¡Hola! Many of you probably don’t know that over this past week, I spent my spring break in Honduras for the third time. Each year, we meet with the people of our sister church in El Olvido, spend many days working in medical clinics, and take very cold showers in the evenings. Even though our schedules tend to be similar year after year, each experience is very different.
My absolute favorite part of the trip is meeting the children. Over the years, I have met many kids who have captured my heart with their enormous smiles and hugs which is something I want to emulate in my life. Every year in our morning devotions, we talk about kids. My first time, I did a lesson on Matthew 18: 1-5 where Jesus talked to the disciples about becoming like little children in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. This year, we read the same story in Mark 10: 13-16, once again explaining how we must be humble like the children to be accepted by God.
For many of us (I’m looking at you, R.H. and the middle school boys!), acting immature like children comes very easily, but this is not what Jesus meant. Acting like a child means to be open to others, to love them greatly, to trust one another, and to listen. The children I meet in Honduras year after year set the perfect example of this. Though we are strangers, they greet us with huge grins and open arms, putting their trust in us to return the same love to them. They don’t mind the language barrier and my Spanish is a bit rusty; they just want to be held, have dinosaur stickers, and play “pato, pato, gonzo”, known as “duck, duck, goose” in English.
So today and in the upcoming weeks, I challenge you to bring out your inner child. Smile at strangers and spread your love just like those Honduran kids. Trust in the Lord and know that He loves you and loves seeing how you spread that love and kindness to others. We are all children of God—it’s time we start showing it more often.
I want to again thank everyone who participated in the Hygiene Kit supply drive this past fall. Our kits were sent to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and were able to be used around the world through Church World Services (CWS). You can click here if you are interested in seeing where our hygiene kits were sent.
Thank you again,