Why? All because I met and fell in love with a Guatemalan man and agreed to move back to his home country with him. Even before we got engaged. But the engagement did happen and as soon as we were married I said good bye to friends and family the next day and moved to Guatemala. It was exciting and nerve-wrecking. I became like a child again. I was impatient and threw one too many tantrums. I'm sure I wasn't much of a joy to be with. Then I started Spanish classes and I would say after about 4 months I felt this sense of independence that I was so used to in the States. I also had started to drive and I went wherever I pleased. I conquered my local grocery store and met friends for lunch. We also began attending Union Church. Union felt like a home away from home. I knew how the services worked because they looked and sounded a lot like my church at home. And bonus, I understood every word!
Living in another country is difficult no matter where you're from. You lose you sense of independence and find yourself dependent on everyone else to help you achieve the simplest of tasks. But people can only do so much for us expats. It was during these first few months that I realized I needed God's strength to uphold me more than I ever needed it before. I couldn't get through days without Him and it was refreshing a little to discover that quality in Him and in our relationship.
If you are new to Guatemala I encourage you to 1) pray that God will give you the strength and resources you need, as He will certainly do and give you, and 2) talk to me or anyone else who has gone through a similar experience. We are here to reassure you and to emphasize with you. Sometimes all you need is a little taste of home and similar experiences to get you through.