bangon philippines

cultivating joy

“do small things with great love.” – mother theresa

It’s taken me awhile to want to write about volunteering on the island of Leyte where typhoon Haiyan (also called Yolanda) hit the Philippines.  When we left the project I felt a bit down and it was hard for me to shake the funk I’d been in.  Last year when I was volunteering in Haiti I couldn’t help but feel happy working side by side with the families who’s new homes we were building.  There was so much excitement and anticipation as you helped to build new walls and put on a roof and eventually splash on some bright paint.  Juxtapose that with almost a year later digging through rubble and smashing down walls, pulling out stuffed animals and clothes and school papers.  Its was a humbling experience to say the least. It was also a very good lesson.  Everywhere you…

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