Sometimes you experience things that change your life.
Things that alter your vision...
a birth of a child
the death of a spouse
a wayward teen.
Sometimes it is a trip to another country
to see God's beauty in the sea, the air and the land.
And for me it was a trip to
To a land so beautiful...
but the people so broken...
so in need of God's Love.
And while I was there...
I met people committed to bringing
Hope and Love to the people.
To loving the poorest of the poor,
to feeding the children both physically and spiritually.
To day in and day out point all they
come in contact with
The Happy Church focuses on children.
The reality these children live in is mind blowing.
Things I would expect to see in a third world country,
not in Midwest USA.
Parents that numb their lives by
continually living in a drug and alcohol induced state,
leaving little ones to be raised
on their own, or by a grandparent
and even a great grandparent.
One little girl was in the van on the way
home from service and was talking with
a lady from my mission team...
She was explaining that every night
her mommy and her boyfriend
her daddy and his girlfriend
(by the way they all live together in the same home)
will get drunk or high and wake her up
and "play tricks on her"
but when they aren't bugging her
she explained that
the mice will often walk over her
keeping her awake.
But then she said," those mice are funny looking...
they have big heads, skinny bodies and long tails"
It makes me stop and think,
those little ants that find there way into my kitchen