Learning How to Serve

In her Joseph Store House "uniform."
One of the things that is very important to me is that my kids have an expanded world view.  I feel lucky to have grown up in one of the poorest countries in the world because it helps me appreciate what I have.  However, many kids here have no idea how privileged and blessed they are.  They throw tantrums because they do not have the latest toys or because they can't eat what they want, my kids included.  For that reason when my husband said he was going to be deployed to Japan for 6 months, I knew I wanted to spend the better part of the summer helping my parents in their missions in Laredo, TX.

We have been here about two weeks, and I already feel like my daughter is learning so much and is being exposed to a life and world so different than what she is used to.  There are parts of Laredo that are obviously very modern, but some of the areas where we work is a world away from the comfortable life we live in PA.  My daughter is also learning the meaning of service and that life is not always just about playing.  The best part about it is that she is truly enjoying it.

Pricing items at Joseph Store House

Up until now, she has helped pack boxes for victims of a flood.  She volunteers at the Joseph Store House helping stock and price items.  She helps (and plays) at the En Gedi Ranch.  The ranch is located in one of the poorest areas of Laredo where many of the residents live in run-down trailers.  The ranch serves as a community and training center for the residents.

Pueblo Nuevo

My 15-month-old sharing a meal with the kids from Pueblo Nuevo. 

And of course she has made a slew of new friends in just about every area where we work.  But these friends are not like her friends back at home.  They do not have nearly as many toys as she has and do not live in the comfortable conditions that she enjoys.  And yet they are kids just like her who love to laugh, run, play, and just have plain old fun!

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