The day before I had felt like a failure, as I know next to no Spanish and wasn't able to communicate very well with the children at the project we had visited that day. The kids all swarmed around the other girls in my group and, well, I felt a little out of place. I was starting to get the idea that maybe I wasn't so good at this, maybe I was never going to be good at loving these kids even though I really wanted to. Then, while we were playing Duck-Duck-Goose with the whole family, Leidy came over and held my hand. Blanca soon followed and the three of us were pretty much attached for the rest of the afternoon! When I took a break from working in the garden with the others, I took my camera out to take pictures of my classmates working in the field and also all the kids who had gathered on the fence who were watching us and singing songs while we worked. Leidy noticed what I was doing, and as you can tell from the first picture, started posing :)
Soon she, Blanca, and a few of her other siblings gathered around me and wanted to take lots of pictures. It was so much fun! It's hard to explain but something really powerful happened in those moments I shared with them. We couldn't speak each other's languages at all, and yet we were genuinely enjoying spending time together, and showing that we cared for each other. Leidy even remembered my name (she was reading my nametag and I told her when she was saying it correctly) and specifically said "adios" to me when my group had to leave!
God's love stretches across all cultures. He loves us all equally despite who we are or where we come from. We may only know Him a little, but He knows and loves us deeply. Sometimes He uses people in unexpected ways to remind us of this truth. We are all His children, and He wants us to know how much we are loved.
Please keep Blanca, Leidy and their family in your prayers.
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Dios te bendiga!