This is my opportunity to return to the mission field and love children from other lands.
I've always had a heart for missions. As I worked with the youth group for 8 years as an advisor I served in many states. I did everything and anything I was able to do from VBS to building in support of others from Monessin, PA to Vermont to South Carolina in a home for abused children. I've gone to Bolivia four times working along the same lines, even clowning for the people. God has given me a grace to endure hardship, to have empathy for the people, and a love of culture, but most of all for the children. I love surprising them with simple games to which they've never been exposed and seeing their suprised look turned to delight and laughter. I found myself raiding the dollar store before I'd go to stock up on bubbles and balloons and whatever else I could fit into my bag to share with these children. I saw the ravages of devastation revealed when people have absolutely nothing as two mothers fought over the last doll so hard that they tore the head off. The missionary and I simply cried with such revelation. The most touching moment I recall was listening to one of the missionaries share her pride in the spiritual and personal progress she saw in the women of that tribe as she shed tears of joy. I cried that night and desparately wanted to remain there with her. There has been no greater fulfillment, other than my own family, that has touched me to the core as these experiences. My desire is to go there and support our friends who have gone before us, especially Marianne, who left our worship team. I know she misses singing in English so she can sing in her heart. I'd like to join her in song and in loving the children.