(Special Guest Blog by Linda Lanesmith) Today what stands out? These youth that we’re traveling with are basically THE BEST. Day 4 and we have yet to hear them complain. They have been squished in the back of the van for hours with very little space. Thrown into things they weren’t expecting. Asked to push out of their comfort zone by sharing their hearts with people they don’t even know, try new foods etc. Not. One. Complaint.
(*VERY FULL VAN!!!)
One of the youth asked Gerardo, “why are people so glad we have come?” Speaking what we are all thinking. Because we feel like we’re the ones who are blessed by this experience. Thank you to Sergio, his family and the church in Celaya for having us. We did not want to leave!
It’s been a joy to listen to the youth and their silly banter, loud singing and attempts at Spanish(which in all honesty, they’re picking it up faster than the adults!) So often we give teenagers a bad rap. Us adults have been known to roll our eyes as we talk about the challenges of teenagers. As we’ve listened to the kids share their heart and struggles, I am reminded all they have to navigate through ‘these days’. So much hard stuff. These kids need to know adults are on their side. We’ve got their backs. These are some good, good kids.
You must know, every day here there’s a surprise. Some unexpected fantastic thing happens, or several actually. I have so much admiration for our host, Gerardo. He has selflessly given of himself this week to drive us around for hours and hours(with a noisy bunch of kids!), watch out for our well being, and keep us safe. I didn’t know I could admire him more, until we discovered HE CAN RAP. Like a boss! He broke into a rap solo in the middle of a worship song during church this morning. Loved it and him. You’re so great Gerardo! Thanks for all you’ve done to make this trip happen. It’s such a pleasure to spend time with you.