Letting Go: The Power of Just Being There
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galations 6:2
As long as I can remember, I have wanted to help people and fix their problems. It was the major reason I joined Franciscan Mission Service (FMS) and served in Guatemala for three years. I was young and energetic, willing to do anything to change the world for the better.
I arrived in Guatemala wide-eyed and ready to go. What I wasn’t ready for were the frustrations I’d feel bumping up against issue after issues that I just couldn’t fix. No matter what technique I tried, I couldn’t teach a dyslexic women to read. No matter how many hours I invested in lesson plans, I couldn’t teach kids who had to go harvest their family’s crops instead of coming to school. No matter what approach I took, I couldn’t get the villagers to overcome their decades long prejudices to agree on a Community Center that was meant to bring them together.
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