11.27.2011

On giving thanks

I can guarantee you that I did not know the thankfulness one year ago that I know now. How do you truly give thanks? You go down to train tracks; you go right to the slums. You hand out food to tiny outreached hands. To children without clothing. To babies with bellies rounded from a mixture of starvation and parasites. You hold girls from the slums on your lap, you grasp their hand and hug them with big hugs. You donate one dollar, ten dollars, one hundred dollars. And with that touch, that smile, that donation, that meal, you are telling them how much they are loved. You, from places all over the world, are showing them how much you care. So when the man from the shop across the way tells me that what I am doing has no point, that the whole of India is poor and starving I can hear you with me in response "We have to start somewhere, and right here in this slum, with with these kids is that place." I think of how much support I have received, especially in the last two weeks and I am broken with gratefulness. To those of you who helped me pass out food last Thursday, those on the mission team and those of you who have donated over the last week in response to Danielle, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. The relationship you are enabling me to build with these children and this community is real. The potential for this project is immense. Honestly, at times I feel intimidated or inadequate but your support pushes me forward. For some reason you have chosen to believe in this, to love these children as they deserve to be loved. There is nothing that I could be more thankful for than that. 













3 comments:

  1. I am so thankful that you exist and are doing this work on behalf of those of us who are able to donate at this time. You are right about having to start somewhere, and while feeding these children and helping this one community will not solve all of the worlds problems, it does not need to, but the fact that these children are not going to bed hungry when you visit, that is life changing.

    -Sara-

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  2. I love this post. You truly are such an amazing person.

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  3. hey chica! Just wanted to say what you are doing is such a blessing to these children! I don't comment often but I always love reading about your latest adventure!
    God bless you my dear...

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