my life songs

a little reminder
July 21, 2011, 1:53 am
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a group of about 12 came to visit the art co-op yesterday.  people come to visit all the time, mostly just to buy stuff.  this group was really interested in learning about la tienda and how we run.

people randomly contact me on occasion that they would like to visit us.  sometimes they ask us if we would like a team of volunteers.  because we focus on providing sustainable jobs for local women here and the nature of how we work, we don’t really have a means of hosting short-term volunteers.

when a personal supporter of rachel or mine comes to visit, or someone that has supported la tienda with sales or something of the sort, we dedicate a little bit more time to showing them around, letting them help out with daily activities, and getting to know the women.

on occasion someone will contact me and i get the notion that it will be worth the while to spend a bit more time with them “hosting.”   sometimes a partnership is formed.  sometimes they sale for us once and it helps us get through another month.  sometimes they come and go and we carry on as usual.

it had been a long time since i had interacted with a group for something other than opening up the store to let them buy goods from out beautiful women 🙂  i forgot how encouraging they can be.  they have fresh eyes and un-jaded hearts.

things have been a little tough lately, to say the least.  everything that happened with alfonso, the community’s response, and the ungrateful attitude from the women had really gotten me down and uninspired to work.

the time that i spent with the group yesterday was really rewarding for me.  they were here in the country with an organization that has been working in the south for over 15 years!  they build homes, latrines, provide funding for schools, etc.  they are hoping the branch out and start providing income for families in their area.

they came fully prepared for the day and were ready with lots of questions.  i tried my best to provide them with relevant information.    it was so simple for me… talk about what i have done for the past two years, and show them around.  they seemed so grateful for the time i shared with them.

they day and this group in particular was encouraging to me for two reasons.  it reminded me of how much work we have really done, how much sacrifice rachel has made of the past 6 years, how far the women have come, and ALL that WE have accomplished.  it really made all the hard work seem worth it.  i was also encouraged and humbled to be praised by my peers, people that are here in the country with the same hope, to make life a little better for the poor.  to you dear friends, i am humbled and have nothing but respect for you.

after reflecting a little bit on the day, i feel as though God had divinely appointed this moment for us.  i was in desperate need of a little reminder.  my hope is that i could have been equally helpful to the courageous women that visited us.  may you be strengthened by the Lord and carry on.

i wish i had gotten a picture with them to show you 😦



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i have no words, yet for the sake of saying something, I’m glad your story is told, i can know who you are and how to pray

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