A View From The Youth – Nicki Almes

This has been one of the best weeks of my entire life. Some moments have been emotional, others have been funny, and some have been inspiring. All in all, I think I can speak for everyone on this trip when I say that we have definitely seen Jesus here.

These kids here are the most generous and giving people I have ever met. They are always so willing to give you anything they can and are so excited when they do. They have been so happy to give you everything, even if it’s just a balloon or a bracelet made out of pipe cleaners.

Although they don’t have much, they have so much to be happy about. During one of my classes, a kid shared that he was happy because he was alive and he had a mom and a dad. Another kid said that she was happy because her friend got a scholarship. None of the things that brought them joy were material things or based on selfishness. 

I have made so many friends here, regardless of the language. I don’t consider it to be a language “barrier” but more of a language difference, because it doesn’t prevent us from talking to and connecting with these kids on a personal level. I was able to talk with one girl for over 45 minutes. She didn’t know any English and considering I hardly know any Spanish, that was definitely a God thing. 

It is amazing to me to see just how much God is working in the lives of these kids. I came here to make a change in their life, but they also changed mine and I will always be thankful for that. The way these kids are living and the way that Jesus is shining through each and every one of them gives me so much hope. I feel so encouraged and so inspired by all of my friends here and I can hands-down say that coming here to Guatemala was the best choice I ever made.

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