Jul. 25, 2016

What I Didn't Say: Saturday, July 23, 2016

The work team from Iowa left today. We all piled into the van to take them to the airport. And today has been hard. And through this I’ve learned so much. But I wish I had more time with this phenomenal group of people. And there are so many things that I didn’t say. So I’ll say them now.

                Tom: In the past ten days I have been thoroughly entertained by your Spanglish. Your willingness and readiness to work has been greatly appreciated.

                Christine: Your confidence and perky attitude have been so wonderful to have around. Your personality and presence have been such a blessing in the past 10 days and I know that it will be a blessing to countless other people as well.

                John: Since I’ve been here, worship music in English has been basically nonexistent. Hearing you play the guitar and listening to everyone sing has been more of a blessing than I can say. Thank you so much for playing “The Unclouded Day” for me so we could record a video for my Great Uncle Gussie’s funeral. And especially for learning the song basically on the spot. You have no idea how much it meant to all my family back home, and to me as well.

                Joni: You have been a blast to be around. Your love for people and for Christ is infectious. I know that God still has great plans ahead for you and your family. And you better believe that if I’m ever in Iowa I will be stopping by.

                Austin: I have really enjoyed your lively spirit and joyful attitude. And your dish washing/drying skills will definitely be missed around the house.

Jonah and Zach: When I lived at home my niece and nephews came to visit most every day. So having you two around was like there was a little piece of home with me.

                Hannah: Last Thursday you moved into my room a complete stranger. To be completely honest, after having my own private room for the past nine weeks I wasn’t necessarily looking forward to sharing. But once you arrived I was so excited to have someone close to my age to talk to in English. Then I thought, “Woah Brianna. You’re talking way too much. She’s gonna think you’re weird.” But after ten days with you full of attempting Spanish, painting, running, eating giant cookies at midnight, lighting candles, eating too many plantain chips, watching sunsets, and so, much, glitter, I can say with confidence that you left today as one of my best friends. When we returned to the house today I opened my door and the room felt empty. All that was left from your stay was a keychain with a ridiculously long tail, and the faint smell of your plantain chips. I will be planning a trip to visit you at college as soon as I get back to the States. I’ll bring the glitter.

I am uncertain if any of you will ever read this. But let it be known that the impact you have had here in Saltillo, Mexico will not be forgotten. I thank God for bringing us together because you have been a blessing to me.