Middle School Fall Retreat 2013

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Reflections on Honduras and Expressions of Gratitude by Shane (12th Grade)

Posted by Greg Klimovitz on OA10er @ 10:34 AM

Going to Honduras, I had no clue what to expect as it was my first year on the team. I was completely unaware at the time of the relationships that would form and the moments that I would share with the people there. Not only was I able to bond with people who I didn't know previously, but I shared a lot more with my fellow team members. At the end of the trip after feeling like my help made a small contribution and realizing what I did, I felt compelled to do even more and definitely return for the following year. Like Ephesians 2:19, So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, I realized that we are one people in the eyes of Christ and are called to help each other.

On the trip I realized how strong people's faith can be with what little they have, but I also learned how faith continues to remain strong in the happy times as well, something that many people in the United States have a difficult time doing. As a result I feel more grateful for all the blessings I've been given. This feeling brought me closer to empathy, and I began to understand the definition of the partnership. The things that I could learn in return for simply being a friend to a group of people were tremendous.

Throughout the trip there were also times when I was disappointed and saddened. On the last day of our trip, we visited the market and downtown Tegucigalpa and the things we saw were upsetting to everyone. Young boys who are older than they look, homeless and high all the time, stunted in growth from drugs and living on sidewalks. It was one of the worst things to experience, but at the same time clarifying to the reality of issues there. In opposition to that feeling was one of joy from the great work the Micah Project does. We had visited there previously in that same day and until I saw what I did I hadn't realized how magnificent their work was. They would take these boys, who were willing, in off the streets and bring them to God and protection for a better life. Similar to this feeling was the work we did there personally in building the Eco stoves. I was satisfied to know that I had helped with something that could change a whole family's lifestyle. I was glad to have been able to do work that God called me to do through friendships and bonds with new companions. However, I also would not have been able to do this without the support of everyone back home praying for us and allowing us to go on this partnership, and for that I am thankful.


You can read Greg Klimovitz' reflections here: The Kingdom of God Is Like a Mango Tree in Guiamaca

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