Admin Post I've got a brief trip to Guatemala coming up. It will be for humanitarian/church related purposes. I'll be going with a team of 8 men, and we will be staying in Guatemala City. Basically, we'll spend several days interviewing local Guatemalan pastors and churches to see what needs they have (buildings projects, medical needs, etc.), and then going on-site to the places that seem to have the most need. Afterward, I'll come back to Middle Tennessee and find local churches and groups here that can plan a trip to that church in Guatemala and meet that need. So I'll be a team leader on these follow up trips over the next couple of years. The organization that is sending our group has required a TON of training... including cultural sensitivity training and an alarmingly high level of awareness and safety training. Like... what to do to avoid being kidnapped, and what to do if you are kidnapped. We have registered with the Guatemalan feds, and the local Guatemala City mayor's office. (We've been told that the mayor is planning to come meet our group at some point during the visit.) I do not live in fear of these types of things. I have traveled quite a bit. I have been through a worker revolt in India. I have stood in war-torn countries in Africa. I am not naive about the world, and I understand how to present yourself, how to blend in, etc. I keep myself in a superior level of physical shape, and I have a fair amount of self-defense training too. And since we don't have children, I don't have that built-in sense of self preservation for the sake of the family that most fathers have. Still... these things don't mean a lot, really. Anything can happen. I expect this trip to be fun and fruitfull, and for there to be no hiccups. If you've ever been to Guatemala, let me know what you experienced.