Just like every culture, there are people struggling in the Navajo community. Seeing some of the living situations here in Gallup, NM has opened my eyes. While tutoring at Church Rock Elementary School, I have learned about some of the kids living situations. It makes me wonder why God gave me the life he did. Why am I so blessed with a loving family that is financially stable while some kids are growing up in trailer neighborhoods where shootings occur weekly and alcoholism is a severe problem? It has made me realize that I need to give back to a higher extent.
This weekend is our last weekend in New Mexico. We only have three more days until we make our departure for home in our separate ways. I am going to be headed to Florida for a short trip with my Dad. Megan will be off in Santa Barbra, CA only a few hours from Charis who will be in Ontario, CA. Dani and Joyce will be headed home in the van (aka "Kool Express) to Springfield, IL and Grand Rapids, MI.
I started packing some of my clothes in one of my suitcases and it's definitely a bitter sweet experience. While I am excited to return home, I vividly remember rolling all my clothes as tightly as possible in order to cram as much as possible into two suitcases three months ago. Saying goodbye to these girls is going to be so strange. I've lived with them for three months and seen them everyday. I wouldn't be surprised if we had separation anxiety ;). haha. But seriously, I am so thankful that we have bonded over these past few months. We have shared an unforgettable experience that we can reminisce about for the rest of our lives. This has been a once in a lifetime opportunity and I thank God for giving me the opportunity to come on this semester program.