Five Hours South of the Border – Homeward Bound

20161225_095614At the end of the epic trilogy, Lord of the Rings, Frodo, the main character, says the following as he reflects upon the challenge of going home after a life changing event:

“How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand, there is no going back?”

I now understand why those involved in humanitarian projects seem to return over and over again. For Ramon and Jenni, this was their third trip to San Quintin. For us, it was our first.

Going forward,  it is hard for us to imagine a Christmas where we are not serving at the level we did on this great experience. When compared to many of the other fantastic organizations that do so much good in the world, the scope and impact of our meager contribution can be easily diminished.

No one’s bodies were healed.

No one’s car was repaired.

No one got a new home.

But we waste too much time comparing ourselves and our contributions to others.

The miracle of this San Quintin experience was that, for one brief shining moment, a group of 27 people from different backgrounds and experiences was able to give of themselves. Yes, it required each one to stretch a bit and to leave behind their comfort zones. But we did it!

Maybe the lives of those we touched will be changed, maybe not. But I am convinced the lives of those who participated were greatly enriched by the opportunity to serve. 

bethesdaAs Christ said:

He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Thank you, Ramon and Jenni for providing us this wonderful opportunity to serve. Thank you to the kind and great people with which we had with pleasure to serve.  

All this, just five hours south of the border.

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4 thoughts on “Five Hours South of the Border – Homeward Bound

  1. Thanks for writing this up! It was wonderful to read—and truly amazing that life is so different just a few hours south of the border. :/ Maybe one year we’ll join you (it sounded like Karen wanted to go next year when we talked to her), but for now…we’ve made a goal to complete 12 service projects in 2017 (one a month, more or less). We will try to think of something we can do…any ideas?

    -Book drive
    -Knitted hats
    -ummm…

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  2. Just finished reading your postings. What an amazing experience. Yes this should be shared. I can picture caravans of people going down to Mexico to share Christmas with their brothers and sisters.

    Grant

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  3. I loved reading all of your posts about your experience in Mexico. I share many of your insecurities! We’re friends with the Roberts and have contributed in small ways. They have big hearts and are brave. Thanks for writing about your experiences!

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