Nicaragua – Me-ism Never Satisfies

Compassion Bloggers Nicaragua 2013 - Project 111 - Day 3

I don’t want to live a life of me-ism and I don’t want that for my kids. I was taught from the time I was old enough to learn by seeing my mother’s actions, by hearing her words, that you do something to help others, no matter how bad things are for you.

Compassion Bloggers Nicaragua 2013 - Project 111 - Day 3
That life isn’t worth anything if you live it only for yourself. Working 40+ hours a week to buy a nicer car, bigger house, thinking that this will bring you fulfillment and make you happy, then when it doesn’t thinking that just one more thing will be what it takes.
One more thing.
Me-ism.

Compassion Bloggers Nicaragua 2013 - Project 111 - Day 3

My Mama, in her wisdom, always says “You should always be doing something to help someone less fortunate than yourself.”

Compassion Bloggers Nicaragua 2013 - Project 111 - Day 3

There are all sorts of things you can do. I regularly do things to benefit a local food bank, I help raise donations when disaster strikes different areas in the US, I vote on issues that are important to me, I smile at people and take time to look them in the eye when I see others treating them as if they are invisible.

And I explain what I’m doing and why to my children. I teach them that it is there responsibility, as people who have been blessed, to take those blessings and use them to bless others.

But that isn’t enough. In a society and a culture that is all about Me-ism, I have to do more to vaccinate my children and myself against it.

Our world is all about me. Many relationships fall apart because people don’t want to love one another more than themselves. Mamas and Daddys leave because parenting demands too much of them. We feel empty inside so we buy a new car , get a new career, quit our job entirely, leave our spouse, anything to fill the void.

But nothing helps, so we save for a bigger car, take a vacation that will give us more glamorous pictures to share, filling a bucket with whatever water we can find without taking notice that there is no bottom to it.

Me-ism never satisfies.

When you live a life of looking out only for yourself, you walk the loneliest of roads and every effort to fill the void rings hollow.

Some of the least me-ist people I’ve ever known were in the poorest of countries. Places where life was naturally hard and parents woke up before dawn to work all day in hopes of providing one meal for their children.

These are not people who don’t want to worker refuse to try to better themselves, these are people who put in 15 hour days doing whatever labor is asked of them for a few dollars – and are happy to get it. There is a different mindset once you get away from the me-ist society.

Compassion Bloggers Nicaragua 2013 - Project 111 - Day 3

Today I met Lydia. She is a grandmother raising five grandchildren. She smiles and says “I raised my first crop, and now I am raising my second.” as her grandchildren take turns hugging and kissing her. “They don’t call me Grandma, they call me Mama” she says. With one set of parents working out of the country and another mother unable to provide for her kids, Grandma took them in without question. We ask, “How many of your grandchildren are in the Compassion Program?”
“All of them” she says.

Compassion Bloggers Nicaragua 2013 - Project 111 - Day 3
What do you want for your grandchildren, Miss Lydia? ” I want them to get a degree, to work hard, and if God grants me life, I want to live to see them with a degree.”

Compassion Bloggers Nicaragua 2013 - Project 111 - Day 3
Truly, this would be pretty much impossible if it were not for Compassion and their sponsors.

Little Ivan rushes into their shack house and comes out with a letter.

Compassion Bloggers Nicaragua 2013 - Project 111 - Day 3

It is from his sponsor, an 18 year old boy in Korea who is still in high school. He stands a little taller as he hands it to me to read and after the first few sentences I can see why.

Compassion Bloggers Nicaragua 2013 - Project 111 - Day 3

English translation of Ivan’s letter

“As you are a year older now, I hope you would aim or a greater dream in your life and go for it. Although your life may seem plain right now, it will certainly blossom into lots of fruits. If you make a steady effort to achieve your dreams. Children are gifts from God and you are the best of all gifts. You are such a precious person who brings laughter and joy into my life….”

These letters….these make all the difference in the world. It is not just about the education, nutrition, spiritual nurturing it’s also about the personal connection. It’s about a child in poverty such as most of us will never know in our lifetime, knowing that someone else cares enough about them, that they are so very special that a stranger on the other side of the world wants to take the time to encourage and love them.

Compassion Bloggers Nicaragua 2013 - Project 111 - Day 3
It’s about changing a child’s life by loving them, by forming a relationship with them.

By saying ‘Your life is more valuable to me than a weekly latte at Starbucks”

It is about separating ourselves from Me-ism about living for something more.

To some people, the thought of changing the world is overwhelming.

I’ve seen it done for $38 a month.

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Read my post from Day 1 of my Nicaragua trip by clicking here.

Read my post from Day 2 of my Nicaragua trip by clicking here.

I’m traveling with some amazing bloggers and They’re all writing daily posts as well. Visit them by clicking the links below to go to their blogs or by visiting http://www.compassionbloggers.com/nicaragua

 Edie at Life In Grace

Traci at Beneath My Heart 

Kelly at Faithful Provisions

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Christy,

    First {{hugs}}. I know you’re at the part of the trip where you begin to tire, and after giving so much energy during our twitter party, it must have been a challenge to write. BUT you brought a strong word here, one that calls us out and up!

    How true that when we serve another, it’s not just the end of the story; it’s a beginning with multiple roads–how that individual or group is changed for the better, how love for another is lesson for our children, so many paths originating when we choose to do good.

    A strong call to DO SOMETHING, not just as a means to end but for a higher calling. Perfect.

    • Jenn L says

      I’m with Robin! Thank you so much for writing even though you are all so very spent emotionally and physically. Loved the twitter party last night and am praying for you!

      You are showing us the real impact that Compassion is having and I’m praying that many children will be sponsored as a result of you showing us this reality.

      Blessings!

  2. says

    Christy, I have loved everything you’ve shared from your trip. Something I have truly appreciated in reading your posts is how you’ve shown the love, joy, hope and strength of the people of Nicaragua and how Compassion comes along side them to encourage them and provide opportunities they otherwise might not have. Praying for you and the rest of the team as you continue this journey and that those who are reading will say “Yes” to loving a child through developing a relationship with them through sponsorship.

  3. Karen says

    I am enjoying having a fellow Huntsvillian on this trip! THANK YOU for this post…especially for sharing that letter. PRECIOUS!

    Praying right now for you and the rest of the team to finish strong!

  4. Judy Barrows says

    Thanks again for the trip updates.What happens to the men ,what do they do just walk away or go odd somewhere else to work.Only so far seen one father there loving his children.Have a safe trip and don’t feel too bad when you come home cause I’m sure it is hard to leave those little ones.

  5. Terri go Dawgs says

    This post today was beautifully written, expressed from your heart and a point of view that others may now understand more fully. How inspiring and wonderful this trip will be, shared through your eyes and experiences. My friend, Christy, is a great writer and even better human being. Love ya! T.

  6. says

    I love this post! I have been a sponsor since 2009 and very early on, my passion became reaching out to sponsors to help with the ever-important letter writing aspect of this ministry. In our culture, letter writing is a lost art, but to the children of this program, encouraging letters from sponsors can have a HUGE impact.

    My blog shares ideas for letter writing and stories that I hope encourage sponsors to set aside 20 minutes month to write a letter to their sponsored child. Thanks for sharing the importance of letters!

  7. says

    Thank you. Thank you for taking me to Nicaragua again. Thank you for reminding me that my kiddos love the words I write. Thank you for the beautiful photos,…again. Thank you for loving on them all, when you’re at home or there. Thank you for reminding me it isn’t all about me, and to be more joyful. Praying that you have a safe rest of the trip and just an amazing time!!! :) Love reading these posts soooo much…..

  8. says

    Too often, people don’t do anyting because they think the problem is too big. Changing the world is easy. It starts with us, it starts with our own families. One family making the difference in one child’s life. I pray that many people begin their sponsorship journey from the many blog posts all of you have shared this week!

  9. Eileen says

    I went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic years ago. I was the interpreter for 65 people. it was an exhausting and heart wrenching experience, but the rewards surpassed that 100 times over. Loved the pictures and it took me back to my memories of the love the people gave.

  10. ashley says

    Hi Christy, I hope you enjoyed your trip to nica. Nicaragua is such a beautiful country, it has a lot of lessons to teach people,these lessons my grandma taught me at an early age. it is amazing to see how people can have so little and their hearts are full of love not material possessions. I am glad you got to visit and experience central america, I enjoy your blog and your recipes! con amor ashley

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