When I reflect on the week I spent at Casa my heart swells! I knew it would be emotional, but I didn’t anticipate the range and depth of emotion.
The highs were incredible. The pure joy on the faces of these kids as they played and hugged and laughed. I took notice of the camaraderie of the girls taking turns and welcoming new arrivals to play, whether it be on the soccer field or jump rope. If one fell, they stopped and helped each other. I never witnessed an attitude of “me first.”
The simplicity of their lives demonstrated gratitude and happiness… and love.
The lows were gut wrenching. Although they all played and laughed, there was a clear need to be held, to be listened to as an individual, to be remembered. Several on our team had been coming to Casa for years and were clearly remembered. Not just recognized, they knew our names, our kids, and remembered what we had done with them in the past.
Then there is the honor of serving with this team of 15 women The bond of our team, although most of us had never met before preparing for this trip, was something special from day one. We share a love and commitment to being part of something so much bigger than any of us. We laughed and cried and FELT so much just being together.
Each of us had a special gift to bring into the group. Leaders, cooks, cleaners, painters, teachers, and so many more… and one with the special and much needed gift of being bilingual!
"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ."
1 Corinthians 12:12.
And of course I fell in love. My daughter Katie, who took this journey 4 years ago that you don’t worry about meeting the kids, that somehow it just happens and bonds will form. So true! These girls stole my heart.
Although this range of emotion was hard, it felt really good. I realized that my life at home hangs pretty close to neutral, good days and bad days, but manageable…easy. The highs and lows were at such extremes I realized that it touched my heart in places that had become dormant. Time to wake up those recesses and live life more fully.