A Glimpse of The Future

 We knew that our church in Austin was filled with an amazing bunch of youth.  This trip was proof.  Instead of ski slopes, movie marathons, or even Hawaiian sun (no lie), these seven teenagers spent their spring break helping strangers in Guatemala.  

While medical emergencies, stomach upset and high fever tried to sink us, in the end, the week was an incredible success.  We planted vegetable gardens in areas of extreme poverty.  We distributed seeds to village women so they could find the satisfaction in watching food miraculously grow out of a tiny speck.  We shared a meal with a malnutritioned little girl, and watched borders and language barriers vanish as kids played like they never had before.

However, the most amazing thing of all was watching a group of teenagers discuss their own life changes and wrestle with the confusion of our world.  Many people may not think too highly of newest generation, fearing the future in the hands of kids who surf the net and live in a virtual reality.  Not us.

We watched tears roll down their faces as they tried to understand poverty in a world with such wealth.  We saw a group of youth determined to change the way they live.   They talked about the sheer luck of being born in the wealthiest nation of the world, and the responsibility that comes with it.  They talked about changing the ay they spend their time and their money.  They talked about a love for the poor that many adults will never recognize.  For all of this, we are truly grateful.  God bless these youth and their ability to affect our future for the better.  

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