A week ago I took this picture to help me remember...

A week ago I was standing on the soil in Guatemala.

I had the opportunity to share about my week with my church family on Sunday.  I wore these boots and I told them why...

 I've been on several trips to other countries where you see such heartbreaking need all around you.  I know that my life and perspective has been shaped through the years by these experiences.  I wore these boots on Sunday as a reminder that as much as I was moved to make a difference in those moments standing there in Guatemala, life back in my "normal" can soften the urgency over time.

I snapped pictures while I was there and as I was scrolling through them just hours later they seemed unreal.  I wonder if it's because it's hard to process the reality of what I was seeing?

I don't know.

But I do know, I want to remember...

I want to remember the mom that walked with her children 3 hours one way so they would have food for the day.

I want to remember the filthy dirty plastic 2 liter bottle that her child held up to me to fill that I'm pretty sure he had just picked up in the dump that was a few feet away.

I want to remember the precious babies being held by brave moms choosing to leave all they have known to do what's best for their sick children.

I want to remember the scared little girl that was probably going to lose her infected left eye due to not receiving treatment early enough.

I want to remember the joy and gratefulness on the faces of the people in the village where we dedicated a well so they could have clean water.

I want to remember the little boy in the plaid shirt that came and sat by me and melted my heart.

I want to remember that my feet stood on this soil and in that moment I knew I could make a difference.

 You can too.

Thank you! x0x0

Susan

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