Tag Archives: kindness

What’s it All About?

3 Sep

When I arrived in Riga, Lativa in June 2013, I was met by the founder’s son of Kristiana David School, Jacob.  I was immediately struck by his angelic features  on his tall frame.  We made arrangements to travel to the central part of the country, Madona.  Although we missed the train, a bus was easily boarded and we headed off.

The summer at Kristiana David school was filled with prayer, gardening, cleaning and growing as a person.  I didn’t know if I could be a role model for the children, some who have no parents.  There were days when I thought I made the wrong decision to spend the summer there.  Maybe I was too selfish to follow the structure of the day.  Wake up at 9:00am, working until lunch, rest, work until around 6:pm.  But, I wanted to help in any way I could, so I did my best.

The day I left was emotional.  By that time, I had became so close to the beautiful people there.  I loved the girls, Manta and Madera.  We would do things together when not working, like gathering mushrooms in the forest.  We laughed, danced and they tried really hard to speak in English to me.  It was hard to say goodbye.

In the end, I feel like this was one of the most successful adventures of my life.  Latvia is an amazing country and  the people I met will always be in my heart.

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‘The Girl with a Red Coat” (original artwork)

29 Mar

This was drawn at the Shanghai airport while I was waiting for my flight home.  I was waiting for a taxi to take me to the train station when a Chinese girl walked up to me.  She was wearing a long, red down coat.  I had never seen her before, but she helped me  flag down a taxi.  When the taxi stopped, she said something to him in Mandarin and waved goodbye.

I was so thankful for her assistance and kindness.