Friday, March 10, 2006

Written in 1993...

At the end of the Anastasis outreach in 1992-93 I wrote the following for our ICS yearbook. The end of if- about the children with measles- is what encouraged me to go to Med School.

"As I reflect back on my time in Sierra Leone, West Africa where a lot of the school year took place, I am reminded of all of the things that took place during the five month stay. The time that was spent in Sierra Leone was long but also very rewarding.

I remember walking throught the streets listening to the sounds of childrens' voices saying, "One love, one love."

I remember strolling along the sandy beaches, watching the sun slip over the horizon.

I remember the hot days spent in the classrooms, with the 'rusty old' fans oscillating.

I remember the youth group's trip to the beach: playing tug-o-war, banana football, and having wheelbarrow and three-legged races.

I remember the high school promthat took place at the Atlantic Club, situated right by the beach and surrounded by palm trees.

Most of these experiences were fun, interesting adn exciting, But my milestone was set out at a village called Macumba, during my week of outreach.

I remember sitting down under the little palm-branch covered hut among the sick children adn their hopeful moms. The sight of those children tugged at my heart. Holding a hopeless and suffering, measle inflicted child in my arms, after watching two other kids die from the same thing, made me realize how fortunate I really am. I also know that with God's strength I have something great that I can give to the dying children in the world today."

1 comment:

Jared Alfonso said...

What a great story, I really enjoyed it! My name is Jared Alfonso I was on the ship from 1989-1991 from age 9-11. Actually we were in school together, but you prob dont remember me since I was a few years younger. Your brother was in my class though.

So I can really relate to that story. Keep up the great work!!
jaredalfonso@hotmail.com

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