Not long ago I mentioned that Chris and I were eager to give our kids the best gift we’ve provided them to date. Our kids hugged my neck so tightly and I cried happy tears on Christmas morning when we shared with them that our family is headed to Guatemala with Lemonade International in April.
Why go to Guatemala? 3 reasons.
1) Sharing. This trip is an opportunity to use one of my best strengths – sharing. I’ll share opportunities, ideas, mindsets…and then connect you (my friends) to them. My goal is to provide you specific ways to get involved in the positive change happening in Guatemala and to expand your sense of what living a minimalist life can do for you, or rather…do for others. This approach of sharing is the one we took across Europe while building up a team of church online leaders, and it’s the same approach I use today of sharing our simple life through this blog as a means of challenging you to live with less.
In Guatemala, our family will work in what’s known as the largest urban slum community in Central America. While there, I will share stories and images of the beauty and pain that make up the incredible country. I will allow you to observe the awkwardness and joy that can be experienced simultaneously by entering into others’ lives, and I will invite you to do the same as you feel led to in your own life.
2) Heritage. Guatemala is my daughter Mackenzie’s home country. She belongs in our family forever, but it is sad she does not get to grow up in that wonderful place. Chris and I developed a love for Guatemala, its people, its food, and its landscape during our previous two visits there, and Mackenzie is old enough now to have her first memorable experience of all that Guatemala truly is. We want her to love her home country as much as we do. It’s a large part of who she is, and our goal in adopting her was not to erase her past but to expose her to her heritage as a means of shaping her life into what God intends it to be.
3) Disruption. Everyone needs to be disrupted now and then. One of the best ways to gain a fresh perspective on life is to travel. Chris, my children, and I – despite having been on many travel adventures together already – could use a little disruption of our suburban American life.
Most of these statements of mine cannot be said by those whom we will encounter this April in Guatemala:
* Food is available when we are hungry.
* We do not fear the gangs operating outside our doorstep as we sleep at night.
* Our children can attend school.
* No one in our family struggles with drug abuse.
We are eager to witness the increasing hope in the slum of Guatemala City, brought on by the passionate team at Lemonade International. Through the use of micro-finance projects, a school, and vocational training, they are transforming a community and bringing change to our daughter’s precious homeland. How could we not go and share with you the great things God is doing through Lemonade International? What a privilege!
In the months to come, I look forward to sharing with you how Chris and I are preparing our children for this experience, and I am eager to discover all that God leads you and me to do as a result of our family’s journey shared via this blog.
Learn more details about our bloggers trip and those who will join us for the journey with Lemonade International here.