Give These 3 Things for a Successful Trip: It doesn’t take much to make a difference

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In July 2009 I spent about 2 weeks teaching English and being helpful to the international workers who housed and fed us. I’ve had some time to reflect on my journey. I’d like to share three things I’ve learned from my trip.

  1. It doesn’t take a lot of talent or skill to make a difference. Our main work was talking to the students. Most of us were quite capable of speaking well in our native tongue. We listened to our students. Again this is something that was managed easily. Lastly we showed them affection, compassion and care as the situations arose. We treated all people with dignity. None of these behaviors needed a lot of talent or skill to do well. And yet, the exercise of these behaviors yielded great gain. I.e. One student recently said that until attending classes at the learning center, he hated all Americans. But through the ministry of compassion, listening, and dignity a blinding stereotype was eradicated. That has worldwide as well as spiritual implications!
  2. It doesn’t take a lot of time or words to make a difference. The time we spent with individual workers was limited.  And yet, by their own admission, we made an emotional and relational difference because of the time, prayers, and thoughts we shared with them. Our very presence let them know that we placed a high value on them as individuals and as co-laborers.
  3. It doesn’t take a lot of donations to make a difference. As you might remember we posted a list of needed items in the CrossRoads and bulletin. We requested such things as aspirin, multi-vitamins, baby clothes, thank you cards, granola bars and chocolate chips. Your response overwhelmed us (“carrier pigeons”) because it was so generous. The workers were surprised and touched as well by your response. Individually we wouldn’t have made such an impact. But together? Together our individual donations made a huge impact and difference.

 As a side note, it was cool to be able to be a “carrier pigeon” and see/experience the delight and warmth of the workers as they realized what and how much you all gave. One of the workers expressed wonderment that people she didn’t know cared enough to send items (gifts) and she recognized that for some this was a sacrificial gift.

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  • 1. Brenda  |  . at .

    Thats so interesting, especially the part about traveling into the future (July 2010). I’d like to hear how you did that 😉

    These are some good suggestions, with or without the time travel.

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  • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

    Brenda – lol. No time travel on this trip although I did have some jet lag afterwards. Thanks for letting me know about my error; all fixed now.

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  • 3. Lorie  |  . at .

    It sounds like a wonderful experience.

    I wanted to stop by and let you know that you won the Secrets of the Mountain DVD and Sountrack.

    Please email me your mailing address. lorieblogs (at) gmail (dot) com.

    Thanks.

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  • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

    Thanks, Lorie for visiting, the comment and for winning! This is starting out to be an awesome day. 🙂

    I’m leaving you a message right now!

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  • 5. Rachel  |  . at .

    You all were such a blessing and we can’t say thanks enough for being “carrier pigeons” it was awesome to receive so many chocolate chips- it was christmas in July!!! We missec you guys this summer

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