I have been to Mexico City, back for a day then on to various cities in the Great state of Texas (yes I am an obnoxious Texan) for a little over a week with the hub bub. I have been home for a week and the leaves have changed, the evenings have come earlier and I bought some boots the other day cause it’s cold outside!!
Mexico was amazing as most Compassion Trips are! The city is large and filled with beautiful old architecture. The two projects we were able to visit were totally different giving a greater appreciation for the culture and the area. I can now say that one of my favorite projects I have ever had a chance to visit sits right outside Mexico City. The pastor and his wife are both artists, so not only have they made the project and the grounds esthetically pleasing, but their focus on teaching the arts to the kids is evident! They have an art studio that I would love to work in, and the talent was overwhelming. They truly understand and practice the idea of Art Therapy (which has become a greater passion of mine)! They use the arts as a way to counsel so many of our kids in need. So not only is the art work beautiful to look at, it is a beautiful story of redemption. Below is the painting I purchased from Frida! I called her my own little Frida Kahlo!
The other Project in Mexico City that we were able to visit sat on a hill, mountain, slope, hardly able to keep your balance side of the world. Seriously it was a great workout that day not only for my thighs but for my balance! What a fun Project filled with cute cute kids (did I mention they were CUTE)!
The area’s condition was really difficult we looked at stacks of homes and the polluted water running beneath manmade bridges. But maybe what was even harder was to see across the way a white wall and behind that white wall sits wealth. Lots and lots of wealthy homes, buildings, people etc. First, I did not realize there was that much money in Mexico City (maybe I am naïve) but it was difficult to see that white wall, that’s purpose in being built was to separate the two.
I have been back for a few weeks now, and have had friends leave on another Compassion Trip. I am always amazed to hear/read the stories we all experience because it’s always something new and always something inspiring. Shaun Groves is in Ethiopia ( a country I LONG to visit!) with my friend Brian. I have been reading their blogs being able to better imagine that country. Read Shaun’s blog about this quote below, but I LOVE it! One of Compassion’s leaders in Ethiopia, Shiferaw is large part of Compassion’s role in Ethiopia He has big Dreams for not only Compassion, but also rescuing every child from poverty in Ethiopia and when asked about his BIG dreams he replied. . .
“Abraham was asking God for just one child – just one – and God asked Abraham to count the stars.”
Did I already say. . .I LOVE that!! Compassion has BIG dreams for every child in poverty. . .every single child.