Have you ever experienced something so moving that it took you days, or even weeks, to process how incredible it was?
This happened to me a few weeks back while visiting Guatemala along with some other people on our team. To build context around the trip, we were traveling with Compassion International to get a deeper understanding of their vision, and watch them in action.
My first morning in Guatemala, I was greeted by it’s beauty. Everywhere I turned I was visually inspired by the craftsmanship of God’s creation. We’re so used to skyrises and paved roads, but to see God’s masterpiece in it’s raw form was overwhelming in the best kind of way.
We visited a village in Solola, Guatemala, populated mainly by Kaqchikel Maya. There was something so sacred about being amongst the indigenous people. Rich with history and the tradition that they proudly carried, the food, the clothes, the colors, and patterns, were all created with so much attention to detail.
While there, we visited with a family who graciously let us into their world. They immediately made us feel like we were part of their family. The story of this family was so similar to many we hear about in our own country – a single mother with two kids trying to navigate through life. As we opened up to one another, it was so evident that her heart was still broken from lost love. Although we spoke different languages, pain translates the same, but it’s so beautiful to see this family finding strength in the face of sorrow.
As we were praying and sharing stories with one another, everything was being translated in three different languages – Kaqchikel, the indigenous language, Spanish, and English. What I love most about this picture is the fact that language was not a barrier for the Holy Spirit to move, as we watched him bring comfort to these families who needed it so desperately.
The greatest gain from this trip for me was simply a perspective shift. When you see people who have far less than you, exemplify great hope in the midst of their hardships, it has a profound impact on how you view your own obstacles.
I love Compassion because they teach these kids these things early on. That they can dream and think beyond their circumstances. Imagination is a powerful gift that allows us to look beyond where you are and set a vision for where you could be. That they can see hope, life, love and a big world for their big dreams.
Compassion at VOUS Conference
We’re so thrilled to partner up with Compassion International during VOUS Conference 2017! We’re believing that through our generosity, we can change a child’s life, and give them hope for a bright future.
The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater
1700 Washington Ave,
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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