Back in our own comfortable home where the to-do lists, laundry and every day distractions of a life with too much seems to be piling up. How do we keep what we've seen, learned and felt over the past week when life calls us back to what was before? All day we have said that we miss the kids. And each of us can't stop thinking about them, especially Owen. My first memory of Owen is watching him running down the gravel street in search of his mother and younger brother before his graduation ceremony and my last was tearful hugs and waiving goodbye at the airport. To hold these sweet children and get to know them has made my desire to help them find their best even more.
I desperately wanted to be more than the rich white American coming to a third world country to get a glimpse of why I should be thankful for what I have, but you can’t escape reality when it meets you face to face.
There is something that I can do and you can do it too.
I'd like to ask you to prayerfully consider supporting these kids, the Manuelito Project and our Bowling Green native friends Justin and Ashley Guest with your financial gifts. Tis' the season of giving and in many ways so many miles away money is what we have to offer. There are several ways that you can give in small and big ways to the coffee shop and other ideas I've listed on our Global Water Issues Page.
I've always read this scripture and thought about how it relates to living in the excess of the United States and choosing to be transformed to a simpler, more meaningful life. But as I witnessed the extreme poverty in Honduras I recognized that this equally relates to not conforming to the obstacles that are placed in our lives. Our lives in and of themselves are meaningful. My life is beautiful, my children are unique and special and so are each and every person living on this earth. No matter our circumstances, how much money we have, or where we live we have a right to be known.
Some may be called to travel long distances to love another, but we are all called to love right where we are. We were reminded to tear down walls and do the hard work of serving one another. We returned thankful for our neighbors and friends who had supported our trip and have taken care of things here at home while we were gone. Thank you all.