Experience in Guatemala
By Stephanie Willis

I applied to Wycliffe USA’s internship program thinking I would just be spending the summer in Orlando doing studio photography. But when I was given the option of spending two of my ten weeks in Guatemala as a photojournalist with one of Wycliffe’s GET Global trips, I jumped on the opportunity.

When my team first arrived in Guatemala City, we spent a few days getting acclimated, learning about the translation process, and meeting current translators. Then we traveled to two other cities before getting to our three-day stop in the village of Chim Ban.

stephanie1We were split into groups of three or four and charged with learning as much of the language and culture as we could. The first day, my group set out to meet new people and learn new words in Acateco, the Mayan language that was spoken there. I got to practice my favorite phrase from this trip many times, “Cheeskay cheweel hapfoto?” or “Can I take your picture?”

A highlight was getting to meet the Gaspar family. They helped us get connected with the children in the village, allowing us to host an impromptu coloring night with silly games. The morning we left, three sweet boys who we’d gotten to know were waiting at our door to help us fold our blankets in exchange for some crackers and M&M’s.

After we left Chim Ban we went to San Miguel for a few days. On Sunday—market day—I had free time to wander around. So I walked up to all sorts of interesting people and asked if I could take their picture. Responses ranged from fear (there is still a stigma that having your picture taken means your soul will be stolen) to amusement. My favorite response was from several older people who looked somewhat surly, but broke out into these cute smiles when I asked to take their picture. One of my favorite portraits was of an older man with a lollipop who was so excited to have his picture taken that he tried to take off his hat and fix his hair, but I encouraged him to stay just as he was.

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My time in Guatemala had a pretty big impact on the way I view relationships. Going into the trip I was tempted to not try very hard to build relationships with the other girls on my team because I didn’t think it would be worth the effort for such a short period of time. However as I got to know them and the many people I met in Guatemala, I learned that no matter how much or how little time you have with someone, it is worth it to get to know them as much as possible.

When I got back from my trip, I had the chance to re-design any company I wanted for a graphic design class last fall, I chose to do GET Global.* I want the work I do, even if it’s just for school, to have an impact.

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*Click here to view Stephanie’s school project and Guatemala photos.

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