She loves pomegranates. She has the biggest brown eyes that show off such innocence and love that a picture does no justice. At first, she didn’t know what to think of us. We were just random people who had just become her sponsors. Little does she know, she stole our hearts with her shyness and sweet spirit. The first day we met her she didn’t know what to think. Honestly, I would have been the same way. Complete strangers handing me gifts and wanting to take my picture would make me extremely shy and nervous. Justin and I didn’t take visiting her lightly. This process of meeting her, her family, takes a huge leap out of your comfort zone- and I am talking about them not us! We went to her home and met her parents and sister. Talk about humbleness. After the first day, we got to hang out with our new sweet family again. We all went to a local park close to the church and enjoyed each others company.
As I write this, my heart misses this sweet one already. Love has no language. Even though there was a language barrier, we easily communicated through actions of love, smiles, and the occasional nods of understanding. What really struck me that day at the park was all of the Compassion workers, and our families singing songs of praise to the Lord. In a park where there are different beliefs, there was light because of the work that Compassion had done. In that moment, Compassion lived up to its name. It was everywhere.
It may be difficult to love and easily express yourself when you are on a mission and there is a language barrier. But if you are going or thinking of going on a mission trip, here are just a few steps or things to remind yourself.
- Love openly. – You can still love and have a guard up. When you go into new territory, it is a natural instinct to have your guard up. But that doesn’t mean you can’t show love and be that light for others. When your guard is hindering your ability to love on others is when there is an issue.
- It’s okay to feel hopeless. – What I mean is, when you love on others it is easy to want to help them in any way you can as soon as you can. But like John tells us in the bible, we are only paving the way for the light. We are not the actual light. Remind yourself that God can move mountains that you can’t.
- Stay determined. When you leave the work or when you sponsor a child from home, it is easy to forget about everything. Life is busy and the enemy will distract us from being that light. Set daily reminders to pray, write, and be an advocate for those who can’t do it for themselves.
Please think about sponsoring a child!
Until next time,