My trip to Honduras in 2010 was unforgettable. I went there with my church to bless the people there. One of the most emotional times there was the orphanage called “Yo Querio Ser,” meaning “I want to be.” All the kids wanted was someone to love them, so I and the others poured ourselves into the kids. We played futbol with them, listened them speak Spanish, and let them know that we cared. The little girl that I bonded with is named Gabriella. She would laugh at my horrible Spanish, so she asked me to teach her some English. We spent countless hours laughing and teaching each other our languages at best we could. She held my hand and asked me if she could go to the United States with me. My heart broke for her. When I had to say goodbye, we both cried and I knew I would never forget her. To this day, I pray for her and think about her. In Honduras, we also visited some schools where we did arts and crafts, songs, puppet show, games, and shared the gospel with them. I remember the sea of children as they strained to listen to the interpreters. They were so hungry to hear what we were saying. We also had the opportunity to give away presents from Operation Christmas Child. These gifts had been donated during the Christmas season, but it isn’t until June when the gifts are actually distributed to the kids. The look on their faces was priceless as they unwrapped their gifts of dolls, racecars, bubbles, and coloring books. Later, we did the girls’ hair and nails, and they told the interpreters that they felt like princesses. I not only realized that I take for granted to life I have here in the United States, but this trip made me realize that God is big and working all over the world. I was so blessed to go and experience God in such a real way. This trip is the most memorable because of the different culture and the lasting effect on me. Since my time in Honduras, I have found more ways to volunteer in my community and put others above myself.
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