Taylor went to Guatemala with her mother in the summer of 2008. This is her story about the experience.
“I traveled to Guatemala with Caroline's Promise in July of 2008. I learned so much on my trip. I had never been out of the country and it was so good to travel with my mom. I loved having her all to myself. I didn't really know what to expect on our trip. I knew we were going to visit orphanages and try to spread the Gospel but I didn't realize how much different the children in Guatemala would live from the way I live in the U.S.A.
My life before Guatemala was that I never wanted to go to school. I still got good grades and everything but I wasn't enjoying it. I had a hard time wanting to spend time reading. I just wasn't very interested. My visit to Guatemala changed all that. When I saw this one school we visited, the building wasn't even a full building. It didn't have walls that went to the ceiling or all the way down to the floor. The floor wasn't paved or carpeted like in my school. This school had a floor made of dirt and it wasn't even flat. The students sat on skinny benches. Even though these children didn't have all the good things to use when trying to learn, they all seemed to want to take advantage of what they did have. What changed my opinion of school was that all the kids we met during our trip to Guatemala wanted to learn to try to make their life better.
Now I enjoy the the opportunity that I have to learn. I still don't like homework but I deal with it. One of the best things that has happened in my life is that now I read so much my mom has to tell me to stop. I was on the Battle of the Books team last year and it was so much fun so I am looking forward to doing it again this year. God really used my trip to Guatemala to show me I have so much here and I am blessed with many things so I need to take advantage of them. I am so glad I got to go to Guatemala.”
As Taylor learned, we all can make a difference and the impact is not just on those we serve but on ourselves as well.
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