Big hellos and heartfelt goodbyes

Knowing how hard it was to say goodbye after just one month with these children in 2012, I had been dreading my final days.

_0020_Goodbye with Purity by ELI sign_R

And as I sat on the plane yesterday with an aching heart, I wondered how long it would be before I get to see these beautiful faces again . . .

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Uncovering Problems without Solutions

The last week has been really good.  And by really good I mean I have uncovered many problems in Turbo and have zero solutions.  Some might argue this is a really bad place to be.   I am choosing to trust this is exactly where I am supposed to be.

I spent three days last week walking through the slums in Turbo (specifically Kampi Mawe) listening to the challenges of the community and making some new friends.  Let me introduce you to [Read More…]

July 9th, 1981

32 years ago today, I popped out of the womb in St. Louis, MO and landed on Parkland Ave, a middle to upper-middle class neighborhood where food, clothing, shelter, and education were viewed as a right not a privilege.

And even though my basic needs were being met, I wanted more.  I constantly compared myself to others yearning to be skinnier, prettier, smarter, richer, and of course, for my parents to be cooler.

I’m pretty sure the look on my face sums [Read More…]