My trip living in a bus with 9 others was an experience both challenging and inspiring. I met some of the most inspirational people there that I will ever meet. I found other’s I could express my feelings about Africa, and poverty to and they understood me! No one teased me for caring about people across the world they cared too. I learned even more about poverty and eventually more and worse things. It was overwhelming I soon felt helpless with the ocean of hurt there was in the world.
I learned about child soldiers, in depth about how they were forced to kill their families, leave their villages and join the army or the rebels. I learned about sex slavery where young girls and boys were sold for sex multiple times a day. Learning that sometimes the children were stolen, and other times they were sold by their families was hard for me to understand. I started learning statistics about dying children and families and my dream to move to Africa and open my orphanage was still there but it was fading a little. There was so much hurt out there I needed to get involved more deeply, how do I choose which hurt to help? I opened my heart up to all the problems and, I became bitter. Nothing angered me more than ignorance.
The job of our team was to help children and teenagers with self worth, honesty and purpose. I listened to the most inspiring group of speakers everyday and never got tired of the show or the music. I was enraptured by my team leader Meagan’s speech every time she spoke it even after listening to it nearly every day sometimes twice a day for 4 months straight. The people on that team changed the lives of an uncountable amount of students and likely teachers as well.
This trip was hard for me, I was young and so very immature. I know now looking back, that I could have risen on this trip much more than I did. However. it was a learning experience and though yes I have some regrets I also learned more about myself, my faith, and how to love.
This trip helped to concrete my belief that yes I needed to move to Africa and help those who were suffering. However, I lost a little bit of my faith, and my relationship with God, already estranged, was fading. I was losing faith in humanity as a race, there was so much suffering and people are causing the suffering, people support the suffering, or worse they pretend it isn’t there so they don’t have to feel guilt.
My passion was strong as a raging fire but was tinged with black hate.