Love. Joy. Faith. These three words sum up my life in Bolivia. Everywhere you looked you could see God’s love. I saw it in the children’s smiles and laughs. I saw it when they were playing and when they were learning. I saw it in the eyes of an elderly woman I visited and in the many people who welcomed us into their families. I felt love everywhere and saw joy everywhere. The children were so happy. A simple soccer ball would bring hours of entertainment. It brought joy to my heart just by being with these children. My faith in God grew down there and helped me get through rough times. It deepened my faith.
Part of my heart will always be in Bolivia. Each one of people down there has stolen a little piece of it. I realized just how much of my heart is down there when I came home in December. Thankfully I have been giving the opportunity to go back. On Monday, I will be heading back to Bolivia for another school year there. The 15.5 months that I spent down in Bolivia had taught me so much and I thank God for giving me the opportunity to go down to Bolivia and meet them as well as having wonderful family and friends up here supporting me.
When you have love, joy, and faith, what more do you need?
“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”