Monday, June 1, 2009

Pastores' Finest...

This weekend Antonio and I were blessed to see the tail end of a graduation ceremony for the Civil Police of Pastores. We have been a part of their trining with weekly studies similar to what we have with the National Police of Guatemala.

It was rather humorous - The Tuesday before the event we were given personal invitations for the graduation that showed that I had a part in the ceremonies. The Chief of Police insisted that I be at this event as it was very important - I was on the list...

We saw the time had been changed for the event to start at 9am. When we first talked it was a 12pm startup with a parade and festivities to be followed by formal presentations closer to 1pm. That didn't work for Pastores and as a result, they wanted us to change our schedule. the only difficulty for us would have been that this was on a Sunday Morning right in the middle of our church service. I explained we could not arrive any sooner than 12:45pm. They said, "Okay".

As is turned out sure enough we arrived right at 12:45pm. The officers saw us and ushered us into a room full of energy, sound, excitement. With a total of 7 in our party, plates of food were immediatey rushed over to our table and we were treated as the guest of the hour.

But as we completed the meal I noticed that the food line had diminished as did the crowd eating. At first chance I spoke with the Chief of Police and asked what was next? Where was the presentation? He replied, "Sorry we stalled as long as possible, but two other guest on the list to present were not able to come at the last minute. So we wrapped things up and started lunch. But thanks for coming for lunch."

Wouldn't you know it, when most of life happens minimum of an hour late in GUA, these guys were right on time. We were late to our own party. HA,HA.

Be that as it may, this team of men are now trained and serving in their community. And they plan to continue with their training in Biblical values.

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