Mia's heart blew Mia's mind
We just finished up two back to back SuNica Trips which were made up of 100% NEW people that SuNica had never really met before. Both trips went swimmingly and we're glad that we didn't have to use our release forms. It's always fun to be with people who have never been to Nicaragua or perhaps have never even been on a short-term mission.
Sometimes, the experience can lead to your heart exploding. This is a good thing, especially when you let it affect the way you're going to live out the rest of your days. Below is an excerpt of a girl named Mia's thoughts after Nicaragua got to her heart.
from Mia's blog:
Mother Teresa says, “The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty – it is not only a poverty of loneliness, but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”
So which is the greater poverty? The people that I encountered in Nicaragua were so filled with joy of the Gospel. They didn’t desire more things or money – they were content with what they had. They recognized the spiritual poverty that many of us carried, and they reflected the hands and feet of Christ in loving us and teaching us the true importance of life.
The truth is that we can never completely eradicate poverty from the world – it just isn’t possible. We can do everything possible to alleviate the pains of poverty, but the true beauty of serving is living with compassion and solidarity with those in poverty, and translating it to the poverty around us and within us.
To read Mia's full blogpost, click here.