Guatemala is facing one of the most conflicted political transitions in many years. With claims of corruption, technical errors and illegal activites being hurled between the incoming and the lame duck administrations, the justice department and other leaders. Turmoil has increased since the national elections in July and August leading to (so far) peaceful protests that have closed vital roadways and shuttered businesses. Since October 2, roads have been blocked day and night closing major highways. (Photo above: Protester blocking the entrance to Chichicastenango, Friday, Oct. 6.)
In our community stores, schools, and even churches are forced to close by local community leaders with only limited openings to provide food items to locals. For the most part, in our community, general work has stopped, schools are closed, churches are closed and people have to walk to get about anywhere. In Chichicastenango, only official vehicles are allowed to travel on the streets (ambulances, and community officials). In a push to sustain the protests, locals and workers (including us) are being forced to take turns in 12-hour shifts blocking the roads or face fines for not participating. Thankfully protestors have been peaceful so far. However, the delicate balance could shift as their demands are not met and they are threatened with removal to reopen highways.
Pray for safety and that we can continue to be a light for Christ in the middle of these conflichts and for peaceful resolution and transitions to leaders who bring godly wisdom to their positions.