When teams come from Canada to partner with us at Schools of Hope, it’s great to hear their first thoughts. They see things with fresh eyes and new perspective. This November, I will be in Honduras for 4 years and it is easy to take things for granted or lose sight of things.
Recently, while a team was here, we were doing a team debrief at the end of the day and this conversation came up. The team had been doing ministry at a school and the ladies needed to use the washroom. They went in and one stall was, well disgusting. Another, the door wouldn’t lock. Another, messy. When they came out, they said ‘Wow, this place was a mess’. Carolyn was outside waiting for the ladies and told them, ‘Wow, this washroom is nice’.
Perception is based on our own reality and experiences.
What the ladies did not know, is that the washroom was beautiful, in comparison to the other schools where we work.
Over this past year, we have had some amazing opportunities to go into people’s homes while we install water filters. It is amazing how the poorest home, with very little material possessions is filled with so much joy. It surprises me when we ask to pray that their first request is for salvation for family members or health – not more money or more stuff.
It is easy to see things from our North American mindset and see the poverty and think that people need a new home or material things. It is part of our culture to want to fix things, it’s not bad, it’s just part of who we are. Especially, Canadians! But our perception is based on our experiences and what we believe makes us happy.
I am so thankful for the opportunities to be challenged in my views. My perceptions of people, their lives and what they truly need.