the time drag.
I have now been living in Guatemala a year and a half. My first days were filled with finding and furnishing a house. In those early months, even trips to the grocery store were new and exciting. Then, September knocked me over the head with that nagging thought that I really should be preparing classes. I was starting to suffer an identity crisis. I was no longer Dr. Pitts, I had become Dr. Pitts’ wife. In attempt to reinvent myself, I turned to baking. It certainly made me popular in my husband’s office, but something was missing.
It wasn’t just my position as a university professor that I yearned for; it was the environment of the Christian university that I left. Around that time, I met Cathy Baldizón, the president of the Women’s Ministry at Union Church. We had been Sunday morning regulars at Union Church since we settled, but had not integrated. Cathy invited me to lunch, showed me some specialty shops in my neighborhood, and invited me to the Thursday morning Bible study. A couple of weeks later when I walked into the room, I was warmly greeted by an international host of women. I immediately felt right at home. Over the next few months, I met many women who helped me to integrate and settle in Guatemala. They have been a source of information and support with everything from rides to doctor recommendations. I even met another professor from the US who moved to Guatemala a few months before I arrived.
I cannot imagine what my life in Guatemala would be like if I had not accepted that first lunch invitation. I am now part of a diverse group of Christian women who encourage and uplift each other in the name of Jesus as we work together to improve the lives of women throughout the country.
For nearly 75 years the Union Church of Guatemala, located in zone 9 of Guatemala City, has been a welcoming beacon to English-speaking Guatemalans and expats from a number of countries. While comprised of members from various religious backgrounds, the non-denominational focus of the church embraces the diversity of people and ideas yet maintains a foundation of Christian principles. The church offers a variety of ministries and programs for every member of the family. For more information see the UCG website: http://www.unionchurchguatemala.com.